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To apply for a licence, download and complete the Licensing Guide and Application for Licence. (Note: Application fees paid via credit cards will NOT be accepted. Please send your payment via cheque, money order or draft.)


Note: All PEO fees have changed as of May 1, 2019. Applications received after this date, as well as examinations, are subject to the new fees. Annual renewals of all licences, certificates of authorization, engineering intern membership, and consulting engineer designations invoiced after May 1, 2019 will reflect the new rates. Click here for PEO’s fee schedule as of May 1, 2019.


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Do I need a Licence?

Are you practising professional engineering?

Under the Professional Engineers Act, the “practice of professional engineering” means “any act of planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising that requires the application of engineering principles and concerns the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment, or the managing of any such act”.

To determine whether you are practising professional engineering, ask yourself three questions:

  • Are you planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising, or managing any of these acts?
  • Are engineering principles required to carry out the act?
  • Does the act concern the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment?

If you can answer yes to all three questions, you are practising professional engineering and require a licence from PEO.

Requirements for Licensure

To be granted a licence to practise professional engineering in Ontario, an applicant must:

  1. be at least 18 years old;
  2. be of good character;
  3. meet PEO's stipulated academic requirements for licensure (hold an undergraduate engineering degree from a Canadian Engineering Accreditation board (CEAB)-accredited program, or possess equivalent qualifications), and, if required, successfully complete any technical exams.
  4. fulfill the engineering work experience requirements (demonstrate at least 48 months of verifiable, acceptable engineering experience, at least 12 months of which must be acquired in a Canadian jurisdiction under a licensed professional engineer); and
  5. successfully complete PEO’s Professional Practice Examination (PPE).

Licensing Process

For an overview of the application process, see the How to become a Professional Engineer in Ontario PowerPoint presentation.

Licensing Model

The below simplified model explains the PEO licensing process. Read the July/August Engineering Dimensions article, The licensing process, simplified, for full details.

Engineering Intern Program

Applicants may also register for PEO's Engineering Intern (EIT) program, which provides guidance and assistance to engineering graduates as they acquire the 48 months of acceptable engineering work experience, including annual reviews of experience to ensure that an applicant is “on the right track” for licensing.

Financial Credit Program

As of May 1, 2019, if you apply for your licence within six months of graduation, PEO will credit your licence application fee as well as the cost of your first year’s membership in the Engineering Intern (EIT) Program (if you enrol) towards payment of your registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees once you have been approved for a licence. Learn more about  PEO's Financial Credit Program.

Note: Changes to the Engineering Intern Financial Credit Program (FCP) will come into effect on May 1, 2019. As of this date, eligible participants will have the cost of their application fee and first year of enrollment in the EIT program (should they have chosen to enroll) credited towards payment of their registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees once they have been approved for a licence. Prior to May 1, 2019, eligible candidates had their application fee and first year of enrollment in the Engineering Intern (EIT) program immediately waived.

International Engineering Graduates

International Engineering Graduate applicants are not required to be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, making it easier for those from outside of Canada to apply for and obtain a licence. Contact newcomers@peo.on.ca to speak to a PEO representative about how to start the licensing process before you arrive in Canada.

Translation or Certification Statements

Professional engineers may use the statements found in the following document if they wish to certify that they have translated or reviewed translated documents or certified academic documents for P.Eng. applicants:

Translation or Certification Statements that may be used by Professional Engineers


  1. Professional engineers should sign, date, and provide their P.Eng. licence number on each page of the document. PEO stamps should not be used on non-engineering documents (academic documents are not considered engineering documents).
  2. For degrees obtained from universities in Canada or the United States, the transcripts must come to PEO directly from the universities or in a sealed university envelope. Photocopies, faxed, emailed or student-issued transcripts will not be accepted.

P.Eng. from another Province

If you already hold a P.Eng. licence from another Canadian engineering association/order, a national mobility agreement between all the provinces and territories allows you to move between provinces and territories without having to repeat the entire licensing process. PEO applicants who are licensed as professional engineers in good standing in another Canadian engineering association/ordre are not required to submit transcripts or write PEO’s Professional Practice Examination.


Applicants who have disabilities that require accommodation are advised to contact a staff representative. They will have their needs assessed on a case-by-case basis and every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate them.


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