Pathway to Licensure for IEEs in Nova Scotia

Licensing Requirements

What are the requirements to become licensed as a Professional Engineer in Nova Scotia?


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Here are the academic requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) or
  • An unaccredited undergraduate degree in engineering or science from a school, college or university recognized by the governing Council of the Association, and successful completion of any required examinations

Here are the experience requirements:

  • You must have 48 months of approved engineering experience after you have met the academic requirement.
  • You must have 12 months of the required 48 months of experience in a Canadian environment or you must have 48 months of approved engineering experience and successfully complete one of the following to meet the Canadian content requirement:
    1. The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) program Orientation and Communication Skills for Engineers (OCSE) (learn more about this program in this section)
    2. The Working in Canada seminar provided through Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC)
    3. A competency‐based assessment through another engineering regulatory body in Canada
    4. An equivalent course or program as approved by Engineers Nova Scotia


Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is the largest immigrant-serving agency in Atlantic Canada.  This non-for-profit organization works with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada.  They provide a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.

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You must write your experience on the Engineers Nova Scotia Engineering Experience Record form.  It must contain approximately 4 pages per year of experience and you must write it according to the Experience Guidelines.

Visit here to find the Engineering Experience Record form and the Experience Guidelines. (Read More 1)

It is very important to submit a full and complete record of your experience.  You must sign the experience records and your supervisor or employer must verify your experience with their signature and contact information.


Do you have the 48 months of required experience?


Become familiar with the Experience Guidelines and look at the sample experience records.

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    Source 1: ISANS Website


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    Read More 1: Engineers Nova Scotia Website