Licensee | APEGA


Licensee is the designation APEGA gives to an individual who:

  • has met the all of the academic and experience requirements for licensure in engineering or geoscience
  • is not yet a Canadian citizen

A Licensee:

  • can independently practise engineering or geoscience in Alberta
  • is subject to the same ethical and practice standards as a Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist
  • must comply with the Continuing Professional Development requirements


You can start your application while living outside of Canada. You must meet all of the following requirements:

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements listed above may be academically qualified if their total academic qualifications (including post-secondary and post-graduate studies, exam, courses, and experience) are acceptable to the BOE.


You must have 4 or more years of engineering or geoscience experience to apply to be a Licensee. If you do not have 4 or more years of experience, you must apply to be a Member-in-Training.

To apply for a Licensee licence, complete the online application. The initial questions will let you know for which designation you are eligible.

APEGA adheres to the privacy standards under the Personal Information Protection Act regarding the collection, disclosure, and use of personal information. It is the applicant’s responsibility to personally complete all components of the application. APEGA does not accept third-party submissions and will only answer questions from the applicant.

Start Your Online Application


New applicants $500
Licensee registered in a Canadian province or territory $250
Current APEGA Members-in-Training $325

These prices do not include GST and are subject to change. Application fees are non-refundable and are not tax deductible.

Required Documents

APEGA will not review your application until we have all required documents and you have paid the application fee.

After submitting your application, you have 90 days to send us all of the academic documents you listed on your application. If you do not submit these documents within 90 days, APEGA will cancel your application. Your application fee is not refundable.

To avoid delays, please ensure that:

  • your full name and APEGA ID number are included with all documents
  • your application includes your current phone number, mailing address, and email address

You can check the status of your application or update your contact information by logging in to the Member Self-Service Centre. If any documents are missing, they will be listed as not received or incomplete.

If you have questions, you can email our Registration Department at or call our Edmonton office.

You should include all of your academic records. Depending on your academic background, this may include:

  • undergraduate degree transcript
  • post-graduate degree transcript
  • technology diploma
  • non-engineering or non-geoscience degree, diploma, or courses taught at a university level
  • transcript showing all transfer credits
  • certificate of graduation
  • legal name change
  • academic-assessment report if your degree is from a university outside of Canada

For transcripts* and certificates of graduation*, APEGA must receive them from your academic institution in an unopened envelope clearly marked with the institution’s official seal or stamp. APEGA only accepts these documents in hard copy.

*A transcript is a list of all post-secondary courses you have taken. It lists your grades and your degree.
**A Certificate of Graduation lists your degree and the date of graduation. If your transcript does not list a date of graduation or your degree, ask your academic institution for a Certificate of Graduation.

APEGA does not accept:

  • training certificates
  • published journals or papers
  • class or university rank or distinctions

Review Process

After paying for and submitting your application with all necessary documents, the Board of Examiners (BOE) will review your qualifications. The BOE has the authority to approve, decline, or defer your application until it feels that you have fulfilled the requirements in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.

Academic Review

The academic review looks at your university education. Include information about all of your degrees if you hold multiple degrees in engineering or geoscience (e.g., undergraduate and post-graduate degrees).

The BOE will require you to write exams, get additional experience, or both if you are not a graduate of a university program that meets one of the below requirements:

  1. is recognized by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (for engineering applicants).
  2. meets the requirements of the Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements (for geoscience applicants).
  3. is a related program that the BOE considers to be equivalent to number 1 or 2.

Experience Review

Your application includes a work experience record. An Experience Examiner, who is a member of the BOE, will look at the type, quality, and duration of your work experience, as well as how recent it is. The Experience Examiner will provide a recommendation regarding your experience to the entire BOE for review.

Board of Examiners Decision

The BOE will make a final decision on the recommendations regarding your academic and experience qualifications. The BOE meets once per month, excluding July, and decides whether to grant, defer, or reject licensure.


  • BOE meeting dates are not available to the public.
  • We cannot release decision information over the phone.
  • We will email you the decision by the end of the following month after the BOE meeting.

Application Status

You can check the status of your application by logging in to your Member Self-Service Centre account. If any documents are missing, they will be listed as not received or incomplete.

If you have questions, email our Registration Department at or call our Edmonton office.

Document Retention

APEGA is committed to the security of your information.

You have 90 days to pay for and submit your application. If after 90 days you have not completed and paid for your application, we will destroy all electronic and physical records related to your application to protect your privacy and personal information.

Once your application has been submitted, all associated documents (such as transcripts, WES reports, and work experience records) become the property of APEGA and will not be returned to the applicant, a Member, or any third party. This policy applies to originals, copies, and electronic documents.