Confirmatory Exam Program

Non-CEAB graduates who meet the minimum academic qualifications to apply may be assigned a confirmatory examination program to confirm that they have obtained the equivalent education qualifications.

Important changes to PEO’s licensing processes

PEO introduced changes to our licence application process that will make applying for an engineering licence more efficient, transparent and fair for all applicants. PEO’s modernized application process will ensure new applicants receive a registration decision within six months of submitting a completed licence application.

The new application rules for obtaining a P.Eng. licence also comply with new requirements set by the provincial government under the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act (FARPACTA).

PEO will launch an improved online application system on July 1, 2023.

The confirmatory examination program (CEP) is comprised of three technical examinations and one complementary studies examination. It provides the applicant with an opportunity to confirm that they have obtained the equivalent education qualifications to satisfy PEO’s academic requirements for licensure in the discipline of assessment.

Applicants who have been assigned a CEP and have obtained at least five years of engineering experience from their bachelor’s conferral date may have their applications forwarded to PEO’s Experience Assessment Department for review. The department will assess whether the technical examination program can be waived, reduced or the program stands.

Learn more about the Experience Assessment for PEO’s Academic Requirements.

Applicants who are referred to the Experience Assessment Department will be required to submit their experience documents in the required formats by an assigned deadline. Applicants who do not submit the required documentation by their assigned deadline will forfeit their opportunity to have their experience assessed and they will be required to start their examination program by their assigned examination deadline. Applicants that do not start their examination program by their assigned deadline will have their current P.Eng. application withdrawn.

Applicants may have a portion of their assigned exams waived if they meet the Good Performance Criteria (see PEO Technical Exam Policy).

Applicants who fail two technical exams in their Confirmatory Examination Program will be assigned a Failed-to-Confirm (FTC) examination program (see technical exam policy for details). The FTC program is a type of Specific Examination Program.

Applicants assigned a CEP cannot take courses-in-lieu of the assigned exams.

Confirmatory Exam Programs by Discipline

Ryerson’s Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification Bridging Program (IEEQB)

Applicants who have been assigned a confirmatory program from a designated engineering discipline with PEO have the option of enrolling into Ryerson’s Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification Bridging (IEEQB) program to register in courses from engineering undergraduate accredited programs that cover the content of the Confirmatory Examination Program in the discipline of assessment. Applicants who successfully complete the Ryerson IEEQB program will satisfy their Confirmatory Examination Program with PEO.

Applicants who do not successfully complete the entire IEEQB program will be required to successfully pass PEO’s Confirmatory Examination Program.

The minimum passing grade to fulfill the academic requirements for licensure for each Ryerson IEEQB course is 60%.

The PEO confirmatory disciplines available with Ryerson’s IEEQB Program include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geomatics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

See Ryerson’s IEEQB program brochure for more information.