You may be tempted to answer "yes" to this question, but you should know that it is impossible to be an "engineering specialist." Why?

First of all, because professionals may not designate themselves as specialists unless they hold a specialist’s certificate. In fact, according to the Professional Code of Québec, “no person may use a specialist’s title corresponding to a class of specialization (...) unless he holds the appropriate specialist’s certificate.”

Second, because the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec does not issue any specialist’s certificates.

To highlight their engineering expertise, OIQ members will instead use the proper terminology in their job title. The word “expert” is acceptable if their expertise supports this description.

2017 December

Dear Students,
My colleagues on the Board of Directors of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) join me in wishing you all the best during the holiday season. Our lives are very full and this period of the year affords us an opportunity to spend some precious time with our nearest and dearest.
The year now ending was marked by positive changes in your future profession. I also have the firm conviction that the actions that the OIQ is currently carrying out as part of the ENG2020 Plan are helping to bolster public trust in engineers.
Several activities will give me a chance to talk to many of you next year and I am really looking forward to meeting you.
Until then, I hope you have some very happy holidays with your loved-ones.

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Kathy Baig, Eng., FEC, MBA
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The Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) will be held at Ryerson University in Toronto from March 8 to 11. For 4 days, Canada’s top engineering students will compete in 7 events in the areas of innovative design and communications.

This year, around 40 students will represent Québec at this prestigious competition. The Université du Québec à Rimouski heads the pack in terms of the number of participants, as ten of its students have qualified to participate in the CEC.

2017 December


(In French only)
Hurry! You have until November 30, 2017 to apply for one of the awards or scholarships presented by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec Foundation. In fact, the Foundation offers scholarships to students who aspire to have a career in engineering. In this way, the scholarship program helps promote education and encourages educational, personal and social achievement.
You are 30 seconds away from learning everything you need to know about the Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for engineers, one of five mechanisms for protecting the public.

​In this video, Bernard Cyr, Eng., Assistant Director of Practice Supervision at the OIQ, explains how to comply with the regulation and which training activities may be reported. In this video, Bernard Cyr, Eng., Assistant Director of Practice Supervision at the OIQ, explains how to comply with the regulation and which training activities may be reported.

To watch the video, click here.
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