Engineer-in-Training – International Graduates

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The following steps will walk international graduates through the process of applying as an engineer-in-training.

  1. Begin by reviewing the application process found here.
  2. Next, create a user account with APEGS by clicking here (if you already have an account, you can simply click login).
  3. You will need to check your email for an “APEGS sign up verification” from apegs@apegs.ca. The link in this email will take you to the APEGS Central homepage.
  4. From there, you will need to go to the “Applications” quick link on the left side of the page, select “Apply Now” and choose the Engineer-in-Training International Graduate application type.
  5. Next, complete the information in the “Apply Now” section.
  6. You will then be prompted to pay the application Fees. To submit your application online you must pay the application fee by credit card.
    • Go to fees to view additional payment options.
  7. Apply to World Education Services (WES) (for international education only)
    • A WES ICAP credential assessment is required. (Review WES Details below to determine which type of assessment is required.)
    • If you are unable to obtain a WES assessment, please Contact Us for more information.
  8. Finally, you must send the following required documents to APEGS:
    • Proof of Identification (fillable pdf with instructions)
    • Your resume
    • Official Canadian transcripts
      • If you have relevant, Canadian, post-secondary education
      • Must be issued directly to APEGS by the institution
      • Confirmation of graduation. Choose one of the following options.
        Option 1: Confirmation of Graduation form
        Option 2: Official Transcripts from the institution
        (Please Note: These transcripts must include date of convocation and degree awarded.)
        Option 3: A letter from the institution if the convocation ceremony has not yet occurred
        (Please Note: The letter must contain: Your name, degree awarded, discipline, and date of graduation.)
Good Character Requirement

If, during the application process, APEGS discovers that an applicant may not meet the Good Character Guideline then action will be taken.

WES Details

If any of the following four special cases apply to you, then you should apply for the ICAP Document-by-Document Credential Assessment. Otherwise, you must apply for the ICAP Course-by-Course Credential Assessment.

Special Case #1: You have a four-year bachelor-level degree in engineering (as assessed by WES) and a completed Canadian graduate degree in engineering that has technical engineering content related to your bachelor level degree. Once your WES assessment and Canadian transcript(s) have been received, APEGS will check to make sure you qualify in this category or if you must upgrade to the ICAP course-by-course credential assessment.

Special Case #2: You have a degree that is accredited under the Washington Accord mutual recognition agreement. Once your WES assessment has been received, APEGS will check to make sure you qualify in this category. If you do not, you must upgrade to the ICAP course-by-course credential assessment.

To qualify under the Washington Accord:

  • The date of your graduation must be after the accreditation organization in your country became a member of the Washington Accord.
  • Your degree must be on the list of accredited programs in your country.
  • Your program must have been accredited at the time you graduated.
  • All subjects must have been taken as part of an accredited program.

Special Case #3: You are a licensed Professional Engineer in the United States. APEGS will accept a National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) NCEES Record instead of the WES assessment.

APEGS will accept NCEES experience records again as off September 24th, 2021, with the following additional requirements.

  • Must have some experience on the NCEES record from within the past 2 years that is validated by a PE with first-hand knowledge of that experience.
  • If at least 1 year of experience is from within the North America, 48 months of experience credit will be approved.
  • If there is no experience from within the North America, then 36 months of credit will be approved, and the applicant will be required to meet the Canadian Environment Competencies in the Competency-based Assessment (CBA) system to be given credit for the final 12 months.
  • If the applicant has some experience, but less than 1 year from within the United States, it will be at the discretion of ERC as to whether the applicant will be required to meet the Canadian Environment Competencies in the CBA system

Special Case #4: If you have a professional engineering licence in Hong Kong, Ireland, Australia or Mexico, follow the instructions on the respective pages of the section on international mobility for the required documents and application process.

What Happens Next?

  1. After you have submitted your application and WES assessment (sent to APEGS by WES), APEGS will let you know if an Academic Assessment is required. There is a fee for an academic assessment and you will be required to complete a self-assessment.
  2. After APEGS has received your self-assessment and academic assessment fee, you will receive an email from APEGS indicating that your file is “In Progress”.
  3. The Academic Review Committee will determine whether you have met the academic requirement for professional licensure and you will be notified of the result by email.
  4. Once you have been approved and paid your registration fees, you can use the “engineer-in-training” title. You will also receive an electronic image of your seal and a certificate in the mail.

Please Note: You must keep your APEGS profile information up to date, as APEGS will regularly need to contact you by both email and regular mail.