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    End of the Junior Engineer Program 

    In April 2019, the junior engineer program was replaced with a new entry-to-practice program, the CEP program, which is more responsive to the needs of the engineering profession and provides greater protection of the public.

    For all the details, please read the frequently asked questions: FAQ – End of the junior engineer program (PDF)


    As of April 1, 2022, the Junior engineer program will end, and the Junior Engineer and Engineer-in-Training titles will no longer be recognized. This means that you won’t be able to re-enroll as a Junior Engineer or Engineer-in-Training.

    If you have already begun the process of becoming a full-fledged engineer, you will only be permitted to re-enroll once your application has been processed.

    If you are still a junior or an intern and think you may be running out of time, there are other options for you. From the Member Portal, you can:

    • Become a candidate to the engineering profession (CEP)
    • Choose to voluntarily withdraw from the OIQ's roll

    Please note that if no action is taken on your part by April 1, 2022, you will be struck from the roll. No grace period or exception will be granted.

    To become a full-fledged engineer

    Before April 1, 2020, you must complete the steps below, and send us all your documents by email: accesprofession@oiq.qc.ca

    1. Submit your 36 months of experience certifications (including 12 months in Canada), validated by 2 full-fledged engineers.
    Certification form to be completed.

    2. Successfully pass your professional exam.
    If you have not already registered, view the schedule of upcoming sessions.
    Please note that exam prep workshops are also offered this winter at a cost of $40.00.

    3. Meet the French language requirements: more details.
    To practice the engineering profession in Québec, engineers must demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the French language.

    Differences between the junior and CEP programs

    Junior engineer program CEP program
    • Junior engineer (Jr. Eng.)
    • Engineer-in-training (EIT)
    • Candidate to the engineering profession (CEP)
    Practical experience period

    36 months, including 12 months in Canada, with equivalence and credit options.

    24 months, in addition to attaining the required competencies, with equivalence and credit options



    (Until March 31, 2022)

    5 years to successfully complete the professional admission program


    Optional sponsorship

    Assistance provided as part of the supervisor’s role

    Experience certification

    Experience certified by 2 engineers

    Experience certified by 1 engineer (the supervisor)

    Professional examination

    Pass the professional examination

    Online training (about 30 hours) + pass the professional examination

    Files processed in time

    The end of the junior engineer program means a significant workload for our team because of the greater volume of incoming files. This is why we set December 1, 2021, as the deadline to send all documents to the OIQ to ensure that the files are processed before March 31, 2022.

    $150 rebate offered before December 1, 2021

    To encourage junior engineers and engineers-in-training to get moving before the program deadline, the OIQ offered a discount of up to $150 to all members who met the following conditions:

    • They completed the requirements of the junior program and sent in all their paperwork to obtain their full title engineering permit by December 1, 2021.
    • They applied to switch to the CEP program by December 1, 2021.

    The discount will be automatically applied at the 2022-2023 annual registration, if the member obtains their full engineering permit, or on the annual renewal to the CEP registry if the member applied for a program transfer on or before December 1, 2021. The amount of the discount shall not be greater than the amount of the invoice.

    If you have questions regarding the end of this program, contact our dedicated team by email: juniorat@oiq.qc.ca

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