Professional Licensee | APEGA

Professional Licensee

A Professional Licensee (called a Limited Licensee in some other jurisdictions) has the academic and experience requirements to practise engineering or geoscience within a clearly defined scope. 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.

Professional Licensees 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.


To become a Professional Licensee, you must have the following:

  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education acceptable to the APEGA’s Board of Examiners (BOE) in engineering or geoscience
  • at least 6 years of work experience acceptable to the BOE in engineering or geoscience
    • At least 2 of these years must be within your defined scope of practice and have been completed under the supervision and control of an APEGA Professional Member or an equivalent senior practitioner who had responsibility for your technical work
    • At least 1 year of your experience must be equivalent Canadian experience
  • good character and reputation
  • passing score on the National Professional Practice Exam
  • competency in written and spoken English
  • valid references


To apply for a Professional Licensee licence, complete the following steps in order:

  1. read the professional licensee application instructions. This document will help you complete your application correctly and lists the documents you need to submit with your application.
  2. complete the professional licensee application. Do not use the online application. It is not for Professional Licensee applicants.
  3. sign and date the last page of the application
  4. make and keep a copy of all documents you submit
  5. submit the application and required documents to or send them to our Edmonton office by mail or fax. Do not submit your application by more than one method because that will increase the processing time.
  6. pay for your application by credit card, cheque, or cash at our Edmonton office. Credit card payments are accepted by phone.

Download the Licensee Application Form

After APEGA receives your application and payment, we will email you:

  • your APEGA ID number. Use this number to log into the Member Self-Service Centre to check your application status and print your receipt
  • a work experience record (WER) for you to fill out

Email the completed WER to with your full name and ID number.

You should include all of your academic records. Depending on your academic background, this may include:

  • undergraduate degree transcript
  • 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 graduation
  • legal name change
  • academic-assessment report if your degree is from a university outside of Canada

For transcripts* and certificates of graduation**, APEGA must receive them 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.

*A transcript is a list of all post-secondary courses you have taken. It lists your grades and your degree. **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 does not accept:

  • training certificates
  • published journals or papers
  • class or university rank or distinctions


New applicants $500
Professional Licensee registered in a Canadian province or territory $250

These prices do not include GST and are subject to change. Application fees are non-refundable and are not tax deductible.

Review Process

APEGA will review your application after we have all required documents and you have paid the application fee.

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 can check the status of your application or update your contact information by logging into the Member Self-Service Centre. If any documents are missing, they will be listed as not received or incomplete.

If you have questions, you can email our Registration Department at or call our Edmonton office.

The BOE has the authority to approve, decline, or defer your application until it feels that you have fulfilled the requirements in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.

If you do not qualify to apply to be a Professional Licensee, you may qualify to be a Member-in-Training.