Academic Qualifications


The minimum academic qualification requirement for professional registration may be met in either of three routes: by graduation from a CEAB accredited engineering program; by graduation from programs recognized under CEAB/Engineers Canada Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA’s) and/or the Washington Accord; or, by the successful completion of an examination program.

CEAB Accredited Engineering Programs

A graduate of a Canadian engineering program that has been accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) is considered to have met the academic qualification requirement.

CEAB/Engineers Canada Mutual Recognition Agreements

A graduate of a foreign engineering program that is covered by a CEAB/Engineers Canada Mutual Recognition Agreement is considered to have met the academic qualification requirement, subject to the specific details of that agreement.

The signatories recommend/agree that graduates of programs accredited by one of the bodies be granted the same recognition rights and privileges as granted to graduates of programs accredited by the other body.

The Washington Accord, signed in 1989, is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs. It recognizes the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies and recommends that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.

The signatories include:

  • Australia Represented by Engineers Australia (1989)
  • Canada Represented by Engineers Canada (1989)
  • Chinese Taipei Represented by Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (2007)
  • Hong Kong China Represented by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (1995)
  • Ireland Represented by Engineers Ireland (1989)
  • Japan Represented by Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (2005)
  • Korea Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (2007)
  • Malaysia Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (2009)
  • New Zealand Represented by Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (1989)
  • Singapore Represented by Institution of Engineers Singapore (2006)
  • South Africa Represented by Engineering Council of South Africa (1999)
  • United Kingdom Represented by Engineering Council UK (1989)
  • United States Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (1989)

Academic Qualification by Examination

For an applicant who has not completed an accredited or recognized engineering program, the Registration Committee, based on an assessment of the applicant's academic credentials, may assign to the applicant either confirmatory examinations or an examination program.

The Academic Information Tool provides a comparison of your undergraduate engineering education to Canadian undergraduate engineering education. The sole purpose of this tool is to provide you with information about your undergraduate engineering education to assist you in making a decision about immigrating to Canada. The results produced are not to be considered a substitute for a formal evaluation. In order to receive an official decision regarding your academic qualifications in the licensure process, please make application to PEGNL.


The geoscience knowledge requirement is based on a typical Canadian university Bachelor of Science or Baccalaureate Degree (B.Sc.) in Geoscience that in most of Canada is four years long and includes 40 one-semester (13 week) courses or their equivalent. In a typical Canadian geoscience degree program, 30 courses are in science and the rest are non-science. Of the 30 courses in science, about 20 are required in geoscience and 10 are required in other sciences, including mathematics, physics , and chemistry.

Since there is not an accreditation process for Geoscience programs in Canada, the following guideline was developed by the Canadian Geoscience Standards Board (CGSB) and is used as a general guideline by the PEGNL Registration Committee for evaluating academic requirements for Professional Geoscience applicants.

The fundamental unit of each outline is the educational unit (EU). One educational unit in a knowledge subject is defined as formal instruction equivalent to a one semester (13 week) course in a typical Bachelor of Science or Baccalaureate degree (B.Sc.) in Geoscience at a Canadian university. For example, one EU could consist of three hours of lectures or equivalent per week, with or without a lab component, for 13 weeks. An EU can be considered to be the equivalent of one three-credit hour course in a 120-credit hour, four-year degree program. The EU, as used here, does not address the manner in which material in each subject area is presented in a university program. Its purpose is to provide a quantitative statement about the amount of geoscience instruction expected in each required unit of study.

Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements for Professional Registration in Canada