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PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS – Help for those trained in foreign countries

TORONTO - The ONTARIO SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS (OSPE) has received funding from the Government of Ontario ...


TORONTO – The ONTARIO SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS (OSPE) has received funding from the Government of Ontario to develop and deliver special bridge training courses for internationally trained engineers. These courses will prepare engineers to write and pass the Professional Practice Examination (PPE), a requirement of the Professional Engineers Ontario licensing process in the province.

OSPE will assist internationally trained engineers in their goal to be licensed by offering a tailored preparatory course for the PPE. In addition to the required technical information, the new course will include the Canadian cultural context of examination writing. It will incorporate content relating to engineering, legal and ethical practices in the workplace, as well as address examination intimidation/stress reduction, unfamiliarity with the Canadian context and exam study habits.

According to the Government of Ontario, by 2011 all of Ontario’s net labour force growth will come from immigrants. OSPE recognizes the important contribution internationally trained engineers can make to the economic growth of the province.

The first offering of the course, conducted as a pilot, is scheduled for January 2009 with a second pilot offered in September 2009. Following an evaluation process and making any necessary revisions or enhancements, the course will be delivered on an ongoing basis.

Contact Sonya Agnew, the society’s marketing and communications manager, at 416-223-9961 ext 224 or sagnew@ospe.on.ca.


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