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Academics

All prospective members of APEGA must have at least the equivalent of a Canadian four-year undergraduate degree in engineering or geoscience. Professional certifications and on-site training cannot be used towards this requirement.

For some basic guidelines regarding the acceptability of certain academic programs, please consult our list of acceptable course equivalents and syllabi, as well as the World Education Services (WES) Degree Equivalency Tool. Please note that the final review of academic documents is done by APEGA’s Board of Examiners (BOE), and it is the BOE that ultimately determines their depth, breadth, and acceptability.

Canadian Academics

For post-secondary degrees obtained at a Canadian university, APEGA requires official sealed and/or stamped physical copies, which must be sent to APEGA from your university. Documents may also be accepted directly from the applicant if they are still sealed by the university and have not been opened.

For Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) accredited degree programs, APEGA will accept either a degree confirmation or a transcript. For non-CEAB and geoscience programs, APEGA requires a full transcript and transcripts for any transfer courses applied towards the degree(s).

Your application will be updated from the receipt of the documents at APEGA’s Edmonton office. This may take up to three weeks.

International Academics

If your post-secondary degrees are from a university outside of Canada, you must obtain a WES ICAP report.  WES is an academic-assessment agency designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to provide educational credential assessments for degrees earned outside of Canada, and is the only academic-assessment agency recognized by APEGA.

The WES ICAP report is only used to:

  • verify the authenticity of academic documents
  • establish the equivalent level of an international academic credential compared with the Canadian university system.

A WES assessment that states you have a "4-year undergraduate degree" is only the first step in the academic assessment process. APEGA’s Board of Examiners must also conduct a full review of your academic credentials to:

  • ensure it is a degree in engineering or geoscience.
  • confirm the acceptability of course content and performance and ensure that they meet the legal requirements for licensure. 

Obtaining a WES Report

After registering with APEGA and receiving an ID number, you will be directed to the WES website to continue the application process. Please follow the instructions provided by WES. WES will send the completed evaluation report to APEGA digitally. Physical copies will not be accepted.

If you already have an evaluation report from WES, you may need to upgrade that report to the WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP). You must provide your APEGA ID to WES when requesting a report upgrade.