These programmes have been designed to meet the needs of professional engineers in the civil, mechanical, electrical and ocean engineering disciplines who want to keep up to date in their area of specialization. The programme consists of two components:

a) A compulsory set of core courses representing 144 credit hours of study:
b) 144 credit hours selected from a group of technical courses.


This programme is the responsibility of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and is intended for professional engineers. Applications for admission should be made to the programme on appropriate forms available from Continuing Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Entry to the programme is not normally restricted to any particular time of year, rather completed applications are judged by an Admissions Committee as soon as possible after they reach the CEE office. To ensure that applications are processed as quickly as possible, applicants should provide complete documentation and transcripts with the application form.


Normal entrance requirement is one of the following:

a) Membership in the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland (APEGN).
b) A Bachelor of Engineering degree from a recognized university, and three years experience in engineering work.

Individuals who do not possess the qualifications listed above may be admitted to the programme if they can satisfy the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science that they have qualifications and experience which ensure a reasonable chance of success in the programme.


A student who has taken previous technical courses which have not been applied for previous credit may be exempted from taking similar courses in a Diploma Programme, up to a maximum of 72 hours. Only those courses will be considered for exemption which were taken not more than two years in the past and for which the student's work was formally evaluated.

For courses taken more than two years in the past, applications for exemption may be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Students requesting exemptions should apply in writing to the Director of Continuing Engineering Education, with supporting documentation about the course(s) they hope to use for substitute(s). Documentation must include an official course outline or calendar description and a transcript of the grade(s) obtained.


Where a course in a Diploma Programme has had to be cancelled, registrants to this course may be allowed to attend a similar course which may be offered as part of some other programme at the University, should space permit. They will receive credit for the substitute course towards their diploma.

Students requesting credit for substitute courses should apply in writing to CEE prior to taking the course with an official outline or calendar description of the course(s) they wish to substitute.


Under certain conditions credit may be given for courses offered by the School of Gradate Studies. Credit must be approved by the Continuing Engineering Education Committee. Graduate courses shall count as 24 credit hours and the total number of credit hours obtained from graduate courses shall not exceed 48.


The format of the courses offered as part of this programme will be varied. In addition to the normal lecture-type courses offered at evening sessions, there may be day seminars, and short intense courses running a week or more. The format for courses offered in any semester will be announced by CEE prior to the beginning of that semester.


Each course in the diploma programme will contain an evaluation procedure established by the instructor for that course. A mark of 60% must be achieved in each course taken in order to obtain credit.


Most courses are offered by a team of instructors drawn from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, other faculties, and specialists from industry.


Normally a student will complete the Diploma Programme in two years. If he/she cannot complete it in two years, the student may apply to the Diploma Committee for an extension which may be granted for one year. A maximum of three extensions may be granted. This means that the total extended period including the normal time of two years will not exceed five years.


A testamur programme is normally a single course, seminar, symposium, or other study session directed at a specific subject area and which is presented over a one to four day period. Normally there are no evaluation procedures applied to these programmes.

Specific testamur programmes are not listed in the Calendar. Brochures containing information on the subject matter, fees, dates, places, and registration are distributed through an extensive mailing list, and advertised in the media and selected trade and professional correspondence. A registration form is contained in each brochure or is available from the Director of Continuing Engineering Education.


The Faculty reserves the right to postpone or cancel any programme, in whole or in part, due to insufficient advance registration or for any other reason it deems appropriate. Any fees paid in advance will be returned subject to the terms and conditions on the registration form.

Last modified on May 6, 1998 by MaryJane Puxley

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