Engineer ruling sparks foreign credential debate

Human rights decision could set unwelcome precedent for associations
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/24/2014

It’s a case surrounded by thorny issues: A foreign-trained engineer with two master’s degrees is unable to meet the requirements to practise engineering in Canada, leaving him underemployed and unable to use his training.

Ladislav Mihaly — who trained as an engineer in Czechoslovakia — was assigned a set of technical confirmatory exams to confirm his education. He refused to write them on the grounds engineers from countries such as Ireland and France are typically exempt from confirmatory exams.

Mihaly was also assigned the National Professional Practice Exam, which all engineers — even Canadian-trained ones — are required to write. He took the exam three times but was unable to pass.