Registration Process

This application package is for geoscientists registered/licensed elsewhere in Canada who wish to practice in Alberta.

APEGGA is a signatory to the Agreement on Mobility of Professional Geoscientists within Canada which is designed to facilitate the mobility of geoscientists within Canada. Mobility can be facilitated by improving and/or reducing the documentation required and the registration process. APEGGA has made changes in both areas. Registration fees have also been reduced for geoscientists registered elsewhere.

Authority for registration is vested in the APEGGA Board of Examiners whose membership consists of professional engineers, geologists and geophysicists and public members. It recognizes the decisions made by other jurisdictions but:

1) retains the authority to review and approve all applications in Alberta;

2) retains the authority to investigate any application in further depth where it appears the application has been approved under a different set of conditions than those that would have been in place in APEGGA at the time of the applicant's initial registration; and

3) where the applicant has been previously assigned one or more requirements by the Board, and, in the process of becoming registered by another Association, those requirements have not been satisfied by the other Association, the Board will normally require that they be satisfied before approving registration.

Board members serve as either academic examiners or experience examiners. The academic and experience examiners meet monthly with public members to consider applications. The experience examiners meet as a group every 2 months or more often as required to discuss complex cases. At least twice yearly this same group of academic and experience examiners, and public members reinforced with additional professionals, meets to discuss policy issues.


1) All applicants must submit:

  • the Application for Registration, including a resume (see Registration Criteria et al.)
  • registration fees (see Schedule). Do not submit annual dues. You will be invoiced for annual dues once your application is approved.
  • either the Application to Write the National Professional Practice Examination (NPPE) plus the National Professional Practice Examination Literature Order Form, or the Act, Regulations and By-laws Confirmation (see Registration Criteria et al. - Knowledge of Law and Ethics)

2) APEGGA acknowledges receipt of the above documentation in writing.

3) APEGGA obtains confirmation of registration, copies of your transcripts, and the basis of your registration from your home Association.

A copy of the Confirmation of Registration form is included in this package for information only.

4) The Board of Examiners reviews the application and makes its decision.

5) You are advised of the Board's decision in writing.

6) If applicable, two weeks after the NPPE deadline, you will be sent further information on the time, location and the admission slip for the examination.


APEGGA grants multiple registration in engineering, geology and geophysics. You may qualify in more than one by being academically and experientially qualified in each. A General Application for Registration is available from either the Edmonton or Calgary office or on our WebSite:


A partnership, corporation, firm or association of persons wishing to practice engineering, geology or geophysics in Alberta must obtain a corporate license issued by APEGGA. This corporate license is commonly referred to as a Permit to Practice. An application package for a Permit to Practice is available from either the Edmonton or Calgary office or on our WebSite: