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Why become licensed?

You have your engineering degree... now what?

Although you have completed your engineering degree, you are not yet an engineer. In Canada, to use the title engineer and to practice engineering, you must be licensed by one of the country’s 12 engineering regulators. This professional designation opens vast opportunities for future career development and earning potential.

Licensed engineers are recognized by employers, peers, and society for their commitment to the profession and are trusted to provide the best expertise. It’s everything from protecting public safety, designing life-saving medical treatments, harnessing renewable energy sources, creating sustainable infrastructure, strengthening cybersecurity, advancing space exploration, and more.

Performing all of this important work requires the talent and expertise of all people to ensure it truly addresses the unique and diverse needs of the public. Regardless of your social identities—race, gender, ability, class, and more—there is a place for you in engineering!

The profession needs you, and pursuing licensure ensures that you can create a positive impact while reaping other personal benefits.

As a licensed engineer you can:

  • Make a difference every day. From designing groundbreaking innovations to driving the solutions to the biggest challenges our society faces, licensed engineers are making a difference in the world every day.
  • Advance your career. Transform your hard work and degree into a rewarding career. With a P.Eng. you can set yourself on the path to better pay, greater respect, career advancement, and future opportunities. You never know the opportunities your future will hold – give yourself every opportunity to succeed by gaining the credentials top employers seek.
  • Demonstrate your commitment. Across the country, engineers are held in high esteem by the public, business leaders, and others. Command respect and join the professional community by turning your B.Eng. into a P.Eng. Whether you graduated recently or many years ago, it’s never too late to get the title and demonstrate your commitment to upholding the values and ethical standards of the engineering profession.
  • Join a community of practice. There is a community of professionals and a wealth of programs to support you on your journey to becoming a licensed engineer. A community of your peers will help you navigate your licensure journey and provide a network of professional contacts.
  • Meet a legal requirement. If you’re practicing engineering, you must be licensed by one of Canada’s 12 engineering regulators. If you’re ever unsure, reach out to your provincial or territorial regulator for clarification.

Explore the licensure process on our site to see what qualifications you need and how to achieve them. For the best possibility of success, look into training and mentorship programs offered by regulators and employers in your province and territory.