Internationally Educated Engineers

Internationally Educated Engineers come to Canada with various levels of valuable experience and education. In Canada, all engineering graduates must complete four years of supervised work under a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) and write an exam in Law and Ethics before they can become a P. Eng. Each province has its own professional organization that sets the requirements but the designation is accepted across Canada. Engineers Nova Scotia is the professional organization for engineers in Nova Scotia.

Pathway to Licensure

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia offers:

Internationally Educated Engineers (IEE) Bridging Program

The Internationally Educated Engineers (IEE) Bridging Program at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia assists IEEs with understanding the Canadian work environment, providing competency assessment program, understanding the pathway to licensure in Nova Scotia and supporting the IEE’s individual path with courses and support groups through the following programs.

  • Competencies Assessment Program (12 weeks)

    This program was created by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia in conjunction with Engineers NS and the Government of Nova Scotia. The program is based on seven competencies defined by Engineers Canada. If you are recommended to participate by your Employment Specialist, you will complete three months (12 weeks) of full time, unpaid work experience with a local engineering company. Both you and your supervisor are provided training on how to demonstrate and assess the competencies. You will be given the results of the supervisor’s assessment which will explain areas of improvement and will be a useful resource in future interviews. Ideally you will impress your supervisor and they will act as a reference for you in the future.

    Following completion of this program, work experience may be written up and submitted, with the application for assessment, to Engineers Nova Scotia.  The Board of Examiners will determine if the experience is eligible for credit towards the 1 year of Canadian work experience required for licensure.

  • Online Engineering Self-Assessment Tool

    Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Professional Self-Assessment Tool

    Once you have made the decision to search for work in Canada, recognizing your valuable skills and experience is essential. Self-assessment is an important process in helping you as a newcomer identify these skills and experiences. You can then relate them to how your own profession in Canada is practiced. The purpose of this tool is to make this process as easy as possible by giving you a list of skills and competencies to choose from.

    Visit the Self-Assessment Tool website.

  • Supportive Online Community of Internationally Educated Engineers

    This is where you can ask questions and share experiences with those also on the path to licensure. Administered by the Internationally Educated Engineers Program Coordinator the online portal will include helpful links and notices of events. Online courses will also be provided through the website.


You are eligible to attend this program if you are:

  • an  Internationally Educated Engineer ( IEE)
  • registered  as a client with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
  • registered with an employment specialist at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
For more information please contact


Engineers Nova Scotia
Engineers Nova Scotia is the licensing and regulatory body for Professional Engineers and Engineers-in-Training in Nova Scotia.
1355 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1Y9
Phone: (902) 429-2250
Toll Free: 1-888-802-7367