This page is intended for those who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering (or related field) from a Canadian institution (outside of Quebec) that is recognized by the Engineers Canada Accreditation Board (ECAB).
If you are already a member of a Canadian engineering association, please visit the I am a member of a Canadian association page.
If you obtained your engineering degree in Quebec or another country, please return to the menu and consult the pages reserved for your specific situation.
Before taking steps to obtain your engineering permit, take the time to familiarize yourself with the requirements in Quebec, particularly the language requirements. If you have a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a Canadian institution (outside of Quebec) and your program is accredited by the Engineers Canada Accreditation Board (ECAB), you can apply to become an engineer.
Once you have verified that you meet the requirements, gather all the necessary documents (see list below) and send your application to the OIQ.
Once your application is complete, it will take approximately 8 to 12 weeks for it to be submitted to the Admissions Committee.
The Admission to Practice Committee reviews all files of individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of Quebec and renders a decision. This decision indicates whether you have partial or total equivalence. Depending on the case, you may be required to complete some training or educational activities (admission exams or training, depending on the gaps that were identified) to obtain your full equivalence. In all cases, refer to the decision rendered in your file, as it contains all the necessary information.
Once your application has been accepted, you can enroll in the Professional admission program. You then become a Candidate to the Engineering Profession (CEP) and are registered with the OIQ. You have five years to complete the three components of the Program, the practical, theoretical and language components.
Once you have completed the admission program, the OIQ will issue your permit. You now have the status of a member and can practice engineering in Quebec. Remember, however, that your title comes with obligations. Be sure to check out our page setting out these obligations.
Do you want to work as an engineer in Quebec on a specific project only? In this case, you should apply for a temporary permit.
You must apply directly to the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec.
If you have an undergraduate degree in pure or applied science or technology, you can apply for a training equivalence. See below.
You want to work as an engineer in Quebec but you don’t have an engineering degree? If you have an undergraduate degree in pure or applied science or technology at least equivalent to a Quebec bachelor’s degree, you can apply to the OIQ for a training equivalence.
Those with a degree in an engineering-related field go through the same steps to become an engineer as those who have an engineering degree, except they will need to provide more documentation upon admission. Here are the documents you will need to submit:
No matter where you are in the process of becoming a member of the OIQ, our team can help you. So don’t hesitate to contact us.