Becoming a professional engineer (PEng)
In Canada, only a professional engineer (PEng) is licensed to practise engineering and to take responsibility for their work and that of others. This includes signing and sealing design documents. Unlicensed engineers have to be supervised by a professional engineer.
PEng status is similar to chartered engineer (CEng) status in the UK.
PEng status is similar to chartered engineer (CEng) status in the UK and is awarded by the relevant provincial or territorial engineering association (see below).
Before becoming a PEng, you may need one full year of experience in Canada, supervised by a licensed engineer. While you're working towards becoming a PEng, you may be able to register as a 'member-in-training', a 'temporary PEng', or 'non-resident licensee PEng'.
Generally, to become a PEng you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. If you intend to work in Quebec, you should be able to write and speak in near fluent technical French.
Before you can work in Canada you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or hold a temporary work visa. Find out how you can get a visa:
The national engineering organisation is Engineers Canada.
However, each province or territory has its own engineering association, which awards the PEng license.
The national civil engineering organisation is the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. This is a learned society but can't give licenses.
Recognition of existing qualifications
Unfortunately, Engineers Canada and the Engineering Council in the UK don't recognise each other's professional qualifications. This means that even if you have a UK professional qualification, you'll have to start at the beginning if you want to get PEng status.
However, both institutions have signed the Washington Accord which means academic qualifications are recognised. So, if you have a degree that's been accredited by the Engineering Council for CEng level you shouldn't have to sit any other exams for the PEng.
If you have problems getting your degree recognised, or are asked to give more information, please get in touch with ICE Representative for your region for advice.
ICE in Canada
ICE has representatives in four regions of of Canada. Please visit the ICE Canada webpage for contact details.
Our representatives are volunteer qualified members and are not immigration or employment agents. However, they are able give you advice on working as a engineer in their regions.
Canada is a vast, sparsely populated and particularly beautiful nation to work in as an engineer, and has many opportunities.
Find out more
Engineers Canada has produced some useful guidance for people thinking about working as an engineer in Canada: