Requirements for Registration (download pdf document here)
An engineer practicing in Nova Scotia is required by law to be registered with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (Engineers Nova Scotia). Under the Nova Scotia Engineering Profession Act & By-Laws applicants who want to register must:
- be academically qualified as an engineer
- have sufficient acceptable engineering work experience in your area of qualification
- have an understanding of local practices and Canadian work conditions
- be competent in English
- be of good character, and
- demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and ethics issues.
Applicants for licensure must meet the following requirement for academic qualifications:
- an undergraduate degree in engineering accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), or
- an unaccredited undergraduate degree in engineering or science from a school, college or university recognized by the governing Council of the Association, and successful completion of any required examinations.
If your bachelor's degree is not accredited or is from a country that does not have a reciprocal mobility agreement with Canada, your academic and experience qualifications will be assessed by the Board of Examiners. If you do not hold a degree from a CEAB accredited program or from a recognized program you may demonstrate that you are academically qualified by completing an examination program as assigned by the Board of Examiners based on the Engineers Canada Examination Syllabus.
The experience requirement is four years of engineering experience, obtained after having met the academic requirement. The experience must be approved by the Board of Examiners and a minimum of one year in a North American environment is required. Engineers may practice under the supervision of a P.Eng. to obtain the one year of experience in a North American environment. You must document your experience on the Engineers Nova Scotia Experience Record form. It is very important that the experience records are signed by you and your Supervisor/Employer where the experience was obtained.
English Language Requirement
If your first language is not English, proof of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in English, is required. Acceptable documentation of English proficiency may include positive results of the TOEFL or the International English Language Test, confirmation of education in English, or employer reference letters.
Good Character Requirement
You must provide the names of three people who have known you for a minimum of one year and are willing to provide a reference to attest to your character and engineering experience. Two of the references must be Professional Engineers in good standing with their home association/ordre.
National Professional Practice Exam Requirement
The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) is a combined Law and Ethics and Professionalism exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. Before you can become a Professional Engineer in Canada you must successfully complete the NPPE to demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and ethics issues. This exam must be completed by all engineers in Canada.
The Board of Examiners requires the following documents to assess your academic and experience qualifications. The documents must be officially translated into English :
1. Completed Application (with all required fees and dues)
2. Degree Certificate
3. Original Transcripts of Marks (direct from the Universities attended to Engineers Nova Scotia)
4. Course Descriptions (for the undergraduate and any post graduate engineering degrees, direct from the University to Engineers Nova Scotia)
5. Detailed Work History
7. Photo Identification
Applications will be submitted to the Board of Examiners when all required documents are received. The Board's decision on the requirements for registration will be mailed to you within one to three months.