I Have an International Degree

What do we mean by “international degree”?

If you graduated from an educational institution outside of Canada, you are on the right page to learn about the next steps that will lead to you obtaining your engineering permit in the beautiful province of Quebec.

If you obtained your engineering degree from a Canadian educational institution, you must follow different steps. Consult the section reserved for you to learn about the steps to take in your specific situation.

How to obtain your engineering permit in Quebec with an international diploma

How to submit an application

Before submitting your application, be sure to correctly identify your profile. This will greatly depend on where you obtained your initial engineering degree.

Consider these essential criteria:

  • Where did you obtain your first degree: in Quebec, in another Canadian province or abroad?
  • Are you already licensed to practice in another Canadian province?
  • Are you planning to practice temporarily, on a specific project?
  • Have you studied in a country with which the OIQ has an agreement, such as France?

Make sure your file is complete, as the absence of certain documents could prolong the processing time.

Documents in languages other than French or English require an official translation.

Please submit your application electronically. Send your documents by email in PDF format and pay the admission fees.

If you have any questions, contact us: [email protected]

Diagram of the steps

Here is an illustrated diagram of the typical path to obtaining an engineer’s permit in Quebec if you have studied abroad.

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Special cases

For non-engineering degrees

You want to practice engineering in Quebec but do not have an engineering degree.

If you have an undergraduate degree in pure or applied science or technology that is at least equivalent to a Québec bachelor’s degree, you can apply to the OIQ for equivalence of training.

The steps to follow are the same as for people with an engineering degree, with one exception: you have a different application submission process. Here are the documents you will need to submit:

  • A completed and signed application form (in French).
  • A copy of your birth certificate.
  • The WES-ICAP report for studies carried out outside abroad (outside of Canada).
  • A description of each course taken to obtain each diploma. Please note that for this document, an official translation is not required.
  • The completed Table of corresponding course descriptions and transcripts (to complete this form, you must first have obtained your course description and transcript).
  • An electronic copy of your diplomas. If this is not possible, an attestation, certified by the educational institution that issued the diploma, must be sent to us directly by the institution.
  • If applicable, a summary of your thesis, final year project, or internship for all your degrees.
  • An up-to-date CV to help us understand your professional achievements.
  • A document demonstrating that your level of French is sufficient to practice the profession (if you studied at university in a language other than French).
  • Payment of your application fees. See the fee schedule for the amount.

Please submit your documents by e-mail: [email protected]

Request for a review of your file

Do you disagree with a decision of the OIQ regarding your application for admission? The candidate to the engineering profession (CEP) may ask the Board of Directors directly to review the conclusion of the Admission Board. If you still feel that the decision is unjustified, you may file a complaint with the Commissioner for Admission to Professions. Follow the steps below to request a review or make a complaint.

Don’t forget our informative meetings!

The OIQ regularly organizes free webinars to help you navigate the application process. Consult the Activities section to find out about upcoming dates.

Any questions ?

No matter where you are in the process of becoming a member of the OIQ, our team can help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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