To practise engineering in Canada, you must be licensed with the engineering regulator for the province or territory where you want to practise. One of the five requirements for licensure is an education in engineering. To determine if your engineering education meets the academic requirement for licensure, please contact the engineering regulator in the province where you would like to work.

Engineers Canada develops and maintains examination syllabi, which are used by regulators to assess education content and test knowledge of applicants without a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) accredited degree or a degree recognized as substantially equivalent by the engineering regulators (either through one of Engineers Canada’s international agreements, or another mechanism).

Examination syllabi represent the body of knowledge typically covered in similar accredited engineering programs in Canada in a particular discipline of engineering. Syllabi are divided in three categories:

  • Basic studies: foundational math and science topics, common to most disciplines;
  • Complementary studies: safety, economics, sustainability and engineering management topics, common to CEAB programs; and
  • Discipline-specific studies: divided by:
    • Group A (common topics across all reviewed accredited programs)
    • Group B (additional topics found in accredited programs)

The following list provides examination syllabi by discipline along with associated textbooks. More recent syllabi include textbooks under each exam within the document. This new method is implemented as syllabi are reviewed and updated. 

What resources are available to me to prepare for exams?

The engineering regulatory body in your area will discuss available resources when they assign your exam(s).

Engineers Canada also provides a list of textbooks and other references for most syllabi. See what’s available to you in the table below.