Pathway to Licensure for IEEs in Nova Scotia


How can you get more engineering experience?

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There are several ways:

1. You can participate in the Engineering Work-based Competency Assessment Program at ISANS.

2. You can find entry-level engineering employment.

What salaries do engineers typically make in Nova Scotia?

Visit here to view a survey report on the Atlantic Canada Engineering Salary.

Visit here to find and compare the hourly wages of engineering disciplines in Nova Scotia. Click on the drop down box “Trend Analysis” and choose “Wages”. Put your occupation into the search box. This site also provides other labour market information.

  • Depending on your experience, the BOE may invite you to apply for registration as an EIT to complete the experience requirement and the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE).
  • To apply, you must submit the following documents:
    • A completed application form – go here for an application form (Read More 1)
    • Application fees and dues
    • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and a copy of the original transcript of marks
    • A current detailed resume
    • Detailed and verified experience records (if you have over 48 months of engineering experience)
    • A current valid government issued photo identification
  • You can send your application and documents to
  • After you are registered into the program, you must document your experience on the Engineering Experience Record.  Visit here to find the Engineering Experience Record form and the Experience Guidelines. (Read More 2)
  • As an Engineer-in-Training, you are responsible for getting a mentor that meets the Board’s criteria:
    • A P.Eng. with Engineers Nova Scotia
    • Has 7 years engineering experience in the same discipline or has direct knowledge of the job scope
    • Is not a relative of the EIT
    • Should not be a direct supervisor
  • Visit here to read the Engineer-in-Training Mentor Program Guide (Read More 3)

  • This is a bridging program at ISANS.
  • It connects IEEs with employers across Nova Scotia.
  • You are matched with an employer based on your education and qualifications.
  • The employer offers you a work placement in their organization for 12 weeks.
  • During this time, the employer assesses your engineering competences and provides feedback.
  • This program can benefit you in many ways:
    • You gain Canadian experience
    • You become familiar with Canadian workplace culture
    • You experience how your profession is practiced in Canada
    • You demonstrate your engineering competencies
    • You practice writing experience records
    • You identify any skill gaps
    • You gain references
  • The position is unpaid, but ISANS provides you with an honorarium.
  • The employer has no obligation to hire you, but it offers you the opportunity to show your qualifications to a Canadian employer.
  • To be eligible for this program, you must:
    • Be an IEE
    • Be a Permanent Resident or immigrant Canadian Citizen
    • Register with ISANS and meet with an employment specialist
    • Be committed to completing a 12-week on-the-job competency assessment
    • Have a language level at Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 6+
  • Work with an employment specialist at ISANS to apply for engineering positions in Nova Scotia.  Learn more about this under the heading Labour Market.


Register with ISANS and meet with an employment specialist before you arrive in Nova Scotia.  


They can help you enrol in online workshops that will prepare you to find employment.

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    Read More 1: Engineers Nova Scotia Website

    Engineers in Training

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    Read More 2: Engineers Nova Scotia Website


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    Read More 3: Engineers Nova Scotia Website

    Engineer in Training Mentor Program Guide (.pdf)