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What is a Qualified Environmental Professional?

A Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) is an applied scientist or technologist registered with a professional organization enabled under an Act, who must follow a code of ethics issued by the professional organization, and can be subject to disciplinary action by the organization.

For example, a Registered Professional Biologist "RPBio" is registered with the College of Applied Biology enacted under the College of Applied Biology Act, must follow a code of ethics and is subject to disciplinary action; therefore an RPBio is a QEP.

When do you need a QEP?

A QEP is required any time you are going to perform work in or near the water. This includes both the marine environment and freshwater environments. Examples of projects include subdivisions, dredging and dock construction projects.

Does Balanced have QEPs?

Yes, Balanced Environmental has a number of QEPs on staff that specialize in different project types. The best way to get a hold of one of our QEPs is to call our office at (604) 988-3033 or send an email to Our QEP team is led by Mr. Scott Christie, a professional biologist with 30 years of experience. Select examples of experienced QEPs under his direction are provided below:

What does an RAR Assessment Cost?

QEP rates vary depending on which QEP is used, the project type and the task being performed. Rates range from $55 / hour to $120 / hour.

Recent RAR Assessments

  • Port Coquitlam RAR Assessment for parking lot expansion.
  • Langley RAR Assessment for Shed Construction near Yorkson Creek.
  • Maple Ridge assessment of stream remediation near Kanaka Creek.
  • North Vancouver RAR Assessment for Garage Construction near Range Creek.
  • Langley RAR assessment for house moving project adjacent ditch system.
  • RAR Assessment for sewer system across and along York Lake.
  • RAR investigation for unnamed stream relocation project in Cedar.



Balanced Environmental

Specialists in obtaining project approvals for projects located in or around the water.