Apply to APEGA as a Professional Licensee
A professional licensee (called a limited licensee in some other jurisdictions) has the academic and experience requirements to practice engineering or geoscience within a clearly defined scope of practice. A scope of practice is specific to the experience and education of the applicant. This is different from professional engineers and professional geoscientists, who do not have limitations on their scopes of practice.
The professional licensee designation is covered under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act under Part 7 from section 83 to 86, and the Regulations under Part 10 from section 74 to 78. Professional licensees may use the designation P.L. (Eng.) or P.L. (Geo.).
Professional licensees take responsibility for their work within their scopes of practice, and they do not need to be supervised by a professional engineer or professional geoscientist if they are working within their scopes of practice.
Requirements for Professional Licensee Applicants
To become a professional licensee, please read the following information about the licensure requirements before continuing to the application process:
- at least 2 years of post-secondary education in engineering or geoscience that is acceptable to the Board of Examiners (BOE) in areas related to the practice of engineering or geoscience
- engineering applicants should be graduates of a Sydney Accord engineering technology program or have completed a program of equivalent content
- at least 6 years of professional level work experience in engineering or geoscience that is acceptable to the BOE
- at least 2 of these years must be within your defined scope of practice and have been completed under the supervision and control of a Canadian P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered with a Canadian engineering and/or geoscience licensing body
- at least 1 year of your experience must be equivalent Canadian experience
- good character and reputation
- passing score on the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE). The NPPE is required for licensure but can be written at any time during the processing or review stage of the application.
- competency in written and spoken English
- valid references
Inter-Provincial Mobility Applications
If you are registered as a professional licensee (P.L.) or limited licensee with another Canadian engineering or geoscience regulator, you may qualify to apply for an inter-provincial mobility application (IPMA) to APEGA. Not all Canadian jurisdictions have an equivalent membership category, and it is up to the discretion of the Board of Examiners whether your designation is equivalent to a P.L. with APEGA.
Apply to Be a Professional Licensee
To apply as a Professional Licensee, please start your application through APEGA's Online Application System.
In the work experience section (Step 6):
- Download and save the excel Work Experience Record, and complete within the guidelines listed above.
- Once complete, upload the excel Work Experience Record to your online application in Step 6. You must complete this step to pay and submit your application.
Apply for a Change of Defined Scope of Practice
To apply for a new Defined Scope of Practice you must be a current Professional Licensee registered with APEGA, and you must have a minimum of 2 years of professional level engineering/geoscience work experience in the new proposed scope under the direct supervision and control of a P.Eng. or P.Geo.
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.
Change of Defined Scope of Practice
Professional Licensee registered in a Canadian province or territory
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! The Member Self-Service Centre will accept:
- 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.
Review Process for Professional Licensee Applications
After we've received all of your required documents, the Board of Examiners (BOE) will review your qualifications. The BOE has the authority to approve or refuse your application until you have fulfilled the requirements in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.
An Academic Examiner will look at all the relevant post-secondary education included in your application. Include information about all of your degrees if you hold multiple degrees or diplomas in engineering or geoscience. The result of this review is a recommendation made to the BOE regarding your academic qualifications.
An Experience Examiner 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 and your defined scope of practice.
The BOE meets once per month, excluding July, and decides whether to grant 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.
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.
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.
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.