This page provides an overview of the APEGS application process. For detailed process information for your application type, go to the appropriate page using quick links or the site map. If you do not understand which application type to choose, go to the Start Application page and that page will lead you through a series choices.
If you do not have a professional licence (P.Eng., P.Geo., Engineering Licensee or Geoscience Licensee) from another province or territory in Canada then you must apply as a member-in-training before you can become a professional member of APEGS, regardless of how much experience you have. There are no exceptions to this rule.
APEGS Membership Categories
APEGS has four types of membership for individual engineers or geoscientists. After you become a member you can vote, participate as a volunteer and make use of other membership benefits.
A member-in-training is an engineer-in-training or geoscientist-in-training who has met the academic requirement to become a professional member including direct confirmation of graduation, but who has not met the work experience requirement, written the Professional Practice Exam or provided references. A member-in-training can only practice engineering or geoscience work under the direct supervision of a professional member. The professional member takes responsibility for the work of the member-in-training.
A professional member is a professional engineer or professional geoscientist who has met all the requirements for professional membership and who can take responsibility for their own engineering or geoscience work. Their field of practice is not specified on their licence, but they can practice only in the areas in which they are competent.
An Engineering Licensee or Geoscience Licensee is a member who does not meet the normal academic requirement for P.Eng. or P.Geo., and who has a combination of education and experience that allows them to take responsibility for their own work within a specific and restricted scope of practice.
An Engineering Licensee has the same priviliges as a P.Eng., and likewise, a Geoscience Licensee has the same priviliges as a P.Geo. The only difference is that a licensee will have a specific scope of practice, defined and approved by APEGS, indicated on their licence. This is the scope of practice that they are able to independantly practice within. If a licensee wants a change to their scope of practice due to additional experience in areas, they need to apply again and submit five years of work experience reports that correspond to the changes they are requesting to their existing scope of practice.
If you are not sure if you meet the academic requirements for professional membership, contact Tina Maki or Kate MacLachlan. If it is still not clear that you meet the academic requirements for professional membership after talking to Tina or Kate, you should apply as either an engineer-in-training or a geoscientist-in-training anyway and see what the results are. If the result shows that you do not meet the academic requirements, your options would be to fulfill the deficiencies, or apply as either an engineering licensee or geoscience licensee. There is no application fee for engineering licensee or geoscience licensee if you applied as a engineer-in-training or geoscientist-in-training in the past.
A life member is a member who is 65 years of age or more and who is retired. Life Members are not required to pay the annual membership or the annual licence fee. To apply for Life Membership, send the following statement to the APEGS office in writing (via letter, fax or email): “I wish to apply for Life Membership. I am eligible for Life Membership and confirm that I comply with the criteria.” The application for life membership is also sent every year to all members with renewal notices.
A temporary licence is only available for Professional Engineers registered in the State of Texas or those with a Cedula in Mexico. For more details on eligibility go to the Temporary Licensee page. Temporary Licensees do not have to write the Professional Practice Exam. Note that a Temporary Licensee is not a member of APEGS and cannot vote for Council or at Annual or Special meetings of APEGS.
To become a professional member (P.Eng. or P.Geo.) or an engineering/geoscience licensee, you must meet five (5) requirements.
There are two steps to become a professional member. First you must become a member-in-training. To become a member-in-training you must meet the academic requirement (i). The other four requirements must be met before you can become a professional member. To become an engineering or geoscience licensee, all five requirements must be met before you can get registered.
- Academic Requirement
- Work Experience
- English Language proficiency
- Professional Practice Exam
- Good Character