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)
Conditional Additional Applicant
Approval Training Not Accepted
1. Fundamentals of
Engineering exam Academic, language,
$165 and/or bridging
2. Canadian work training (cost &
experience: duration vary)
Registration • AutoCAD designer
(annual membership $435)
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:
APEGGA HEAD Office
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Ave. NW
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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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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Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA)
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:
Academic Documents Request Form:
Work Experience Requirements:
Work Experience Records Instructions and Forms:
English Language Competency:
National Professional Practice Examination Application Form:
Registration - Fee Schedule:
Registration Process Overview:
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