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 (Coming Soon)

    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.

  • Preparing Your Licensure Application

    Recommended for all Internationally Educated Engineers (IEEs) who are preparing their application to Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS).

    Description: A bi-weekly support group focused on preparing your Experience Record portion of the licensure application. Part of each session will be dedicated to writing and reviewing progress made to date. Guest speakers will be invited to explain how the Experience Record can affect your licensure path and address any questions about the licensure process.

    Dates coming soon

  • Technical Note Keeping sessions (Coming Soon)

    Every engineer in Canada is required to keep daily records of all activities, data, research etc. that is involved in their job. This is a necessary process as engineers may need to prove what thought process or source of information was used to reach their conclusions. Interviews with Engineers Nova Scotia members and legal representatives will provide perspective to this course.

  • Exam Support Study Groups

    You may be required to write exams as part of your pathway to licensure. Through our Online Learning Portal  you will be linked with others writing the same exam. As this program develops if more support is required, programming will be developed.

    Economics for Engineers

    Recommended for all IEEs who have applied to ENS and been told the Economics exam is required for licensure.

    Description: A study group for IEEs preparing to write the Economics for Engineers exam for licensure. We will cover the topics required for the exam and use the suggested text as a guide.

    Dates coming soon

  • Law & Ethics Exam Preparation sessions

    Recommended for all IEEs who are close to applying to ENS, or have applied, and have at least 2 years of engineering experience.

    Description: Topics tested by the exam will be explored through group discussion and weekly readings. We will also do practice tests and prepare for common challenges.

    Start date: January 14, 2014 (every 2nd Tuesday; last session on March 25, 2014)

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    Where: Classroom 11 at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia


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