This page will provide you with information on the requirements for registration at Engineers Nova Scotia. If you require further information, or wish to access your file please contact Sandra Oickle, Director of Registration, e-mail.

Requirements for Registration (download pdf document here) 

An engineer practicing in Nova Scotia is required by law to be registered with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (Engineers Nova Scotia).  Under the Nova Scotia Engineering Profession Act & By-Laws, applicants who want to register must

  • be academically qualified as an engineer
  • have sufficient acceptable engineering work experience in your area of qualification
  • have an understanding of local practices and Canadian work conditions
  • be competent in English 
  • be of good character, and 
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and ethics issues

Academic Requirement

Applicants for licensure must meet the following requirement for academic qualifications: 


  •       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.


If your bachelor’s degree is not accredited or is from a country that does not have a reciprocal mobility agreement with Canada, your academic and experience qualifications will be assessed by the Board of Examiners.   If you do not hold a degree from a CEAB accredited program or from a recognized program you may demonstrate that you are academically qualified by completing an examination program as assigned by the Board of Examiners based on the Engineers Canada Examination Syllabus.


Experience Requirement

The experience requirement is four years of approved engineering experience.  Credit may only be granted for experience obtained after the academic requirement has been met.  Pre-Grad experience credit of up to 12 months may also be granted for experience obtained in the last two years of your engineering program. The experience must be approved by the Board of Examiners and a minimum of one year in a Canadian environment is required.  As the quality and years of experience may be a factor in determining the requirements for registration, it is very important to submit a comprehensive record of your experience with the assessment application.  The experience records must be signed by the applicant and the Supervisor or Employer where the experience was obtained.   Engineers may practice under the supervision of a P.Eng. to obtain the one year of experience in a Canadian environment.  You must document your experience on the Engineers Nova Scotia Experience Record form. It is very important that the experience records are signed by you and your Supervisor/Employer where the experience was obtained.  


English Language Requirement

If your first language is not English, proof of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in English, is required.  Acceptable documentation of English proficiency may include positive results of the TOEFL or the International English Language Test, confirmation of education in English, or employer reference letters.

Good Character Requirement

You must provide the names of three people who have known you for a minimum of one year and are willing to provide a reference to attest to your character and engineering experience.  Two of the references must be Professional Engineers in good standing with their home association/ordre.

National Professional Practice Exam Requirement

The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) is a computer based Law and Ethics and Professionalism exam consisting of 110 multiple choice questions.   Before you can become a Professional Engineer in Canada you must successfully complete the NPPE to demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and ethics issues.  This exam must be completed by all engineers in Canada.

Application Requirements for Assessment 


The Board of Examiners requires the following documents to assess your academic and experience qualifications.  All academic documents must be original, sent directly from the institution or be translated and notarized by a certified translator.  If you cannot obtain documents from the institution, please contact the Director of Registration.  Note:  Efforst are made to accommodate those who cannot provide authenticated documents as described above, however this may negatively impact assessment results.


1.     completed application (with all required fees and dues)

2.     degree certificate

3.     original transcripts of marks translated to English and sent from the universities to Engineers Nova Scotia

4.     course descriptions for all engineering degrees, translated to English and sent from the university to Engineers Nova Scotia

5.     detailed work history signed by your supervisor or employer 

6.     current valid photo identification


Applications requiring an assessment will be submitted to the Board of Examiners when all required documents are received.   The Board 's decisions on the requirements for registration, or acceptance / rejection of an application, including internal reviews, will be mailed to you within one to three months after receipt of a complete* application.  *Complete indicates that all required documents have been received by the Association.


For information on other categories of registration, please refer to the application categories under Registration.


Every effort will made to accommodate applicants with special needs.  Please contact if you have a special needs requirement.


Subject to staff availability and workload, every effort is made to respond to Registration-related inquiries within 1 - 2 business days. 


Nova Scotia's Government has created the Fair Registration Practices Act (FRPA) Review Office that oversees Regulators in the province with the goal of ensuring all registration practices are fair and transparent. In March 2017, Engineers Nova Scotia's licensing processes were deemed to be "fully compliant with the FRPA." The Review Office went on to state the association is "a leader among regulatory bodies in its support for the development of licensing systems that are objective, transparent and procedurally fair."


The complete FRPA Review Office letter is available here and the final report is available here