Licensee Applications | APEGA

Licensee Applications

Licensee is the designation APEGA gives to an individual who:

  • has met all 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

Requirements for Licensee Applicants

You can start your application while living outside of Canada. If you do not meet the academic requirements listed below, you may be academically qualified if your total academic qualifications (including post-secondary and post-graduate studies, exams, courses, and experience) are acceptable to the Board of Examiners.

You must meet all of the following requirements to become an APEGA Licensee:

Engineering Licensee application requirements

Engineering Licensee Requirements

Geoscience Licensee Requirements

Geoscience Licensee Requirements


Apply to Be a Licensee

You must have 48 or more months of engineering or geoscience experience to apply to be a Licensee. If you do not have 48 or more months of experience, you must apply to be a Member-in-Training.

To apply as a Licensee, 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.

Documents are destroyed after 90 days

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 withdraw 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.


Review Process for Licensee Applications

Licensee Application 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, refuse, 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

Read about writing exams

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.

Read about work experience requirements

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.

Check the status of your application online

Check Your Application Status

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.

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.

How to Reduce Delays in the Review Process

  • Check your application status in the Member Self-Service Centre to see if any information is outstanding.
  • Submit outstanding items as soon as possible.
  • Work directly with your references and/or validators to confirm they have submitted the material APEGA requires.

Note: Your application is not reviewed until all material is received.

Log in to the Member Self-Service Centre


Documents are destroyed after 90 days

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, World Education Services 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.