Applying to Become an APEGA Member

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) serves the Alberta public by regulating the practices of engineering and geoscience on behalf of the Government of Alberta through the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.

APEGA's primary regulatory function is to license members (individuals) and permit holders (companies) to independently practise engineering and geoscience in Alberta. Non-licensed individuals must work under the supervision of a member.

Communicating with APEGA

As part of our mandate to public safety, APEGA uses a detailed and thorough review process for all applications. This process can take up to 12 months (see more about our estimated time frames by application type). We know application delays can be frustrating. That’s why APEGA is committed to efficiency and high standards in our processes and work quality to make every effort to process applications in a timely manner.

APEGA fosters an environment of respect. We will ensure our communication is professional, prompt, and courteous. As part of the good character requirement of applicants, we expect the same level of professional communication from those we serve.

APEGA Members are Individuals

There are four types of memberships with APEGA that you can apply for.

Professional Member

This type of member has the experience and education to practise engineering and/or geoscience without limitation. This member is designated as a professional engineer (P.Eng.), professional geoscientist (P.Geo.), or both.

Becoming a Professional Member

Professional Licensee

This type of member may practise within a clearly defined scope of engineering or geoscience specific to the individual's experience and education. This member is designated as a professional licensee (engineering) (P.L.(Eng.)) or professional licensee (geoscience) (P.L.(Geo.)).

Becoming a Professional Licensee


This type of member has met all requirements for an engineering or geoscience licence, similar to a professional member, but is not a permanent resident or Canadian citizen. This member is designated as licensee.

Becoming a Licensee


These members have met academic requirements but need more work experience to qualify for full membership. They are designated as engineer-in-training (E.I.T.) or geoscientist-in-training (G.I.T.).

Becoming a Member-in-Training

APEGA Permit Holders are Companies

If your company is licensed to practise engineering or geoscience in Alberta, it is an APEGA Permit Holder. Any Alberta-based company that will have professional engineers or professional geoscientists as part of its business must have a Permit to Practice with APEGA.

Obtaining a Permit to Practice