Board Of Engineering Advises All Developers Print


The Board of Enginering of Trinidad and Tobago urges all developers to use only registered engineers in the design and construction of any engineering work.

The Board advises that such a policy could mitigate potential disastrous consequences now and in future years, particularly in the present environment of accelerated development activity in the country.  It would also help to ensure that the Country gets quality for money invested.

The Engineering Profession Act, 1985 makes provision for the registration of Engineers in Trinidad and Tobago.  A Registered Engineer is bound by a strict Code of Ethics under existing legislation.  However, there is no legal requirement that one must be a Registered Engineer to practise engineering in Trinidad and Tobago.

This contrasts with other professions, such as:-


  • The Legal Profession – where only lawyers accepted by the local bar can practise law.
  • Medicine – where only practitioners accredited to the Medical Board can practise medicine.
  • Plumbing – where only licensed plumbers can practise plumbing.
  • Electrical installation – where only licensed wiremen are allowed to wire buildings etc.


All development designs have to be approved by appropriate approval agencies.  However, anyone can design engineering works and construct buildings and structures including those used by the public as stores, theaters, cinemas, community halls, libraries, schools, night clubs, sewerage disposal systems and highways etc.

To safeguard the public, the Engineering Community has prepared legislation to require that only Registered Engineers should legally be allowed to practise professional engineering in Trinidad and Tobago.  The legislation is yet to be taken to Parliament.

In the interim, the Board of Engineering strongly urges all Employers, Agents, Developers, Entrepreneurs, Designers, and Constructors to hire, employ, contract, or otherwise ensure that only Registered Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago, or individuals acceptable to the Board, are engaged for professional engineering works in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Board of Engineering has been regulating the practice of engineering in Trinidad and Tobago for 20 years. It is responsible for assessing whether an applicant qualifies for registration, keeps a register of all registered members in Trinidad and Tobago, and can take disciplinary action against any registered engineer who breaches the provisions of the Board’s Code of Ethics.

At the end of 2010, the Board had 869 active engineers on its register.