Quantity of Experience

With a professional degree

If you have a degree in engineering, geology or geophysics, the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act (EGGP) of Alberta requires that you must have at least four years of experience acceptable to the Board of Examiners in order to meet the experience requirements necessary for professional licensure. In general, you must obtain this experience after completing the academic requirements. However, APEGGA may award up to twelve months of credit for qualifying pre-degree summer, co-op or intern work experience gained after academic term five. In addition, at least one year of the required four years of experience must be equivalent North American experience.

If you do not fully meet the academic requirements and have been assessed confirmatory examinations, the Board may consider a reduction in examinations on the basis of extensive, high-quality experience and evidence of outstanding technical ability. The Board may consider reducing the number of exams if you have a minimum of ten years acceptable experience, although more than ten years may be required depending on the quality of the experience.

Without a professional degree

If you do not have a degree in engineering, geology or geophysics, the EGGP Act requires that you must have at least eight years of experience acceptable to the Board of Examiners, at least one year of which must be obtained after completion of the examinations assessed by the Board.

If you have been assessed examinations on a course-by-course basis, at least six years of acceptable experience is necessary before any reduction of examinations might be considered on the basis of extensive, high-quality experience and evidence of outstanding technical ability.


1999 The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) 2nd printing 2001.
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