Important notice: Message for applicants awaiting assessment of academic qualification
To protect the health of our employees, volunteers and visitors, and to do our part to slow community transmission of the COVID-19 virus, PEO’s office has been physically closed since March 17, 2020.
Since then, our staff and volunteers have transitioned to working remotely, and a paperless workflow for all licensing steps, including academic assessments requiring review by our Academic Requirements Committee (ARC), has been developed.
As we created the infrastructure and practices necessary to process applications virtually during the pandemic, we experienced an unprecedented accumulation of applications requiring academic review.
Unfortunately, this has resulted in unpreventable and significant delays in the academic assessment of applicants who have graduated from an engineering program that is not accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).
Please refer to the guidance below for the revised estimated processing times of these applications.
If you received notice from PEO prior to December 31, 2021, indicating that your file has been forwarded to our Academic Requirements Committee for review, you can expect an assessment decision no later than April 30, 2022.
If you received notice from PEO between January 1 and April 30, 2022, indicating that your file has been forwarded to our Academic Requirements Committee for review, it is expected that an assessment decision may take up to 16 weeks.
If you receive notice from PEO after April 30, 2022, indicating that your file has been forwarded to our Academic Requirements Committee for review, it is expected that an assessment decision will take 8 to 12 weeks.
Thank you for your continued patience.
The academics of applicants who have graduated from Non-CEAB-accredited programs (Non-CEAB) must be individually assessed by PEO’s Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) as to whether they meet the academic requirements for licensing. The applicant will be required to submit academic documents for the ARC’s assessment.
As a result of the ARC’s assessment, these applicants follow three different paths (A, B and C) to their next step in licensure.
- Based on the ARC assessment, the applicant has met the academic requirement and advances to the National Professional Practice Examination.
- Based on the ARC assessment, applicants who do not meet the academic requirement are assigned technical exam(s) to demonstrate whether they have an equivalent academic background and the knowledge required for licensing. PEO has two streams of technical exams: confirmatory or specific examination program.
- Based on the academic assessment, the applicant does not meet the minimum academic requirement for licensure. The applicant will be issued a notice of determination to be refused to be issued a license, and the application will be withdrawn. Please note, all PEO fees are non-refundable.
Upon PEO confirming the Non-CEAB applicant has met the academic requirement, the applicant will advance to step 2 - writing the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE).
National Professional Practice Exam
The next step is the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE). This is a 3-hour, closed-book on-line exam that covers ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability. All applicants must pass the NPPE within two years of being assessed as meeting the academic requirement for licensing.
Upon the successful completion of the NPPE, the applicant will be required to provide additional information in regards to the experience requirement.
All applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 48 months of acceptable, verifiable post-bachelor’s engineering experience of which at least 12 months must be in a Canadian jurisdiction under the supervision of a licensed Canadian professional engineer.
PEO assesses engineering experience against five, quality-based criteria: application of theory, practical experience, management of engineering, communication skills, and awareness of the social implications of engineering.
For the experience assessment, applicants will be required to submit their experience summary page, referee list, and experience record(s). If additional information is required, PEO will contact the applicant directly.
During the experience assessment, applicants may be referred to the Experience Requirements Committee (ERC) for an assessment. This ERC interview assesses the applicant’s competency to practice through demonstration of the five criteria.
Applicants may be eligible for credit(s) towards their engineering experience. For information on the experience credits, please see the Experience Guide.
Upon satisfying the experience requirement, the applicant will move to step 4 – licence review and approval.
Licence Review and Approval
Once the applicant has satisfied all the requirements for licensing, the Registrar will review and give approval for the P.Eng. licence to be granted. After their P.Eng. licensing and annual fees are paid and processed, the applicant is licensed as a professional engineer.
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