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The APEC and IPEA Agreements

Engineers Canada is a signatory to two multi-national agreements that recognize ‘substantial equivalence’ of professional competence in engineering. Engineers listed on the representative registers may experience more expeditious mobility between the participating countries. They are:

These agreements were ratified among countries looking to establish an international standard of competence for professional engineering. The standard is envisioned to enhance or streamline the review of professional credentials for engineers wishing to practice in another member country.

The registers

Within the home jurisdiction of each signatory to the above multi-national agreements, a national register is maintained listing those engineers that meet the international standard of professional competence.

  • The International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA) register: Members of the IPEA register may receive credit when seeking licensure in the jurisdiction of another IPEA member, and are able to use the International Professional Engineer (IntPE) designation.
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Engineers Agreement (APEC EA) register: Members of the APEC register may receive credit when seeking licensure in the jurisdiction of another APEC member, and is able to use the APEC Engineer designation.

Most national registers are shared are shared online, and can be readily searched.

The national registers in Canada are maintained by Engineers Canada, and are referred to as the Engineers Canada Mobility Registers.

APEC register members

For more information visit www.ieagreements.org/APEC/

IPEA register members

For more information visit www.ieaagreements.org/EMF/

The benefit from the agreements and associated registers

The common expectation of all signatories is that engineers applying to practice must be competent. The majority of signatories rely upon the common benchmark credentials for their assessment of applicants. It is hoped that the benefit of having engineers on these two registers with a ‘pre-screen’ of some of these common credentials will help facilitate and expedite the review of their applications within other signatories’ jurisdictions.

For information on whether a Register is recognized in a specific Canadian province or territory, consult with the individual Canadian engineering regulatory bodies.

For more information

For more information contact Kyle Smith, Practice Lead, Assessments at kyle.smith@engineerscanada.ca