Professional Admission Program

Becoming a CEP

In Quebec, to obtain the title of Engineer, one must first become a Candidate to the Engineering Profession (CEP). This program replaces the Junior Engineer Program and prepares future engineers to practice with rigour and competence.

Illustrated pathway

A visual exemple of the typical path to obtaining an engineer’s permit in Quebec.

The steps of the CEP program

The CEP program has three components

Theoretical component

The program includes 25 to 30 hours of online theory training, accessible through your CEP portal. The courses are designed to prepare you for the professional exam, which consists of about 100 multiple-choice questions. The passing score for the exam is 60%.


Practical component

You must complete a minimum of 24 months of practical work experience and confirm the acquisition of 6 target competencies through a self-assessment (in French). To be valid, this practical component period must be supervised by an engineer you have chosen and declared to the OIQ beforehand. Any experience acquired in Quebec and submitted for evaluation for more than 12 months (cumulative or consecutive) prior to your registration as a CEP will incur additional fees. See fee schedule (“Common fees” in the Admissions section).


Language component

To become an engineer in Québec, you must have sufficient knowledge of French to practice the profession. For instance, if you completed your undergraduate studies in French, you could meet the requirements. Otherwise, consult our page Practicing engineering in Quebec to learn about the language requirements and how to meet them.

Did you obtain your degree in France?

If your first engineering degree was obtained in France, the CEP program may not apply to you.

In fact, an important agreement was signed to facilitate mutual recognition of the title of engineer between Quebec and France. The ARM, or Arrangement sur la reconnaissance mutuelle des qualifications professionnelles, facilitates professional mobility and the integration of qualified workers into the job market in both territories.


The CEP portal to serve you

The OIQ will give you access to this personal and secure online space as soon as you register for the Professional Admission Program. You will find all the information and services you need.

Need help?

Contact our team for help with your application or to get more information on the Professional Admission Program.

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