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Work experience

You’ve studied all the texts, completed all the exams, done all the group projects, and now it’s finally time to take the next step and put your knowledge into practice!

At its simplest, the work experience requirement involves finding an engineering job and working directly under a licensed engineer who can sign off on your work hours and achievement of specific competencies.

Competency-based assessment

These competencies represent the required skills that you must demonstrate to become licensed. Most regulators follow a competency-based assessment (CBA) approach. CBA is a process where the applicant provides detailed work experience examples, against specific competence categories. Six regulators use a shared online system that includes a pan-Canadian set of 34 key competencies, non-discipline specific indicators, and specific technical indicators for certain areas of practice. Learn more about these competencies.

Work experience

The skills that you will learn on the job under the mentorship of an experienced engineer will be invaluable, and tracking your progress moves you closer to licensure while keeping you focused and organized as you pursue your engineering and career goals. 

 The information below is a summary of work requirements and is subject to change. Contact your prospective engineering regulator to confirm requirements and the process that you need to follow.

Regulator Pre-licensure program or status Competency-based assessment Number of supervised work hours
Ontario: PEO No Yes 48 months
Quebec: OIQ Candidate to the Engineering Profession (CEP) Yes 24 months 
Newfoundland and Labradour: PEGNL Member-in-Training (MIT) Yes 48 months
New Brunswick: APEGNB Optional Member-in-Training (MIT) Yes 48 months (12 months must be Canadian work experience)
Prince Edward Island: Engineers PEI Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Yes 48 months
Nova Scotia: Engineers Nova Scotia  Engineer-in-Training (EIT) No 48 months (12 months must be Canadian or equivalent work experience)
Manitoba: Engineers Manitoba Engineering Interns Yes N/A
Saskatchewan: APEGS Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Yes

48 months


Alberta: APEGA Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Yes 48 months
British Columbia: Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Optional Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Yes 48 months
Yukon: Engineers Yukon Optional Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Yes 48 months
Northwest Territories and Nunavut: NAPEG  Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Yes 48 months

International engineering graduates

For those who have engineering experience outside of Canada, applicants need to satisfy regulator requirements around work experience in Canada or similar countries, demonstrate knowledge and experience of Canadian regulations, codes, standards, quality control, safety awareness, professional accountability and communication. Each regulator has their own process for confirming international work experience. More information for international engineering graduates can be found at