Frequently Asked Questions

You must either hold an accredited Engineering or Geoscience degree (typically 4 year bachelor's degree) or complete a Confirmatory Program and be deemed academically qualified. You must be at least 18 years of age, and you must be legally entitled to work in Canada. See First-Time Applicant Types.
As an Intern, you are expected to obtain employment under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional geoscientist who is registered with the Association. Your supervisor must assume responsibility for your work, and you document achievement of required competencies obtained through work experiences in the Competency-Based Assessment system.
The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act requires that all engineering and geoscience work be performed by, or "under the immediate and direct personal supervision and guidance of", a professional engineer or professional geoscientist "who assumes all responsibility for the work." There must, therefore, be a professional engineer or a professional geoscientist supervising your work.

If there is no professional engineer or a professional geoscientist at your place of employment, and if your work involves the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience, you must have regular contact with a professional engineer or professional geoscientist who assumes all responsibility for your engineering or geoscience work (a mentor). Ideally, your employer will engage the professional engineer or professional geoscientist to serve as a consulting supervisor to you while you obtain the necessary experience.

You must identify your supervisor(s) in your Competency-Based Assessment report.
The pre-registration program was the mandatory pre-requisite to registration as a professional member of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. As of September 15, 2022, all new interns follow the Competency-Based Assessment. Interns previously enrolled in the pre-registration program had the option to continue with pre-registration or switch to Competency-Based Assessment. See Pre-Registration for details.
While the work experience procedures may vary slightly from province to province, the work experience you obtain in Manitoba should be eligible for consideration by another association. As well, your successful completion of the Professional Practice Exam (PPE), which is a national examination, will exempt you from having to write a similar exam in any other province.

Contact the association in your new province as quickly as possible to establish its requirements.

Many prefer to complete the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba program once it is started, even if you move to another province.
The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) is a national exam on Law and Ethics that must be completed before being licensed to practice professional engineering or geoscience in Canada, administered by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
You must pass the PPE to become eligible to register as a professional member of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. You may write the PPE at any time it is offered once you are enrolled as an Intern.
Specific offering dates can be found on the registration form in your online profile, or listed in the Events Calendar. Also, www.nppexam.ca.
The Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification (IEEQ) program is an education program and one of three options in the Confirmatory Program. It helps internationally educated engineers meet part of the requirements to become registered as professional engineers with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

IEEQ is administered by the University of Manitoba and consists of matching exams assigned to courses available at the university. The IEEQ program offers a comprehensive syllabus that includes matched courses, a Law and Ethics course, a Canadian Culture in the Workplace course, and a co-op work term placement. For details on the IEEQ and how to apply, visit umanitoba.ca

The implementation of the specified scope of practice licence in Manitoba requires Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to honour the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and recognize individuals who've already been granted a limited licence in another Canadian province.

The specified scope of practice licence provides a pathway to limited licensure for individuals with a non-traditional academic background. This category of licence recognizes the combination of education with extensive experience as potential qualification to qualify for practice in a specific scope of engineering or geoscience.

Successful applicants will ascribe to, and be held to, the same standard of skills, professionalism, and ethics as professional members.

A specified scope of practice licence is a new category of licence which allows non-engineers and non-geoscientists to practice in a specific scope of engineering or geoscience discipline. Typically applicants will be diploma holders who have years of experience which falls within a specific scope of engineering or geoscience.

The practitioner will be granted the privilege of using the title Engineering or Geoscience Licensee (Eng.L or Geo.L) and they will be issued a seal that is distinct to their licence.

