Work Experience for Professional Licensee Applicants

A professional licensee (P.L.) has a different experience requirement than a professional member or licensee. To become a P.L., you must gain at least six years of engineering or geoscience experience acceptable to the Board of Examiners.

  • At least two years of this experience must be within your defined scope of practice, and must have been completed under the direct supervision and control of a Canadian professional member.
  • At least one year of application of codes, standards, and business processes applicable to Canadian practice must have been gained in Canada, or be equivalent to Canadian experience.

The Board of Examiners (BOE) will examine the nature, quality, duration and how current the applicant’s experience is. The BOE will place strong emphasis on the application of theory as the primary criteria of assessment and may consider exposure or significant involvement in the following broad areas:

  • Practical experience
  • Management
  • Communication
  • Social implications

Applicants who fail to meet the minimum experience requirements, may be assigned additional experience to satisfy the requirement at the Board’s discretion.

An Excel-based Work Experience Record (WER) must also be submitted as part of the application for a professional licensee.


Using the Work Experience Record

Please provide all relevant information only in the space provided. Do not go past the cell limits. Any errors on the submitted WER will delay the processing of your application.

  • Your experience cannot include any Pre-Graduate Experience Credit. 
  • Your experience must be entered in reverse chronological order (newest first), without overlaps, separated by job title or employer. This includes holding different position titles consecutively within one employer.
  • List all gaps in employment, unrelated employment, and parental leave. Do not include detailed descriptions of the gaps.
  • In the "Summary of Engineering Experience" section, only list brief details of the engineering work that was performed.
  • Follow the detailed instructions to record your defined scope of practice.

Read about defining a scope of practice