Engineer First Time Applying in Canada

About this Category

This category is for engineers-in-training (EIT) or other individuals who are applying for Professional Engineer status for the first time in Canada. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will be applying for a Non-Resident Licence (NRL P.Eng.).

Application Requirements

To apply for Professional Engineer status with Engineers and Geoscientists BC you must meet academic, experience, law and ethics, language, and good character requirements.

A free webinar titled Tips On Improving Your Professional Engineer's Application is available in the Online Store. It is recommended that anyone applying for membership to become a professional engineer view this webinar to learn about the application requirements and how best to present one's qualifications.

Academic Requirements

To apply for registration as a professional engineer, you are required to have the equivalent of graduation from a 4-year full-time bachelors program in applied science, engineering, geoscience, science, or technology. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering from an accredited university program, you may be assigned academic examinations and/or an interview.

Learn more about academic requirements for Professional Engineer status

Experience Requirements

To become registered as a professional engineer or to obtain a Non-Resident Licence, you must demonstrate that you have a minimum of 4 years of satisfactory engineering work experience. At least one of these years must be gained in a Canadian Environment. If you gain experience in a different discipline from your academic degree, you will need to undergo an academic review and possible interview and/or examinations.

Learn more about the experience requirements for Professional Engineer status

Software Engineering Applicants

Applicants who wish to apply for registration through the software discipline can refer to the detailed information provided to determine whether they are required to be registered or licensed by the association.

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Law and Ethics Requirements

English Language Competence for Practice

English Language Competence for Practice is evaluated through:

  • An essay written as part of the Professional Practice Examination,
  • Comments of referees/validators, and
  • Comments of interviewers (if an interview is required).

Good Character Requirement

All applicants must prove that they are of good character and good repute. Engineers and Geoscientists BC will review the information provided in your application to ensure that you meet these standards. To learn more about these requirements, see the page for Good Character Requirement and Registration Hearings.

How to A​pply

Applications are made through the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Online Membership Application.

Documents Required Using the Competency Online Experience Reporting System

  1. *Certified Proof of Citizenship (e.g., birth certificate, photo page of current passport, or Permanent Resident Card. EITs are exempt if already submitted. Applicants are required to upload this document through their applicant dashboard.
  2. Official transcripts, sent directly to the offices of Engineers and Geoscientists BC from your educational institutions (EITs are exempt if already submitted). If required, a transcript request letter is available to send to your academic institution(s). 
  3. Completed experience report using the Competency Experience Reporting System,
  4. Thesis abstracts for masters or PhD if applicable (submitted through the Competency Online Experience Reporting System), and
  5. Confirmation of membership from other professional engineering regulatory and certification organizations outside of Canada if applicable.

In lieu of 2, 3, 4, and 5, US-Licensed Professional Engineers may submit an NCEES Record.

The Traditional Experience Reporting format was phased out on January 1, 2019. All incomplete applications were converted to the Competency Experience Reporting System on January 2, 2019.

To have a copy certified, make a photocopy of your document (citizenship card, birth certificate or current passport) and ask a P.Eng., P.Geo., P.E., or Notary Public to sign and stamp it as a "true copy of the original". 

How Much Does it Cost?

What When Amount
Application Fee - Professional Registration (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada) With application $498.75
Application Fee - Non-Resident Licence With application $498.75
Applicant who is currently an EIT with Engineers and Geoscientists BC
(EIT application fee was waived)
With application $341.25
Applicant who is currently an EIT with Engineers and Geoscientists BC
(paid an application fee for EIT application)
With application $0.00
Professional Practice Examination With examination application $325.50
Professional Practice Examination Study Kit (optional) – picked up in person
Professional Practice Examination Study Kit (optional) – mailed from Engineers and Geoscientists BC
When ordered $238.00
Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar When ordered
Licensing Fee After registration/licensure $283.50
Annual Fee – Professional Registrants P.Eng. or P.Geo. Prorated, paid after registration $472.50

After Applying

It takes approximately 2–4 months to review your application after we have received all of the required documents.

For information about checking the status of your application please see Application Status.

Initially, an academic review is done to determine if you meet the minimum academic requirements for professional engineer status set by Engineers and Geoscientists BC. If these requirements are not met, academic examinations may be assigned. Next, your experience will be reviewed to determine whether it meets minimum experience requirements. An interview may be required as part of the experience review process.

If you have an engineering degree that requires some additional exams to be assigned, but have more than 5 years of satisfactory engineering experience, you may be granted an interview in order to determine if all or some of the academic exams can be waived on the basis of your experience. There is no guarantee that an interview will result in the waiving of academic examinations.

All applicants for professional membership are required to sit and pass the Professional Practice Examination, complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar, and fulfill the English Language Competency and Good Character requirements.

Once registered or licensed, you will be sent a notification email along with a stamp and your certificate of registration/licensure.