Professional engineering admission program
On April 1, 2019, the new professional engineering admission program will come into force. It will better meet the needs of the engineering profession. Those who wish to obtain the engineer title will first have to become candidates to the engineering profession (CEPs).
TO WHOM IS THE PROFESSIONAL ADMISSION PROGRAM FOR?
- for holders of an engineering degree issued by a Québec university;
- for holders of an engineering degree issued by a Canadian university;
- for holders of an engineering degree issued by another country. These individuals must first complete the diploma or training equivalence process with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec to have their degree or training recognized as equivalent;
- for holders of a pure or applied science or technology degree. These individuals must first complete the training equivalence process with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec to have their training recognized as equivalent;
- for junior engineers or engineers-in-training who wish to change programs. When evaluating the files of individuals who choose to transfer to the new program, considerations will be given to whether they have demonstrated recent work experience that has been validated by the OIQ and whether they have passed the professional examination in the junior engineer program.
The professional admission program is NOT intended for the following candidates:
- members of another Canadian engineering association;
- holders of an engineering degree from France that is subject to the Mutual Recognition Agreement on Professional Qualifications (MRA);
- holders of a temporary permit (specific project).
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE PROFESSIONAL ADMISSION PROGRAM?
As soon as possible if you want to receive a 50% discount on your registration fee. You will receive this discount if you register within 6 months of obtaining your:
- engineering degree (based on your graduation date); or
- diploma equivalency; or
- training equivalency.
For Québec engineering students
- As soon as you have earned 60 credits in a university engineering program, you may register for the program to gain access to the theoretical component.
For Foreign-Trained Professionals
- Once the OIQ confirms that you have received a partial training equivalency, you may register for the program to gain access to the theoretical component.
Once you register for the program, you may use the title of candidate to the engineering profession (CEP).
PROFESSIONAL ADMISSION PROGRAM DETAILS
|Period of time granted to complete the program and acquire the engineer title
Use the online portal to:
- declare professional experiences that have allowed you to acquire equired competencies;
- evaluate yourself;
- be evaluated by your supervisor.
- 30 hours of online theoretical training before you may register for the professional examination.
The professional examination has 6 modules:
- the professional system, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, and the social role of engineers;
- ethics and professional conduct;
- professionalism and the values of the profession;
- applicable laws and regulations;
- professional practice standards;
- the development of the profession and the competencies of engineers.
- The passing score on the professional examination is 60%.
- After failing the professional examination twice, you will have to retake the 30 hours of theoretical training before you may retake the examination.
- 24 months of practical engineering experience must be accumulated to acquire the targeted competencies, including those that concern engineering practice in Canada
Maximum number of months credited:
- A maximum of eight (8) months for engineering internships and relevant engineering work experiences (completed in the second part of the undergraduate program, i.e. after 60 credits have been earned);
Recognition of equivalence possible:
- For specific programs linked to the field of engineering where some of the competencies may be acquired (example: master, doctorate, training programs).
- For engineering experience. If you have practiced as an engineer outside of Québec or acquired engineering experience before registering for the program, you can submit the experience to have it recognized as equivalent. (You will then need an engineer to certify that you have acquired the experience.)
CEPs are subject to the Code of Ethics of Engineers. However, they are not subject to the regulations respecting continuing education, liability insurance and professional inspection, or any other regulation that applies to OIQ members.
| CEP duties
- As a candidate to the engineering profession, you will be required to work under the immediate control and supervision (ICS) of an engineer whenever you perform reserved acts. Otherwise, one or more engineers other than your supervisor may provide the supervision.
- You may be supervised by a member of a professional order that oversees the engineering profession in another Canadian province or even by an engineer from another country where the engineer title is reserved.
- CEPs are subject to the Code of Ethics of Engineers.
- Supervisors must have an engineer’s permit that entitles them to practice engineering without restriction.
- They must have practiced the profession for 3 of the last 5 years.
- They supervise the work of CEPs or make sure that CEPs work under the immediate control and supervision (ICS) of another engineer whenever CEPs perform a reserved activity.
- They must not have been fined, have had their permit revoked, been struck off the roll or suspended, or had their right to practice restricted.