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									Mechanical Engineer
Licensing Process

                                           3   Assessment
                                           3   Academic Credentials
                                           3   Work Experience
                                           3   Character and Reputation
                                           3   English Language Skills (TOEFL test additional
                                               cost $200- $250)
APEGGA Application                         3 National Professional Practice
(application processing fee $430)
                                             Examination (NPPE) (additional cost $140)

APEGGA Decision

                Conditional              Additional                    Applicant
                Approval                 Training                      Not Accepted
                Conditions:              Required
                1. Fundamentals of
                   Engineering exam      Academic, language,
                   $165                  and/or bridging
                2. Canadian work         training (cost &
                   experience:           duration vary)
                   Provisional license

                                                                        •	 Engineering
                                                                        •	 Draftsperson
Registration                                                            •	 AutoCAD designer
(annual membership $435)
Mechanical Engineer
Licensing Process

Mechanical Engineers study, build, and manage a wide variety of mechanical systems. They review
and approve design plans, calculations, and cost estimates, and supervise engineering technicians,
technologists, and other engineers. Mechanical Engineers may also study and improve the design,
operation and performance of mechanical parts and systems. Preparing reports and design details is
another important task that Mechanical Engineers complete in their job duties. They must comply
with standards and may be responsible for the development of standards.

Obtaining Licensure in Alberta:
Mechanical Engineers must be licensed by the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists,
and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) to practice in Alberta.
Internationally educated Mechanical Engineers can and should begin the Application Process before
they arrive in Alberta. They should apply to APEGGA as a Foreign Licensee using the APEGGA
Application for Registration.
Links to the Application Forms and other resources are at the end of this document.

Complete the APEGGA Application for Registration, and provide detailed and accurate answers
to all questions. When your application is fully complete with all documents, sign it and send it to
APEGGA at the following address:
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Ave. NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4A2

Internationally educated Engineers must meet and confirm the following licensing requirements:
1. Academic Credentials
    An undergraduate degree in Engineering is required.
              Complete the Request for Academic Documents and send it to the school where you
               completed your Engineering degree(s).
              Degrees and transcripts should be provided to APEGGA directly by universities
               and/or colleges.
              If documents are written in another language, APEGGA will provide translation
               services – free of charge.
2. Work Experience
    Four (4) years of experience working professionally as an Engineer, including one (1) year
    experience working as an Engineer in Canada.
              Enter your work experience information in the Work Experience Record document.
              APEGGA will contact supervisors and references for verification of experience,
               character and English language competency.
              It is important to inform current and past employers that they will be contacted by
               APEGGA to verify work experience duties and length of employment details.

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              If applicants meet all APEGGA registration requirements except for Canadian work
               experience, they are eligible for a Provisional License to complete the Canadian
               work experience requirements.

3. Good Character and Reputation
    Will be confirmed by employment references.

4. Payment
    Provide payment with your Application for Registration. Payment summary is at the end of this
            You can send a money order, certified cheque, or enter a credit card number in the

5. English Language
   Applicants must be able to communicate in English to become registered as a Foreign Licensee,
   and must have one (1) of the following requirements:
              A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 or more on the
               paper-based test, 250 or more on the computer-based test, or 100 or more on the
               internet-based (iTOEF) test, together with Canadian Professional Engineer reference
               verifying your English Language competency. Provide a copy of your TOEFL score
               sheet with your Application for Registration as a Foreign Licensee.
              A handwritten letter describing why and how you are competent in the English
               language. APEGGA will evaluate the handwritten letter, together with Canadian
               Professional Engineer reference verifying your English Language competency.

6. Examination
    All applicants must write and pass the National Professional Practice Examination. Technical
    Exams may also be required.
    a) National Professional Practice Examination (NPPE)
           The NPPE tests applicants on professionalism, law and ethics.
              The test is two (2) hours long, and includes 100 multiple-choice questions.
              The minimum passing mark is 65 per cent.
              Applicants must have an active application for APEGGA and have at least two (2)
               years of engineering work experience, to be eligible to apply to write the NPPE.
              Applicants may apply to write the NPPE before they receive their APEGGA
               application assessment.
              It is sometimes possible for applicants to write the NPPE outside of Canada, but this
               must be requested in the application to write the exam.
    b) Confirmatory Exam
              Upon first review of the Application for Registration, APEGGA may require applicants
               to write Fundamentals of Engineering Exam to confirm their level of education.
Provisional License:
Provisional License is available to internationally educated graduates who meet all requirements for
registration except for Canadian work experience.

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          This license enables Foreign Licensees to gain one (1) year of acceptable professional
           work experience.
          A Provisional Licensee may practice engineering only under the supervision of a
           professional engineer or a registered professional technologist who has appropriate
           training and experience in the same area of practice.

 APEGGA may advise applicants to take additional training, such as academic, technical or
  English language courses.
 It is recommended that applicants use registered mail or a courier service to submit the
  Application for Registration to APEGGA.
 APEGGA does not accept reference questionnaires from generic email addresses such as Yahoo
  and Hotmail, as these email addresses do not provide authenticity of email messages. Email
  addresses must identify the employer or company.

The following APEGGA fees are in place for International Applicants. All fees are quoted in
Canadian dollars,.

  Foreign Licensee Application Processing Fee                                         $430
  (must be submitted with your application)
  National Professional Practice Examination                                          $140
  Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (if required)                                      $165
  Annual Dues (Professional Members)                                                  $290
  Annual Dues (Foreign Licensees)                                                     $435

Average Earnings:
The overall average earnings for Mechanical Engineers in Alberta, according to the Alberta 2009
Wage and Salary survey:

 Average hours worked per week                         38.9

 Average wage per hour                                 $25.96 - $63.33

 Average salary per year                               $95,407.00

Employment Options
Applicants can also consider working in Alberta in related occupations such as a Mechanical
Engineering Technologist or Technician.

For more information about additional employment options, go to the following website:
Alberta Learning Information System (ALIS) Occupational Profiles – Mechanical Engineers

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Contact Information:
Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA)
Head Office
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4A2
Telephone: (780) 426-3990
Toll-free telephone (within North America): 1-800-661-7020
Fax: (780) 426-1877

For the most current information on mechanical engineers licensing visit APEGGA website at

Application Process and Forms:
Application Checklist:
Academic Requirements:
Academic Documents Request Form:
Work Experience Requirements:
Work Experience Records Instructions and Forms:
English Language Competency:
National Professional Practice Examination Application Form:
Technical Examination:
Examinations Dates:
Registration - Fee Schedule:
Provisional License:
Registration Requirements:
Registration Process Overview:

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