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Overview of the Licensing Process

What does an engineer do?

Engineers design products, processes and systems that protect the environment, and/or enhance the quality of life, health, safety and well-being of the public. They also manage world-leading companies at the forefront of emerging technologies.

Why do I need a licence?

Only licensed engineers can practise engineering in Canada.

How do I get my licence?

There are five criteria that must be satisfied:

  • Academics: Hold an engineering degree from a Engineers Canada Accreditation Board-accredited undergraduate program, or possess equivalent qualifications.
  • Work Experience: Fulfill the engineering work experience requirement in the province or territory where you are applying for a licence.
  • Professionalism and Ethics: Pass the Professional Practice Examination (PPE), which tests your knowledge of the laws that affect the engineering profession, the professional standards to which you will be held accountable, and ethical standards and other topics such as patents, trademarks and copyrights.
  • Good Character: Applicants must demonstrate good character.  
  • Language: Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work in either English or French, depending on the province or territory in which they apply for licensure.

What is the role of Engineers Canada with regard to admissions and practice?

Engineers Canada:

  • develops national guidelines that provide advice on regulatory practices
  • develops tools to check the academic knowledge of those who did not graduate from an accredited engineering program
  • assists the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies to develop consistent exam requirements
  • facilitates the mobility of qualified labour, nationally and internationally
  • ensures the academic credentials of graduates of accredited engineering programs are recognized

For more information

For more information contact Kyle Smith, Manager, Assessments at