To be eligible for the Specified Scope of Practice Licence you must meet one of the following conditions:

  • You currently hold a Specified Scope of Practice Licence (limited licence) with another Canadian provincial association, OR
  • You have obtained one of the following:
    • a university degree or engineering technology diploma in science and technology and obtained acceptable work experience approved by the Association; or,
    • have a degree or diploma in science or equivalent in math, physics, basic sciences, with a minimum of four years' experience.
  1. Persons who believe that they have these qualifications apply to the Association and complete the Application for Admission which includes: Degree(s), detailed resume, and Discipline of Practice Form.
  2. Those who appear to meet the criteria will be given a login profile and will be asked to pay a non-refundable application fee ($500.00 as of January 9, 2017). Once paid, they will be able to write the Act, Bylaws and Code of Ethics (ABC) test and submit the rest of the required information online.
  3. If accepted, you will be directed to complete the Competency-Based Assessment process.
  4. If accepted, the applicant will be eligible to write the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) at the earliest opportunity. Exam signup will be through your login profile.
  5. Once passed, the file will be forwarded to the Registration Committee for the next available meeting.
  6. The Registration Committee will review and approve the applicant as a licensee provided they are satisfied.

No. The person must choose which path they are planning to follow. If they have an engineering or geoscience degree they should apply for the P.Eng. or P.Geo. to become a full member NOT a specified scope of practice licensee. If they are rejected, they could potentially pursue limited licence instead.

No. However, if a person later obtains an engineering or geoscience degree, an upgrade path may be considered. Please review the required qualifications for first-time engineering applicants.

Yes. We will process their application in the same way we process an engineering mobility application. The person will normally be allowed the same scope in Manitoba as in the other province.

Each applicant must submit a Discipline of Practice form with their application for review. Sample scopes from other provinces may be helpful for applicants to consider in order to streamline the application process.

No. Not according to our legislation.

At the time of this writing, there will be an initial non-refundable admission fee of $500.00. Once fully approved, the dues will be the same as the dues for professional members.

Yes, if the experience has been gained within a Canadian environment it must be supervised (or mentored) by a P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered in the Canadian province, where the work was done, who had detailed knowledge of your work within the specified scope, at that time.

Because of the likelihood that those claiming for foreign experience would NOT have been supervised or mentored by a Canadian P.Eng. or P.Geo. , applicants who are claiming for any experience gained outside of Canada will NOT require that it be supervised (or mentored) by a P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered in a Canadian province. They will, however, require the comments and feedback of a supervisor (or mentor) who is recognized as an Engineer or Geoscientist within that country, who had detailed knowledge of their work within the specified scope at the time.

Yes. Once you have attained your Eng.L or Geo.L you will be subject to the Continuing Competency Requirements in the exact same way as the P.Eng's and the P.Geo's.

This process is new to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and the time to process will depend on the quality, content, completeness and volume of applications we receive.

Yes, as long as it is corroborated by an engineering (or geoscience) supervisor who is recognized as such in that country AND there is at least one year of experience shown that is directly supervised by a P.Eng. (or P.Geo) [within Canada]. Out-of-country experience is claimed in the Competency-Based Assessment report in the same way as in-country experience. Experience documented MUST be within the scope in which you wish to practice.

We will use the same list used by the Certified Technicians and Technologists of Manitoba (CTTAM) http://www.cctt.ca/accreditation/accredited-programs Degrees/diplomas accredited by the Sydney Accord are normally considered accredited. Other degrees and diplomas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The purpose of the Competency-Based Assessment is to demonstrate that you are able to put your education into practice. If you are working in an area that differs from your discipline of graduation, you may well require additional training or education.

You are eligible to write the NPPE at any time while you are an SSPL applicant. You register for this exam at your own profile.

Usually, it's best to remain with the province in which you have started the process, complete the process in that province, and then go through via the mobility agreement. This may vary depending on your case, so please contact the Association if you are considering moving before completion.

Please contact the Admissions Department.

Requests for an expanded scope must be accompanied by evidence of sufficient competency and skill in the application of engineering principles for the expanded scope. Obtaining this additional expertise and education takes time and effort and the applicant must submit evidence of new work rather than work already reviewed. Once an applicant has accepted a scope, requests for expansion will not be reviewed prior to the twelve month anniversary of the most recent scope approved.