End of the junior engineer program
According to section 32 of the Regulation respecting other terms and conditions for the issuance of permits by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, sponsorship consists of a series of 6 meetings that must be held at least 3 months apart. Since this regulation will become null and void on April 1, 2022, it is no longer possible to start and finish the sponsorship program within the remaining period of time. In fact, December 31, 2020 was the cut-off date for registering for this program.
Sponsorship meetings can now take place by videoconference.
Although the Sponsorship Program is an optional activity, recent graduates are strongly urged
to participate. It is designed to help Junior Engineers integrate into the profession. The key elements of the Sponsorship Program are as follows:
- It enables candidates to confer with experienced Engineers on the rights and responsibilities
of Engineers and the core values of the profession.
- It consists of six meetings, lasting a minimum of 75 minutes each.
- The meetings must take place over a period of at least 15 months.
The program enables Junior Engineers to discuss various ethical issues related to the Engineering profession, while the expertise of an experienced Engineer helps Junior Engineers put their first work experiences into perspective. Furthermore, once the Sponsorship Program is completed, the Junior Engineer will obtain an experience credit of 8 months and a continuing education credit of 7.5 hours. The Engineer who is sponsoring the Junior Engineer will also obtain a continuing education credit of 7.5 hours. The OIQ records these hours in the junior engineers’ continuing education files and the sponsors’ continuing education files. As of April 1, 2021, these hours will be recorded in the “Individual Training” activity category. This activity category is limited to 10 hours per reference period.
To learn more about the Sponsorship Program, please consult the following sections: