No. Candidates can choose any exam available from any discipline. Select two from A, one from B, one Complimentary Studies.
Candidates can change selected technical exams before registration takes place. Once registered for exams, no changes are possible and exams are non-refundable.
Candidates have unlimited attempts to pass technical exams until they pass the required number of technical exams to apply for a licence.
Candidates should mark the ‘Academics’ section as “Complete” via the application portal.
You will receive an email indicating the result of each exam.
Exams are offered twice a year.
How candidates choose to prepare for technical exams (i.e., self-study, take a course or find a tutor) is their decision to make. Candidates may refer to the Recommended Textbooks by Discipline.
Yes. Technical exams are written online. Candidates may write technical exams outside of Canada, as long as they have high-speed internet and a webcam.
National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE)
Yes, candidates must submit a complete licence application to register for the NPPE.
Yes, candidates must pass the NPPE exam within 180 days of the date the application has been deemed completed. The NPPE sitting schedule is available in the application portal and on PEO’s website.
There are five sittings per year which will allow candidates to attempt the NPPE at least twice, independent of the application date.
No. The results from the previous application will be transferred/valid to the new application.
PEO’s Exam Centre will contact candidates for registration within approximately 10 days of submission of a complete licence application.
No, the NPPE pass status does not expire.
Three textbooks and several free resources are recommended as study materials to prepare for the NPPE:
Several practice tests are available to help you prepare for the NPPE. Practice test questions are ones used on previous NPPE exams.
The practice test site also sells an NPPE preparation package:
The NPPE is a 2.5 hour, closed-book, on-line exam on ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability. The exam has 110 multiple-choice questions based on 6 subject areas.
Your degree program will need to be on PEO’s Academic Equivalency List to be eligible for application.
Yes. PEO does not accept previously obtained WES documents or WES documents sent directly from candidates. PEO requires the WES Course-by-Course report to be submitted as part of the application. Click here for more information.
No. Under the new application process, PEO only accepts WES course-by-course evaluation reports.
I have a degree outside Canada which is on PEO’s Recognized Programs List, am I required to write technical exams? (Includes USA candidates).
Yes. All non-CEAB candidates must pass four technical exams to apply for licensure.
Candidates from bachelor of engineering programs that aren’t listed on PEO’s Recognized Programs List could request further verification of their academic qualifications through the PEO Application Portal. Or, you may choose to apply for a limited licence.
PEO does not accept licence transfers from the USA.
For the academic requirement, is a Canadian Master’s degree or PhD in engineering considered the same as an undergraduate engineering degree?
No. The academic requirement to apply for a P.Eng. licence is a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) or a bachelor's degree that meets PEO's acceptance criteria plus successful completion of a technical examination program.
PEO’s academic requirement for a P.Eng. is a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) or a bachelor's degree that meets PEO's acceptance criteria plus successful completion of a technical examination program. If you do not meet this requirement, a limited licence is an option if you meet the submission requirements for this type of licence.
Please monitor the ‘Documents Received’ section under ‘Programs’ in the portal. This section will update from “No” to “Yes” when the required document is received.
I am currently not living in Canada and do not have a Permanent Resident Card or Canadian Citizenship; can I still apply to PEO?
Yes (if eligible to apply). You will be presented with the accepted forms of ID during the application process.
General application questions
I completed the Am I Ready to Apply survey, which said I might not be ready to apply. Can I still proceed with the application?
Yes, but you will need the necessary qualifications in order to submit the application.
You may request a registration hearing after receiving a notice of proposal.