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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)?

Here are the answers to some questions you may have:

Engineers Canada maintains the honour, integrity and interests of the engineering profession by supporting consistent high standards in the regulation of the profession, encouraging the growth of the profession in Canada and conducting themselves in a way that earns the public’s confidence.  Engineers Canada does not regulate engineering in any province in Canada, but supports the provincial engineering regulators like Engineers Nova Scotia.

Yes, it is in March.

There are 12 regulatory bodies.  They regulate the engineering profession and license professional engineers in Canada.

It is mechanical engineering.

Women make up 18% of all undergraduate engineering enrolment.

There are 13 classified engineering occupations, plus an additional 5 under the category of "Other Engineering Disciplines”.

Engineers use theoretical knowledge to develop ways to use materials and forces of nature for the benefit of humankind.  Technologists use engineering and scientific knowledge along with technical skills to support engineering activities.  Technicians are practical specialists who generally work with equipment.

Engineers Canada has identified 7 core competencies.  Visit to read about the Core Engineering Competencies.

Engineers Nova Scotia licenses engineering professionals practicing in Nova ScotiaIt is the licensing and regulatory body for over 7,300 professional engineers and engineers-in-training practicing in Nova Scotia or on Nova Scotia projects.

The Engineering Profession Act outlines the duties and responsibilities of professional engineers who practice in Nova Scotia.

Visit to download a copy of The Code of Ethics.

These guidelines outline the essential values of Engineers Nova Scotia and how to apply these values to the many functions professional engineers practice today.

Visit download a copy of the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations (Users’ Version).

Yes you can, but you still have to apply for a license in Nova Scotia.  The application process is simple and straightforward as long as you are in good standing with your current association.

Engineers Nova Scotia has a quarterly newsletter that keeps the membership informed of business and offers articles of interest.  Visit to read the most recent publications.

Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists is the national organization that represents the interests of all applied science and engineering technology students and graduates.

TechNova is the provincial organization for professional technicians and technologists in Nova Scotia.  They certify their members and regulate the professional designations CET, C.Tech and AScT.

The law requires that an engineer practicing in Nova Scotia must register with Engineers Nova Scotia.

 Under the Engineering Profession Act & By-Laws, applicants who want to register must:

  • Be academically qualified as an engineer
  • Have enough acceptable engineering work experience in their area of qualification
  • Understand local practices and Canadian work conditions
  • Be competent in English
  • Be of good character
  • Show an understanding of professional practice and ethics issues

You must have 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.

You must have 48 months of approved engineering experience, and 12 months of the required 48 months of experience must be in a Canadian environment.

You can enrol in the Orientation and Communication Skills for Engineers (OCSE) program at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS).  Successful completion of this program is equivalent to 12 months of Canadian experience, but you must still have 48 months or more of total work experience approved by the Board of Examiners.

Even though the pathway has steps you must complete, your pathway may not be exactly the same as another IEE’s pathway.  Your pathway depends on your education and experience.  It is important to get guidance from Engineers Nova Scotia to help you determine your individual pathway.

If you have a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from a university outside of Canada, you will first need to apply for an assessment of your academic and experience qualifications with Engineers Nova Scotia.

The Board of Examiners (BOE) at Engineers Nova Scotia reviews your academic and experience qualifications for licensure. 

The BOE will recommend a course of action. For example, they may assign examinations, invite you in for an interview and/or tell you the remaining amount of experience you need to get.  This will be outlined in a letter to you.

Visit to read general information about the labour market in Nova Scotia. 

Visit here to view statistics on engineering salaries in the Atlantic region.  Visit 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.

There are many things you can do to be successful in finding employment in Nova Scotia. 

Here are a few:

  1. Register with ISANS and work with an employment specialist.
  2. Ask your employment specialist to recommend any relevant online, distance or in-person workshops, programs and/or tools that would benefit you.
  3. Learn how to successfully network and attend all networking opportunities.

Visit to look up your engineering discipline and see what alternative career options are open to you in the technology professions.

Visit to compare Canadian workplace values with other cultures.

Visit to read about all of your employment rights in Nova Scotia.

Workplaces in Nova Scotia are protected by Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.  Visit to read about the rights and responsibilities of the employer and employee.

Yes, Engineers Nova Scotia has a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program.  The CPD Policy states that all members, unless exempted by Council, must complete a minimum of 60 professional development hours in each calendar year, and a minimum of 240 professional development hours in each three-year period starting their first full year of registration. 


If you have more questions, review the website Engineering in Nova Scotia again or contact the organizations directly.