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.
To join this program, you must first apply for admission to the OIQ.
Consult the page Becoming an engineer in Quebec to apply for admission.
When the application is processed by the OIQ, you will receive a communication with all the information you need to register to the program. The only persons exempt from the Professional Admission Program are:
However, they still have other obligations to fulfill and must apply to the OIQ for admission.
For a summary of costs, see our Fee Schedule under the heading “Candidate to the engineering profession.”
A 50% discount applies if you register for the Professional Admission Program within 6 months of obtaining your engineering degree or equivalency.
You can now use this official title, recognized by the OIQ. You will thus become “Dominique Larochelle, candidate for the engineering profession (CEP)
or “Dominique Larochelle, CEP.”
You must acquire practical and theoretical skills throughout the program and pass the OIQ’s professional exam. You will also have to respect the Code of ethics of engineers.
You have a maximum of 5 years to complete the Professional Admission Program successfully, but you may complete it sooner. The minimum time frame is 24 months.
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%.
You must complete a minimum of 24 months of practical work 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.
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.
If your first engineering degree was obtained in France, your path to obtaining a permit could be different.
The ARM is an agreement between the OIQ and the Commission des titres d’ingénieurs (CTI) in France.
A temporary restrictive permit (TRP) is issued under the Arrangement sur la reconnaissance mutuelle des qualifications professionnelles (ARM) to those who wish to obtain a permit, have obtained their first engineering degree in France at an educational institution recognized by the arrangement.
The specific conditions that apply to you are described in the Regulation. Below are the main points to consider when obtaining your engineering permit in Quebec. Note that a temporary restrictive engineering permit holder may use the title “Eng. PRT.” However, you are not allowed to use the title “Engineer” or its abbreviation “Eng.” and you may only practice under the immediate direction and supervision of a registered engineer while you hold your temporary restrictive permit.