Work Experience | APEGA

Work Experience

The Board of Examiners (BOE) makes the final decisions regarding applications and strongly emphasizes skills and competencies such as:

  • your ability to apply engineering or geoscience principles
  • your demonstrated technical proficiency

The BOE will consider increased technical competency and increasing levels of responsibility when evaluating your types of experience.

Competency-Based Assessments

In February 2017, APEGA will introduce competency-based assessments (CBA) for engineering applicants wishing to become Professional Engineers or Licensees. This process will replace the current work experience record for those types of applicants. CBA enables applicants to demonstrate how their experience meets a competency by using specific examples of their skills and activities.

Until CBA is in place, all applicants will continue using the Work Experience Record. After CBA is in place, engineering applicants applying for a P.Eng. or a Licensee licence, regardless of where they gained their experience or received their undergraduate education, will use the CBA process. All other engineering applicants and all geoscience applicants will continue using the existing Work Experience Record.

In November, to help with this change, engineering applicants applying for a P.Eng. or Licensee licence will be able to use a competency self-assessment worksheet to compare their competencies with APEGA’s minimum requirements. This will help them determine whether they should continue their application or wait until CBA is implemented.

Work Experience Record

The Work Experience Record (WER) is part of your online membership application submission. It details your engineering or geoscience work experience. It is your opportunity to describe your application of technical theory and practical experience during your career.

Unless requested by APEGA, we will not accept your WER if you have less than 4 years of engineering or geoscience experience. If you have less than 4 years of experience, you must apply to be a Member-in-Training.

The Board of Examiners (BOE) may give you credit for pre-graduate and post-graduate work experience.

Completing Your Work Experience Record

  • Submit all of your engineering or geoscience related experience for review.
  • Enter your experience in reverse chronological order. Separate work periods by job title or employer - not by project.
  • Identify your role, responsibility, and types of engineering or geoscience activities you performed for each role.
  • Specify the types of design codes or standards you used.
  • List all gaps in employment, unrelated employment, and parental leave in the summary section of the WER. Do not include detailed descriptions of the gaps. If you do not list all gaps, APEGA will contact you requesting this information. This will delay the processing of your file.
  • Do not submit resumes or CVs.
  • Provide at least three references who can confirm your work experience
  • If you are providing multiple references for one position, create an additional work record for each reference.
  • Describe how you adjusted for cold temperatures in your designs, if applicable.
  • If your work experience is from outside of Canada, describe your familiarity with Canadian practices within your profession.
  • Specific requirements for post-graduate education are contained in the WER. Please follow the instructions carefully.