Why is the compass gone? Will something replace it?
Considering that a new Regulation respecting the standards for equivalence of diplomas and training for the issue of a permit by the Order has come into force, please note that the Compass, the application that gave users a better idea of the steps they needed to take in order to obtain an engineer's permit, is no longer available. The new equivalence regulation has been in effect since May 31, 2018 and fully replaces the previous version. We will keep you informed of any changes resulting from the new regulation as soon as the information is available.
If I have already submitted an application, but a decision has not yet been issued, can I have it evaluated based on the new regulation instead?
You can request to have it evaluated according to the criteria in the new regulation. To do so, you must contact your file manager, who will explain to you the steps you need to take and the related cost.
If I have already submitted an application and a decision has been issued on it, can I have it evaluated based on the new regulation instead?
You may request a review of your file. To do so, you must fill out the review request form, provide the appropriate documents and make the requested payment.
If I submitted an application several years ago and my file has since been closed, what happens if I want to reopen my file?
Requests to reopen files will be examined according to the regulation in force when the file is reopened.
Do I have to have my documents translated?
Documents submitted in support of your equivalence recognition application that are not written in English or French must be accompanied by a translation in one of these languages. The translation must be a certified translation of the original by a translator who is a member of the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec or recognized by the competent authority of the province or country in which he or she resides, if the translator is not located in Québec.
Is the new regulation more advantageous for me?
It is impossible to know in every case whether the new regulation will be more advantageous for you. Nevertheless, applications will be examined using a more personalized approach that takes into account your diplomas, training and all of your professional experience. This approach will better reveal the gaps and competencies for the purposes of training equivalence.
In Québec, how many engineers have been trained abroad?
• 24.6% of all applications;
• 18.9% of newly registered junior engineers on the OIQ’s roll (which is 637 people);
• 17.06% of engineers who have obtained their title.
Is the number of admission applications and roll registrations from ITPs rising or falling?
• 14.6% in 2010-2011 (270/1,840)
• 15.9% in 2011-2012 (318/2,181)
• 15.7% in 2012-2013 (320/2,036)
• 16.3% in 2013-2014 (363/2,216)
• o 15.7% in 2014-2015 (356/2,258)
• 18.4% in 2015-2016 (332/1,804)
• 14.7% in 2016-2017 (286/1,943)
• 17.06% in 2017-2018 (374/2,192)
What are the source countries of the internationally trained engineers who practice engineering in Québec?
• France: 22.0%;
In which fields of engineering do internationally trained engineers practice?
• Iran: 6.5%;
• Algeria: 4.7%;
• Tunisia: 4.0%;
• Columbia: 3.3%.
• civil engineering (25%);What steps do ITPs have to take to obtain their permit to practice engineering in Québec?
• mechanical engineering (19.6%);
• electrical engineering (17.9%).
1. Candidates covered by a mutual recognition agreement for diplomas
Mutual recognition agreements for diplomas* have been signed with 19 countries, including France and several Commonwealth and Asian countries (Japan, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Turkey), which have accrediting bodies. These mutual recognition agreements provide the OIQ with a guarantee of the quality of training received by ITPs. This means that ITPs who have mutually recognized diplomas can be considered on the same basis as individuals who have diplomas from Québec and are therefore exempt from the confirmatory examinations. After the OIQ’s Admission Department analyzes their permit applications, the OIQ’s Admission Committee (AC) recognizes their diplomas as equivalent, which entitles them to register as candidates to the engineering profession (CEPs).
* These agreements are possible because independent bodies responsible for evaluating engineering programs exist in both Canada and the source countries. Engineers Canada is responsible for periodically evaluating the engineering programs offered in Canada. An agreement can be reached when the certification standards and procedures of the foreign body are compared and considered similar to ours.
2. Candidates not covered by a mutual recognition agreement for diplomas
Regardless of the track taken (covered or not covered by an agreement), all ITPs, just like all individuals who have received their diploma in Québec, are subject to the following three conditions:
The admission process is more elaborate for candidates who are not covered by a mutual recognition agreement, as the Admission Committee (AC) has to examine and issue a recommendation on their files. The EC, which is composed of 13 members whose specialties reflect the wide range of engineering fields, examines each candidate’s training (8 of these members are appointed by schools of engineering). After its review, the committee makes one of the following decisions: recognize their diploma or training as equivalent, which entitles them to register as candidates to the engineering profession (CEPs), or recognize their training as partially equivalent, in which case it recommends training activities to them.
How much time can these steps take and how much do they cost?
1. The required cost and time vary depending on the candidate’s profile.
2. Candidates trained in a country covered by a diploma recognition agreement can expect to wait 6 to 8 weeks once their file is complete.
3. The process for obtaining the junior engineer’s permit is longer and more expensive for candidates who have to pass the confirmatory examinations. Refer to the fee schedule to find out the applicable fees.
4. Varying admission fees apply to both categories of candidates. Refer to the fee schedule to find out the applicable fees.
5 A 50% discount on the cost of admission (including the permit application fee and the examination fee) is granted to individuals with refugee status.1
How does the OIQ assist ITPs in their efforts to obtain permits?
• Centre RIRE (15 participants in 2017-2018);Do you have data on the acceptance rate of ITP permit applications?
Once they are admitted to the OIQ, to what extent do ITPs find a job related to their training?
• IPOP (junior engineer salaries funded by Emploi-Québec for a few months).
• 58% of internationally trained engineers had a job in the profession in September 2016 (summary report submitted to the Québec Interprofessional Council by a working group responsible for examining ITP access to a first job in a profession, working version of September 1, 2016)
After a permit is issued, how does the OIQ help internationally trained engineers enter the job market in Québec?