Engineers Canada Examination Syllabus
Engineers Canada’s members are responsible for the regulation of the practice of engineering in Canada. Each association and ordre has been established under an act of its provincial or territorial legislature and serves as the regulatory authority for engineers practising within its jurisdiction. Engineers Canada is the national federation of these associations and ordre. Engineers Canada provides a coordinating function among the provincial and territorial association and ordre, fostering mutual recognition and encouraging the greatest possible commonality of operation in their licensing functions.
The Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board, a standing committee of Engineers Canada, provides a number of services to the constituent associations including the maintenance of national guidelines on admissions criteria, a uniform syllabus of examinations for use in assessing non-accredited academic program graduates, research on foreign qualifications, and other recommendations on professional practice issues. Regarding academic qualifications, its mandate is focused on programs delivered outside of Canada which are not recognized by Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
The subject matter of the syllabus is broadly representative of accredited programs offered in Canada. It is not intended, however, to duplicate any given program or establish mandatory subjects which must be mastered in each discipline. The Accreditation Board criteria for accreditation of engineering programs allows for significant flexibility in course content and it is not possible to develop a syllabus for an "average" program in any given discipline. The syllabus, therefore, does not establish a set of examinations which replicates a Accreditation Board accredited program. Although attempts have been made to harmonize the Syllabus with the Accreditation Board accreditation criteria, strict compliance has not been sought. The Syllabus is not intended as a replacement for the education process.
The Qualifications Board's intent in the application of the Syllabus is that it be used as a sampling technique to ensure that applicants have an appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge and mastery of common subjects to confirm that they have reached the necessary academic level . Breadth in the education of a candidate may come from more than one discipline, and thus confirmatory examinations may be drawn from more than one discipline.
Examinations are grouped into the following sections:
Basic studies examinations
Fourteen examinations designed to ensure that applicants have an adequate foundation in mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering sciences.
Complementary studies examinations
Four Examinations: Engineering Economics; Engineering in Society ? Health and Safety; Sustainability, Engineering and the Environment; and Engineering Management.
Discipline specific examinations
Subject areas in each discipline are listed under two headings - compulsory and elective. These examinations are primarily engineering science and engineering design.
The Examination Syllabus does not form the basis of an engineering education for any particular engineering discipline. It should not be used as a guide by potential applicants when preparing their academic records and course descriptions for application to any of the provincial/territorial associations/ordre.