Work Experience

The Work Experience Record (WER) is part of your online membership application submission. It details your engineering or geoscience work experience. It is your opportunity to describe your application of technical theory and practical experience during your career.   

Unless requested by APEGA, we will not accept your WER if you have less than 4 years of engineering or geoscience experience. If you have less than 4 years of experience, you must apply to be a Member-in-Training.

Pre-Graduate and Post-Graduate Work Experience

The Board of Examiners (BOE) may give you pre-graduate work experience credit for experience you had before completing your engineering or geoscience undergraduate degree. Make sure that you enter this information in your WER.

The BOE may give you post-graduate work experience credit if you have a Master’s degree or PhD in engineering or geoscience. Make sure that you enter this information in your WER.

Completing the WER

  • Submit all of your engineering or geoscience related experience for review. 
  • Enter your experience in reverse chronological order. Separate work periods by job title or employer - not by project.
  • Identify your role, responsibility, and types of engineering or geoscience activities you performed for each role.
  • Specify the types of design codes or standards you used.
  • List all gaps in employment, unrelated employment, and parental leave in the summary section of the WER. Do not include detailed descriptions of the gaps. If you do not list all gaps, APEGA will contact you requesting this information. This will delay the processing of your file.
  • Do not submit resumes or CVs. 
  • Provide at least three references who can confirm your work experience
  • If you are providing multiple references for one position, create an additional work record for each reference.
  • Describe how you adjusted for cold temperatures in your designs, if applicable.
  • If your work experience is from outside of Canada, describe your familiarity with Canadian practices within your profession.
  • Specific requirements for post-graduate education are contained in the WER. Please follow the instructions carefully.