Engineering: Engineers Canada Bilateral MRA


Engineers Canada is a bilateral mutual recognition agreement (MRA) between Engineers Canada and ABET. It pertains to accredited engineering programs in Canada and the United States. Engineers Canada Bilateral MRA assists in determining if engineering programs in Canada or the U.S. are recognized for purposes of licensure and registration, employment, or admission to graduate school in the other country.

Recognition Dates

This bilateral MRA applies to students who graduated from accredited engineering programs in 1980 or later. Engineers Canada and ABET are under no formal obligation to recognize one another’s accredited engineering programs or their graduates prior to 1980; however, they may do so at their own discretion.

Licensing & Registration in Canada

Licensing and registration bodies in the U.S. and Canada make the final decision on recognition of an individual’s credentials for the purpose of licensing and registration. Other than providing documentation that an individual graduated from an ABET-accredited program, we cannot advocate or intervene on behalf of individuals who are seeking to have their credentials recognized by licensing and registration organizations in Canada.

Licensing & Registration in the U.S.

If your program is recognized by the Engineers Canada bilateral MRA, check the list of U.S. state licensing boards maintained by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for information on licensing and registration requirements in the state in which you wish to practice. If your program is not recognized by the Engineers Canada bilateral MRA, please note that some licensing and registration boards may accept an external evaluation of your credentials.

We do not conduct credentials evaluations, nor do we recommend evaluation services. Please refer to the appropriate state licensing board for information about acceptable evaluation services.

Is Your Program Recognized

These questions will help you determine whether your program is recognized by the Engineers Canada Bilateral MRA.

Learn More

If you have questions about this bilateral MRA, please contact our Senior Manager – International Relations.