We provide resources to assist our stakeholders in understanding our regulatory role and how we protect the public interest.
As part of its regulatory mandate, PEO establishes, maintains and develops: standards of knowledge and skill; standards of practice for the profession; standards of professional ethics; and promotes public awareness of its role. The following are resources to assist PEO stakeholders--licence holders, applicants, and the public--in understanding their roles and responsibilities and the regulator’s work protecting the public interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I comply if I will not be practising later this year?
If you declare your practice status as “Practising” in January, then change it later in the year to “Not practicing” for valid circumstances, PEO will waive your CPD report requirement for this year.
What are my PEAK requirements if I am not practising?
If you are not practising and have a licence status of “Not permitted to practise,” you must complete two PEAK elements: a practice evaluation and a professional practice module.
If you are not practising and have a licence status of “Permitted to practise,” you must complete all three PEAK elements: a practice evaluation, a professional practice module and a CPD report.
What are my PEAK requirements if I am practising?
If you are practising, you must complete all three PEAK elements: a practice evaluation, a professional practice module and a CPD report.
What licence and practice statuses do I need to be eligible for a PEO Consulting Engineer designation?
You must have both a licence status of “Permitted to practise” and practice status of “Practising” to be eligible for a PEO Consulting Engineer designation.
What licence and practice statuses do I need to be eligible as a designated person for a PEO certificate of authorization?
You must have both a licence status of “Permitted to practise” and practice status of “Practising” to be eligible to be a designated licence holder for a PEO certificate of authorization.
If I am not practising, can I still use the licence seal to stamp engineering documents?
No, if you are not practising—either because you self-declared as “Not practising” or your licence is suspended—you are not permitted to use the licence seal. You should only use the licence seal to stamp engineering documents when you are practising and confirming your responsibility for the work.
If I am not practising, can I still use the P.Eng. title?
Yes, you can use the P.Eng. title when you hold a P.Eng. licence; but you cannot use the P.Eng. title while your licence is suspended.
What is my Practice Status?
Your practice status reflects whether you are currently engaged in the practice of professional engineering in Ontario. Two practice status options are available: “Practising” and “Not Practising.” Practice statuses are displayed in your private PEO portal account.
What is my Licence Status?
Your licence status reflects whether PEO allows you to practise professional engineering, and there are two licence status options available: “Permitted to practise” and “Not permitted to practise.” Licence statuses are displayed on the public-facing PEO directory.
What is the practice of professional engineering?
The Professional Engineers Act describes the practice of professional engineering as: “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.” If your work—paid or unpaid—involves any of these elements, you are practising professional engineering.