Engineer First Time Applying in Canada

About this Category

This category is for Engineers-in-Training (EIT) or other individuals who are applying for Professional Engineer status for the first time in Canada. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will be applying for a Non-Resident Licence (NRL P.Eng.).

Application Requirements

To apply for Professional Engineer status with APEGBC you must meet academic, experience, law and ethics, language, and good character requirements.


The Self-Assessment Tool can be used to complete an informal self-assesment of your qualifications before applying.

Academic Requirements

To apply for registration as a professional engineer, you are required to have the equivalent of graduation from a four year full-time bachelors program in applied science, engineering, geoscience, science, or technology. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering from an accredited university program, you may be assigned academic examinations and/or an interview.
Learn more about Academic Requirements for Professional Engineer status >

Experience Requirements

To become registered as a Professional Engineer or to obtain a Non-Resident Licence to practice professional engineering, you must demonstrate that you have a minimum of four years of satisfactory engineering work experience. At least one of these years must be gained in a Canadian Environment. If you gain experience in a different discipline from your academic degree, you will need to undergo an academic review and possible interview and/or examinations.
 
Learn more about the experience requirements for Professional Engineer status >

Law and Ethics Requirements

English Language Competence for Practice

English Language Competence for Practice is evaluated through:
  • An essay written as part of the Professional Practice Examination;
  • Comments of referees/validators; and
  • Comments of interviewers (if an interview is required).

Good Character Requirement

All applicants must prove that they are of good character and good repute. APEGBC will review the information provided in your application to ensure that you meet these standards. To learn more about these requirements, see the page for Good Character Requirement and Registration Hearings.

How to A​pply

Applications are made through the APEGBC Online Membership Application. Documents Required Using the Competency Online Experience Reporting System
  1. *Certified Proof of Citizenship (e.g.; birth certificate, photo page of current passport, or Permanent Resident Card. EITs are exempt if already submitted. Applicants are required to upload this document through their applicant dashboard.
  2. Official transcripts sent directly to the APEGBC office from your educational institutions (EITs are exempt if already submitted).
  3. Completed experience report using the Competency Experience Reporting System.
  4. Thesis abstracts for master's or Ph.D if applicable (submitted through the Competency Online Experience Reporting System).
  5. Confirmation of membership from other professional engineering regulatory and certification organizations outside of Canada if applicable
In lieu of 2,3,4, and 5, US-Licensed Professional Engineers may submit an NCEES Record.
 

Documents Required Using the Traditional Experience Reporting Format (Not applicable to P.Eng. applicants after June 1, 2015)


* To have a copy certified, make a photocopy of your document (citizenship card, birth certificate or current passport) and ask a P.Eng., P.Geo., P.E., or Notary Public to sign and stamp it as a "true copy of the original". Alternatively, you may bring your original document and a photocopy of the document to the APEGBC office to have it certified. If you cannot come in person, you can send a third party to bring in your original document, photocopy to be certified, and a  signed letter authorizing the individual to provide the documentation on your behalf. 

How Much Does it Cost?

What
When
Amount
Application Fee - Professional Registration (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada) With application $472.50
Application Fee - Non-Resident Licence
 
With application

 

$472.50
Applicant who is currently an EIT with APEGBC (EIT application fee was waived) With application $315.00
Applicant who is currently an EIT with APEGBC (paid an application fee for EIT application) With application $0.00
Professional Practice Examination With examination application $325.50
Professional Practice Examination Study Kit (optional) - picked up in person Professional Practice Examination Study Kit (optional) - mailed from APEGBC When ordered $222.00
$246.00
Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar When ordered
$288.75
Licensing Fee After registration/licensure $262.50
Annual Fee - Professional Registrants P.Eng. or P.Geo. (Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada) Prorated, paid after registration $399.00
Annual Fee - Non Resident Licensees P.Eng. or P.Geo. Prorated, paid after licensure $622.25

After Applying

It takes approximately two to four months to review your application after we have received all of the required documents.

For information about checking the status of your application please see Application Status

Intially, an academic review is done to determine if you meet APEGBC's minimum academic requirements for professional engineer status. If these requirements are not met, academic examinations may be assigned. Next, your experience will be reviewed to determine whether it meets minimum requirements. An interview may be required as part of the experience review process.

If you earned your engineering degree outside of Canada and have more than five years of engineering experience, you may be granted an interview in order to determine if all or some of the academic exams normally assigned to someone with your degree background can be waived on the basis of your experience. There is no guarantee that an interview will result in the waiving of academic examinations.

All applicants for professional membership are required to sit and pass the Professional Practice Examination, complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar, and fulfill the English Language Competency and Good Character requirements.

Once registered or licensed, you will be sent a notification e-mail along with a stamp and your certificate of registration/licensure.