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Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program
Training Programs

The Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program is an integrated training program that provides upgrading and Canadian work experience to help foreign educated professionals integrate into the local engineering industry. This program promotes employability and career development in the participants' related engineering discipline.

Key training components include: technical and interpersonal communication protocols required in the Canadian workplace, intensive technical/technological skills upgrading, AutoCAD training at SAIT (Levels I - III) and a work experience placement.

The Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program continues to be endorsed by APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), and serves as a link to connect local engineering firms with engineers trained abroad.


To upgrade foreign educated engineers and provide Canadian work experience that would lead to employment and provincial licensing with APEGA.


  • Be an immigrant who is legally entitled to work and train in Canada.
  • Possess a post-secondary degree in Engineering, Geophysics, or Geology.
  • Have experience in their field of training prior to coming to Canada.
  • Lack Canadian employment in their field of training.
  • Be unemployed or receive a counsel to leave employment if under employed.
  • Be facing barriers to employment due to limited essential skills, employability skills, and job search skills.
  • Undergo an International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS) assessment or equivalent, for accreditation of their foreign credentials and verification of their work experience and technical expertise.
  • Possess a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 6-8.
  • Be committed to completing the program and securing and retaining employment as Engineers, Geologists, or Geophysicists in Alberta or employment in their designated field.
  • Possess the necessary competencies and abilities to attend the training.


  • Four months class room training:
    • Technical and business communication
    • Computer Training
    • Speech Therapy
    • Industry speakers / seminars / Industry tours
    • Project Management Seminar
  • Occupational Training
    • SAIT, AutoCad I, II, III


Three months work experience: Students will participate in Canadian work experience related to their discipline in engineering or in design and drafting.


  • Alberta Human Services


Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I qualify for the Engineering and Technology Upgrading Program?

If you meet the following criteria, you can attend an information session and complete the application form:

· Foreign BSc., M.Sc., Ph.D Engineering, Geology or Geophysics

· Canadian Language Benchmark, CLB 6-8 in all four testing areas

· Minimum 3 years foreign work experience

· EI recipients- past three years, parental benefits past five years

· Currently unemployed

Do I need to bring any documents with me?

The only documents you need to bring are:

· A copy of your resume

· A copy of your most current language benchmark

Can I pre-register for the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program?

No, there is no pre-registration for the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program.The ONLY way to register for the program is to attend and information session and complete an application form.

I am very qualified, why can't I be pre-selected?

All of our candidates are very qualified and we have to treat everyone as fairly as possible.For that reason, we review every application individually so everyone has a fair chance.

Am I guaranteed a place in the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program?

Due to the number of applicants (more than 200 a year), we cannot pre-select or guarantee spots in advance.

Which information session should I attend? Is it better if I attend the first information session?

Due to the number of applicants (historically, over 200) we have many information sessions. Therefore, it does not matter which one you attend.Select one that best fits into your calendar and just drop in.

Do I need to prepare anything?

Because the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program is open to all engineering disciplines recognized by APEGGA, the questions have to be fair.Therefore, the questions are generic and are based on engineering concepts and basic work practices.This way, any engineer, regardless of discipline, would be able to answer them.

What happens after I complete the application form?

Each application form is reviewed and some applicants will be selected for an interview.The interview selection will happen within one week.Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive we cannot interview each person who attends an information session and completes an application form.

Why do I need to provide a copy of the Canadian Language Benchmark test?I got my degree from an English Language University or English is an official language of my home country.

Unfortunately, as the rules for the program are created by our funder, AEI - a division of the Alberta Government, we are not able to get around this requirement.




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Sholeh Mahdavi
Project Manager
T: 403.290.5110
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