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Examination Syllabus

The Examination Syllabus is a set of topics used by the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies to check an applicant’s academic knowledge needed to be licensed in Canada.

The syllabus is divided into three categories:

  1. Basic studies: These are first-year math and science topics which underlie all accredited engineering programs at Canadian universities and colleges.
  2. Complementary studies: These are topics covering safety, economics, sustainability and engineering management which are required by all accredited engineering programs at Canadian universities and colleges.
  3. Discipline-specific studies: These are a reflection of third- and fourth-year core topics in the engineering disciplines that are offered through accredited engineering programs at Canadian universities and colleges.

Why does the Examination Syllabus exist?

  • To provide an outline to create exams
  • To prepare exams that check the academic knowledge of those who did not graduate from accredited engineering programs
  • To help the regulatory bodies use consistent exam requirements

Who has to write exams?

The engineering regulators have complete authority to assess applicants and may assign exams.

Academic credentials of applicants that have graduated from an accredited engineering program (accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board) at a Canadian higher education institution will not be required to write examinations as all of the engineering regulators accept the academic credentials of graduates from Canadian accredited engineering programs.

Academic credentials of applicants that have graduated from a non-accredited engineering program at a Canadian higher education institution or from a higher education institution outside of Canada will have their academic credentials accessed by the engineering regulators in the jurisdiction where they apply for a licence. The regulator will determine whether the applicant is required to write examinations.

However, applicants from engineering programs from outside of Canada may be recognized under one of Engineers Canada’s International Agreements.

How is the Examination Syllabus developed, approved and maintained?

Engineers Canada looks at the engineering undergraduate programs in Canada and identifies subject topics within the engineering programs.

Volunteers from academia review this information and identify the common core topics for the syllabi.

The provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies provide input on the syllabi.

The Engineers Canada Qualifications Board approves the final version of each syllabus.

New syllabi are developed, following the Syllabi Review and Creation Protocol, when the Engineers Canada Qualifications Board has recognized a new type of engineering practice.

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 / Biochemical Engineering Reference Textbooks
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 Mélanie Ouellette, Manager, Qualifications at