English Language Competency Requirements | APEGA

English Language Competency Requirements

Starting January 1, 2018, the APEGA Board of Examiners will no longer be requiring the initial submission of a handwritten letter or TOEFL results to prove English language competency for new applications that are paid for and submitted. Applications submitted before January 1, 2018 must still provide proof of English competency. 

If English is not your native language or your undergraduate courses were not in English, you must show your competency in written and spoken English before registering as a Professional Member, Licensee, or Professional Licensee. The Board of Examiners (BOE) will assess your English Language Competency (ELC) through the descriptions provided in your Work Experience Record, and the verification of your associated references. 

Please be aware that the BOE may request additional information to prove ELC if your Work Experience Record does not show sufficient evidence of competency in English. This will be communicated to you in your decision letter from the BOE. 

You can show your skill in English by one of two ways:

Score 100 or More on the English-as-a-Foreign-Language (TOEFL) Exam

To meet the English-competency requirement, email APEGA a copy of your TOEFL score sheet at registration@apega.ca, or upload it to your application before submitting it.

APEGA only accepts TOEFL certifications. We recommend you take the TOEFL from Educational Testing Services Canada. We do not accept results from all exam providers, such as IELTS, TESL, and EAL.


Send APEGA a Signed and Dated, Handwritten Letter Showing Your English Competency

The letter must:

  • be addressed to the APEGA Board of Examiners or APEGA Registration
  • be at least one page and no more than three pages long
  • describe how you use English to communicate in an engineering or geoscience academic or work environment
  • describe how you gained spoken and written English proficiency
  • be written by you—copying or asking another person to write your letter is considered dishonest conduct. Dishonest conduct may affect the result of your application.