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Professional Licensee Applications

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.).

Read about the right to use a designation 

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. 

Read about the Professional Licensee IPMA process 

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. 

After APEGA receives your submitted application and at least one of your academic documents your file will be placed in queue to be processed. For information regarding the status of your application, please log in to your Member Self Service Center.

START YOUR APPLICATION

You have 90 days to submit all documents

Required Documents

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.

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

 

Fees

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 for Professional Licensee Applications

Professional Licensee Application Review Process

After we've received all of your required documents, the Board of Examiners 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.

Academic Review

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

Read about academic documentation requirements 

Experience Review

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.

Read about work experience requirements 

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.

Note
  • 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 the status of your application online

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.

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

Log in to the Member Self-Service Centre

Document Retention

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.