Academic Qualifications

To be licensed as a professional engineer or professional geoscientist, applicants must meet the required academic qualifications for licensure.

Academic Qualifications

Academic Qualifications - Geoscience

PEGNL has adopted the Geoscientists Canada document Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements for Professional Registration in Canada (GKR) as the minimum academic standard guideline for registration as a Professional Geoscientist in Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently there is no accreditation system for geoscience programs in Canada.


The GKR specifies the education required in Compulsory Foundation Science, Additional Foundation Science, Compulsory Foundation Geoscience, Additional Foundation Geoscience, and other Geoscience/Sciences. Geoscientists Canada has created a self-assessment tool that can be used by applicants to compare their academics to the GKR.


Academic Qualifications - Engineering

The minimum academic qualifications requirement for professional registration may be met through any of three routes: by graduation from a recognized accredited engineering program; by graduation from programs recognized under Engineers Canada Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA's) or by the successful completion of an assigned examination program.

Recognized Accredited Engineering Programs

A graduate of an engineering program that has been accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) or that is recognized under the Washington Accord agreement is considered to have met the minimum academic qualification requirement. More information is available on Engineers Canada’s website.

Engineers Canada Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA)

A graduate of a non-Canadian engineering program that is covered by an Engineers Canada Mutual Recognition Agreement is considered to have met the academic qualification requirement, subject to the specific details of that agreement.

More information on Engineers Canada Mutual Recognition Agreements is available on their website.

Academic Qualification by Examination

For an applicant who has not completed a recognized accredited engineering program, PEGNL, based on an assessment of the applicant's academic credentials, may assign to the applicant either confirmatory examinations or an examination program.

More information on examinations is available here.

Engineers Canada has developed an “Engineer Here” website that provides information on how to become a licensed engineer in Canada, including information on academic requirements.

Member-in-Training Applicants

Members-in-Training (Engineer-in-Training or Geoscientist-in-Training) meet the academic requirements for registration but have not yet fulfilled other requirements for registration.

Professional Licensure Applicants

Professional licensure is granted to any applicant who meets the requirements for registration. There are two categories of professional licensure: (P. Eng.) and (P. Geo.).

Professional Licensure Transfer Applicants

Professional engineers or geoscientists who are licensed and in good standing in another province or territory in Canada can transfer their registration to PEGNL.

Limited Licensure Applicants

A limited licensee is a member of PEGNL who has the right to independently practice engineering or geoscience within a defined individualized scope of practice.

Permit to Practice Applicants

Section 8(2) of the Act, 2008 requires that any entity that provides the services of a professional member to the public must have a Permit to Practice.