The process of applying for membership in a provincial professional
engineering association is as follows:
1. After graduation from a university, college, or technical
school, the applicant may apply for registration.
2. The association will inform the applicant which
are required to write. If the applicant is a graduate from an
accredited university in Canada he/she will normally be required to
only write the Professional
Practice Exam, and this after four years
of work experience. Those applicants who are not graduates from
recognized universities, in Canada or abroad, will be asked to write
certain exams. These may total in excess of twenty or more. The only
information provided the applicant is a syllabus of the exam, a list
of recommended text(s), a course equivalent list, and a copy of a
previous exam. The applicant is now on his own. No instruction is
provided by the provincial association. It only administers the
exams which is done twice per year, in the spring (May) and in the
winter (December), although Alberta and Quebec have a different
At this point the applicant has many options (a-f):
a) Give up.
b) Write the exams without any help, basically through self
study. It can be done. People have done it! I did!
c) Consult the Course Equivalent List provided by the
provincial association (if one exists in your province) and hope
that a local university is able to provide at a time convenient to
you the necessary courses which are deemed equivalent to the exam.
Successful completion of these courses may exempt
you from having to write the provincial association exam.
Check with your local provincial association first before you
undertake this option. In the case of the PEO this option
is not available for the Basic Studies examinations and those
candidates that have been assigned a Confirmatory Program. That may
be true for other provinces as well. Check with your provincial
d) Contact the
technologist association and check if there are any program
or courses offered through the association.
e) Contact CYBERED
or other providers for
tutoring or exam solution assistance. Experienced
educators/engineers will assist you in becoming familiar with the
old exams and their solution. Note that after Cybered
assistance you will still need to write the provincial association
f) Check with large universities such as the
University of Toronto
or a private firm such as
EPIC. They sometimes offer correspondence, or evening classes in
some of the subjects. Be sure to check with the provincial
association that the course(s) offered are equivalent to the
provincial exam in your province. If not, you may still be required
to write the provincial exam.
3. Upon completion of all the exams and a thesis (if required),
the candidate will have met all the academic requirements for
admission into the association.