The unprecedented health emergency in Alberta has greatly disrupted the educational atmosphere. To fight the spread of COVID-19, many educational institutions have employed alternative course offerings and grading systems for the remainder of the 2020 winter semester.
To help Alberta graduates understand how recent developments may impact their potential APEGA applications, we have answered the most frequently asked questions. Any changes to application processes will be applied to Canadian and internationally trained applicants.
Engineering students – University of Alberta and University of Calgary
APEGA will accept courses and transcripts that have a pass grade in place of a letter or number grade for all engineering programs. This grading system will not affect your application or its processing time.
Please note: All engineering programs at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Students graduating from CEAB programs will be considered academically qualified for registration purposes.
Geoscience students – University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University
APEGA will conduct a course-by-course evaluation of your academic credentials, as is standard practice, and will accept courses and transcripts with a pass grade in place of a letter or number grade. Any credit earned will be accepted. This grading system will not affect your application or its processing time.
Please note: You will still be expected to have completed at least one session of field school during the program.
APEGA understands that all University of Alberta courses for Winter 2020 will receive a CR (credit) or NC (no credit) grade as indicated in the University Calendar. Please review the COVID-19 situation information on the University of Alberta website for the most current updates.
Following the recommendations from the government and health officials, we have cancelled the ethics workshops that were to be held at the University of Calgary in March and the University of Alberta in April. If you were registered for one of these workshops, you should have received a letter outlining the cancellation.
You will still receive a coupon code for your reduced application fee. Codes will be sent shortly, and you should receive them by April 8. They will expire on June 3, 2020, allowing you 60 days (instead of the regular 30) to start your application.
As the COVID-19 situation continues across the country, many educational institutions are adjusting business processes to accommodate the health and safety of staff and students. This has limited the ability of Canadian students to have official paper transcripts sent to APEGA.
During this time, APEGA will accept electronic copies of transcripts from the institute’s Registrar’s office. Please have the Registrar email the transcripts to [email protected]. APEGA will use your electronic transcripts to process your application.
Conditional decisions will be made by the Board of Examiners pending the receipt of official documentation after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
APEGA continues to receive mail from most Canadian educational institutions and we are processing as we can. We understand these are challenging times and have made arrangements to be flexible with our applicants. When the restrictions have lifted, we will contact applicants with outstanding application requirements and make suitable arrangements then.
APEGA is aware that WES is not accepting further submissions at this time. We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as it progresses and provide updates as we can. We encourage you to monitor the WES website for the most up-to-date information regarding their COVID-19 process arrangements.
If you are a recent university graduate, the member-in-training designation is usually the first step in becoming a professional engineer (P.Eng.) or professional geoscientist (P.Geo.).
There are two member-in-training designations:
- Engineer-in-training (E.I.T.)
- Geoscientist-in-training (G.I.T.)
As a member-in-training, you can practise engineering or geoscience in Alberta and gain experience towards your P.Eng. or P.Geo. licence. You must work under the direct supervision of a professional engineer or professional geoscientist.
Member-in-training designations are valid for only eight years. More information on time limits can be found in Division 4, Section 11 of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.
Restrictions on how you can use your member-in-training title and designation are explained in Right to Practise & Title.
Requirements for Member-in-Training Applicants
To become a member-in-training, you must meet the following requirements:
Geoscience Applicants (G.I.T.s)
- Must be of good character and reputation.
- Must have graduated from a university program that:
- satisfies Geoscientists Canada's Knowledge and Experience Requirements guide
- or is a related program that the APEGA Board of Examiners considers to be equivalent.
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 Board of Examiners.
Apply to be a Member-in-Training
To apply, 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.
|M.I.T.s enrolled in another Canadian province or territory||$100|
|Annual M.I.T. dues||$196|
Former M.I.T. requesting reinstatement
(in addition to regular annual dues)
These prices do not include GST and are subject to change. Application fees are non-refundable.
How to Pay Your Application Fees
The easiest and quickest way to pay is online! Log in to the Member Self-Service Centre to pay by:
- American Express
If you want to pay in person, APEGA can only accept cheques. We do not accept cash payments, and we cannot process credit card or debit payments at our offices.
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 should include all of your academic records. Depending on your academic background, this may include:
- undergraduate degree transcript¹
- 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 graduation²
- legal name change
- academic-assessment report if your degree is from a university outside of Canada
¹ A transcript is a list of all post-secondary courses you have taken. It lists your grades and your degree.
² 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 must receive transcripts and certificates of graduation 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.
APEGA does not accept:
- in-house training certificates
- published journals or papers
- class or university ranks or distinctions
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 enroll, defer, or refuse your application until it feels that you have fulfilled the requirements in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.
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:
- is recognized by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (for engineering applicants)
- meets the requirements of the Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements (for geoscience applicants)
- is a related program that the BOE considers to be equivalent to number 1 or 2
Board of Examiners Decision
The BOE will make a final decision on the recommendations regarding your academic qualifications.
The BOE meets once per month, excluding July, and decides whether to enroll, defer, or refuse 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 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.
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.