Letter of Recommendation for Post-Graduate Work Experience Credit

As part of an applicant's request for post-graduate work experience credit, APEGA requires a letter of recommendation from the project or thesis supervisor. This needs to be requested by the applicant and must come directly from the supervisor. The Letter of Recommendation needs to be written on university letterhead. 

The Thesis or Project Supervisor can mail the Letter of Recommendation to our APEGA Edmonton Head office or email it from his or her university email address to [email protected] 

Letter of Recommendation Contents

The letter of recommendation must contain all of the following information:

  • If the supervisor is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) and in which jurisdiction 
  • Acknowledgement that the applicant was a graduate student under his or her supervision
  • Length of the applicant's graduate program (e.g., September 2009 to June 2013)
  • Brief description of the applicant’s thesis and research project 
  • Length of the applicant’s full-time research (i.e., all courses)
  • Brief description of the applicant’s research methods (i.e., experimental approach, theoretical modelling, or another methods) 
  • Details about the engineering or geoscience experience and the value of the applicant’s thesis or project report, including: 
    • How the applicant applied engineering or geoscience principles and theory, design and synthesis, technology of data processing, and interpretation
    • What percentage of the applicant's work was related to engineering or geoscience
    • If the research led to publications, list of journals that published the applicant’s research
    • The technical merit of the project
  • Details about the applicant's responsibility and accountability during the project, including:
    • Description of the applicant’s communication skills and their level of competency
    • If the applicant conducted the research independently or relied on others in a significant manner
    • If the applicant did troubleshooting and problem solving to overcome research challenges
    • If there was any delay between conducting the research and completing the degree
    • If there was a delay, what caused it? (i.e., the applicant started working in another position while completing their degree)
  • The applicant's understanding of the societal implications of engineering and geoscience
  • Any other factors that the supervisor feels are valid for the application