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Examination Syllabi

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.

Basic Studies  
Basic Studies  
Complementary Studies  
Complementary Studies Reference Textbooks
Discipline-Specific Studies  
Agricultural / Biosystems / Bioresource / Food Engineering Reference Textbooks
Biomedical Engineering  
Building Engineering  
Chemical Engineering Reference Textbooks
Civil Engineering Reference Textbooks
Computer Engineering Reference Textbooks
Electrical Engineering Reference Textbooks
Engineering Physics Reference Textbooks
Environmental Engineering Reference Textbooks
Geological Engineering Reference Textbooks
Geomatics Engineering Reference Textbooks
Industrial Engineering Reference Textbooks
Mechanical Engineering Reference Textbooks
Mechatronics Engineering Reference Textbooks
Metallurgical Engineering Reference Textbooks
Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering Reference Textbooks
Naval Architectural Engineering Reference Textbooks
Petroleum Engineering Reference Textbooks
Software Engineering Reference Textbooks

To learn more about the requirements for your examination program, contact the engineering regulatory body where you are applying.

For more information

For more information contact Ryan Melsom, Manager, Qualifications and CEQB Secretary at