Experience Requirements for Licensure

The Board of Examiners (BOE) places strong emphasis on:

  • your ability to apply engineering or geoscience principles
  • your demonstrated technical proficiency

The BOE will consider increased technical competency and increasing levels of responsibility when evaluating your experience.

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Areas of Experience the Board of Examiners Looks For


Application of Theory

At least 2 years of application of theory in your respective discipline, which must include:

  • selecting solutions and solving problems
  • preparing and checking designs or interpretations
  • evidence of sound technical judgement and practices
  • demonstrated familiarity with the use and application of pertinent technologies, procedures, systems, and programs.

While your experience can include the collection and analysis of information and data, it should not be the major component of your experience.



Your management skills must include:

  • managing project resources
  • planning, scheduling, budgeting, and cost control
  • developing team skills and understanding professional and business ethics
  • keeping appropriate records

Your experience can include developing an understanding of corporate structure, legal aspects of contracts, quality-assurance programs, and cost-impact studies


Practical Experience

The practical experience must include:

  • being exposed to work-site operations
  • recognizing limitations in designs, interpretations or recommendations, and understanding the application of pertinent codes and regulations
  • understanding the interdependence of disciplines, systems and activities, and developing working relationships


Societal Implications

Your experience must show evidence that you are familiar with:

  • safeguards
  • how engineering or geoscience benefits the public
  • the roles and responsibilities of regulatory agencies in your specific field of professional practice



Your communication skills must include:

  • writing technical reports
  • making presentations to management, peers, or the public

Experience different from your degree

Different Discipline

If your experience is in a discipline different from your degree (e.g., a mechanical engineering graduate working in petroleum engineering), the BOE may require you to obtain experience beyond the four-year requirement. Your experience should be related to your degree.

Different Field

If your experience is in a field other than your degree (e.g., a geology graduate working in engineering), the BOE may require you to obtain:

  • substantial academic upgrading
  • experience beyond the four-year requirement
  • both academic upgrading and additional experience.

The requirement for academic upgrading or additional experience will depend on the APEGA designation for which you are applying. Your experience should be related to your degree.