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As a regulator of the engineering and geoscience professions, APEGS is not associated with the Iron Ring Ceremony or the iron rings.
The Iron Ring
The idea of a ceremony for the Obligation of Canadian Engineers dates to 1922, when seven past-presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada attended a meeting in Montreal with other engineers. Rudyard Kipling responded to a call from the seven engineers with The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, to be administered by the Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc. It was instituted with the simple end of directing newly qualified Canadian engineers toward a consciousness of their profession and its social significance and indicating to more experienced engineers their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting the newer engineers when they are ready to enter the profession.
The Obligation Ceremony is not connected to any other engineering organization nor to any university, although many of them support the idea of the Obligation and may participate in the administration of the Ceremonies.
If you have completed your undergraduate degree outside of Canada, and can demonstrate eligibility for membership in a Canadian Professional Engineers’ Association, you may apply to undertake the Obligation. Apply to the camp near you (links below).
The Iron Ring Ceremony
Note: This information is provided as a courtesy. APEGS and the Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc./Société des Sept Gardiens Inc. are independent bodies. APEGS does not issue the iron rings, the Corporation of the Seven Wardens does. The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Camp #4 (Saskatoon) and Corporation of the Seven Wardens Camp #25 (Regina) generally conduct ceremonies twice per year, in the spring and the fall.
To obtain an iron ring initially, qualified candidates must be deemed worthy, and participate in an iron ring ceremony called "The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer". To be eligible to attend a Ceremony, candidates must have graduated, or be about to graduate, from an accredited undergraduate engineering program in Canada, or meet this academic requirement by having their education judged acceptable for registration as a Professional Engineer in any of the provincial licensing associations in Canada. In practice, this means the candidate is registered as a Professional Engineer or an Engineer-in-Training in those associations where their academic qualifications have already been vetted (e.g. APEGS).
Iron Ring Replacement
If you have lost your ring or the old one is ready for retirement, a replacement can be ordered by contacting the camp near to you. Also, if you are an international graduate and you have been approved as an engineer-in-training or professional engineer within Canada, then you qualify to receive an iron ring.
Replacement rings and The Iron Ring Ceremony (new ring recipient) inquiries can be made by contacting the camp near you:
Corporation of the Seven Wardens Camp #4 - Saskatoon
Corporation of the Seven Wardens Camp #25 - Regina
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina
Visit ironring.ca for other camps and more information.
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
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