you are going to be practicing engineering, geology or geophysics
in Alberta, you will need a licence to do so. It is illegal
to practice these professions if you are not registered with
The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and
Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA).
the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions (EGGP)
Act, an Alberta government statute, APEGGA ensures only properly
qualified engineers, geologists and geophysicists are allowed
to practice, and that they do so according to professional
standards and a Code of
Ethics. By licensing companies providing these services
in Alberta, APEGGA also ensures similar high standards of
corporate practice. The Association has the power and an obligation
to withdraw the right to practice from members found guilty
of unskilled practice or unethical conduct.
do I apply for my licence?
apply for a licence to practice in Alberta, contact the nearest
APEGGA office to ask for an application package. Generally
speaking, applicants are expected to demonstrate the following:
Canadian citizenship or Landed Immigrant status is required
when requesting registration as a Professional Member. If
you do not hold either status, apply for registration as
a Foreign Licensee.
education: An undergraduate degree from a recognized
accredited engineering, geology or geophysics program is
required. You must provide either a Certificate of Graduation
or official transcripts.
To request registration as a Professional Member or Foreign
Licensee, you will have completed four years on-the-job
work experience under the supervision of a licensed professional.
To apply for Member-In-Training status, a brief summary
of your work experience to date will confirm that you have
applied for the right category of membership.
You must be of good character and reputation. Good character
connotes moral and ethical strength and includes integrity,
candor, honesty and trustworthiness. Character is what a
person is, while reputation is what others believe that
person to be. All APEGGA members are held accountable to
the Code of Ethics
that governs the way an individual practices their profession.
of Law and Ethics: You must demonstrate knowledge of
professional law and ethics. This may be accomplished by
passing the Professional Practice Examination.
Language Competency: You must be fluent in the English
language. If your native language is not English you must
demonstrate fluency in writing or provide TOEFL examination
results that indicate competency.
are a few exceptions, however:
you are a former member of APEGGA whose membership has lapsed
less than seven years ago, the office will require a letter
asking for reinstatement indicating the dates of your previous
registration and the full details of your work experience
since your membership lapsed.
you are a professional engineer licensed elsewhere in Canada
or the United States, a registration package has been designed
to reflect the need for increased mobility expressed in
the Interprovincial Mobility Agreement and the North American
Free Trade Agreement. Simply request this package when making
you are a student at the University of Calgary or University
of Alberta and have obtained your bachelor's degree and
are attending the Graduating Student Luncheon, you will
be provided with an application package that emphasizes
the four-year experience and professional practice examination
you are applying for registration as a Registered Professional
Technologist (engineering) in a defined scope of practice,
you should use the Registered Professional Technologist
(Engineering) registration package.
you have received a registration package, complete the application
form and provide the required documentation to support your
application, then return the package with the applicable registration
fees to APEGGA for processing. If you have any questions while
completing your application, please contact the office to
speak with one of our staff.
received in the APEGGA office, your application is acknowledged
in writing and the fees are receipted. From there, your application
for registration is reviewed to ensure you meet the necessary
academic, experience, citizenship, knowledge, character and
your application meets the necessary registration requirements,
it is forwarded to APEGGA's Board of Examiners for registration
approval. If you are deficient in an area, your file will
be assessed by academic or experience examiners, character
committee, or experience committee. You may be requested to
complete additional courses, write a professional practice
examination, or a combination thereof, in order to meet the
necessary registration requirements.
benefits of membership
in APEGGA denotes that you have acquired the academic knowledge,
work experience and depth of moral character necessary to
be granted professional status. It is a privilege not to be
taken lightly. Your professional designation is an exclusive
title that allows you to practice engineering, geology or
geophysics in Alberta.
strength is in its membership. In adhering to this philosophy,
services are designed to enhance professional and personal
development. Meetings, workshops, achievement awards, and
other programs are provided for this purpose. The Association
newspaper, The PEGG, and other publications, inform
members on matters concerning the professions. Members may
also participate in sponsored group auto and homeowner insurance,
life and liability insurance, registered retirement savings
plans, extended health care, travel medical insurance, small
business insurance and auto purchase/lease plans. A resume
referral service and annual salary survey are also available