English Competency

If English is not your native language or your undergraduate courses were not in English, you must show your competency in written and spoken English before you register as a Professional Member.

You can show your skill in English by one of these ways:

1. Score the following on one of the tests of English-as-a-foreign-language (TOEFL) exams:

  • 600 or more on the paper-based test 
  • 250 or more on the computer-based test 
  • 100 or more on the online test

To meet the English-competency requirement, email APEGA a copy of your TOEFL score sheet at registration@apega.ca or upload it to your application before submitting it.  

APEGA only accepts TOEFL certifications. We recommend you take the TOEFL from Educational Testing Services Canada. We do not accept results from all exam providers, such as IELTS, TESL and EAL.

2. Send APEGA a signed and dated, handwritten letter showing your English competency. The letter must:

  • be addressed to the APEGA Board of Examiners or APEGA Registration 
  • be at least one page and no more than three pages long
  • describe how you use English to communicate in an engineering or geoscience academic or work environment
  • describe how you gained spoken and written English proficiency
  • be written by you – copying or asking another person to write your letter is considered dishonest conduct. Dishonest conduct may affect the result of your application.