Since April 1, 2019, anyone who wishes to obtain the engineer title (Eng.) must first become a candidate to the engineering profession (CEP). This professional admission program replaces the junior engineer program and prepares future engineers to practice with rigour and competence.
WHO IS THE CEP PROGRAM FOR?
The program is NOT intended for candidates who are:
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE CEP PROGRAM?
For all graduates
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:
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 (online training + professional examination).
For internationally trained professionals
Once the OIQ confirms that your training is partially equivalent, you may register for the program to gain access to the theoretical component (online training + professional examination).
CEP PROGRAM DETAILS
CEP, AN OFFICIAL TITLE
Once you register for the program, you may use the title of candidate to the engineering profession (CEP). It is an official title, recognized by the OIQ. As shown in the examples below, it may be preceded by a comma and follow the candidate’s first and last name:
CEP SUPERVISION AND COACHING
|Maximum period of time granted to complete the program and acquire the engineer title
||5 years from the CEP program registration date.
|Theoretical component ||Between 25 and 30 hours of online theoretical training to prepare you for the professional examination (online training coming soon).
Professional examination details
|Practical component ||6 competencies (broken down into 28 sub-competencies) to acquire within a minimum of 24 months of practical engineering experience (certain competencies concern engineering practice in Canada). |
|Language component ||To practice engineering in Québec, you must have appropriate knowledge of the French language.
Language requirement details|
CEPs are subject to the Code of Ethics of Engineers. However, CEPs are not affected by the regulations respecting continuing education, liability insurance and professional inspection, or any other regulation that applies to OIQ members.
OVERVIEW OF THE STEPS TO BECOME AN ENGINEER
For more details about the supervisor’s role and CEP evaluation, click here.
ONLINE CEP PORTAL
Once they register for the professional admission program, CEPs will be granted access to the online CEP portal, which they can use to: