Beginning in September 2020, professional engineer (P.Eng.) and engineering licensee (Eng.L.) applicants will be able to show that they are competent to work in Canada without having to demonstrate 12 months of actual “Canadian Environment” work experience.
The shift away from the time-based Canadian experience requirement is designed to provide better definition and objectivity. The shift also accommodates labour market mobility trends that support applicants who may have extensive engineering experience and knowledge of Canadian codes and standards, but face barriers to acquire in-Canada work experience.
The change is the result of over 6 years of Engineers and Geoscientists BC-led research and feedback from registrants, applicants, employers, and other Canadian regulatory jurisdictions.
Currently, professional engineer and engineering licensee applicants must demonstrate 34 competencies, using the online Competency Experience Reporting System, at competencyassessment.ca. Engineers and Geoscientists BC has identified 8 competencies that demonstrate Canadian knowledge and experience, mostly related to Canadian regulations, codes, standards, quality control, and safety awareness.
The new method means that, while applicants must still show competency in all 34 areas, these 8 competencies can be demonstrated through a combination of Canadian work experience, and through approved courses or programs, such as the Working in Canada webinar—not just in-Canada work experience alone.
The new assessment method has been adopted by Engineers and Geoscientists BC, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS), and the Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island (Engineers PEI).
Engineers and Geoscientists BC plans to communicate directly with assessors and applicants with detailed guidance and training on the new assessment method. Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Working in Canada webinar is also available at no charge.
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