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
Does my validator have to be a P.Eng?
For engineering work experience gained in Canada, the validator must be a professional engineer (P.Eng.) who was registered during the work period they are validating. For experience gained outside of Canada, it is expected that they will be a senior engineering practitioner.
It is preferred that any validator who is not a P.Eng. and is validating international experience, be a senior engineering practitioner and licensed as an engineer in their jurisdiction. PEO may request information to support their engineering qualifications, which may include proof of academic and engineering credentials, and professional designation during the assessment process.
In the CBA applicant's guide, it states that a validator is not usually a family member. I was working in a family-owned company, and my supervisor was a relative (and an engineer). How should I proceed with my application?
We are updating the CBA for clarity on this particular point to note that a family member working with a candidate can be a validator.
Should an applicant and validator review CBA ratings together before submission to PEO?
Validators should rate competencies in confidence to PEO. Candidate self-assessments and validator ratings are to be submitted to PEO independently.
Can I start filling in the CBA form while I am acquiring work experience?
Technically, yes. However, you won’t be able to submit an application until you have completed a CBA with at least 48 months of engineering experience.
For the CBA’s Canadian environment competencies, how do I demonstrate these competencies if I don’t have Canadian experience?
Canadian Environment competencies may be obtained abroad. For example, a candidate working for Shell Oil in Nigeria may be using the same American Petroleum Institute (API) engineering standards used in Norway, United States or Windsor, Ontario.
Does industrially sponsored research work count towards the required 48 months experience (similar to the previous application method?)
A candidate can submit industry sponsored research under the CBA.
How do applicants complete a competency-based assessement (CBA) starting July 1, 2023?
Can I expedite my application?
Please note that we only consider requests to expedite when applicants provided us with a letter signed by the employer, or potential employer, indicating that:
1. The P.Eng designation is needed for the applicant to perform certain duties in their current work; or
2. The P.Eng designation is a condition of a job offer and is a limiting factor for the applicant to be hired.
I completed pre-graduation experience; can I apply it towards my 48 months of experience?
Applicants may use up to 12 months of experience acquired prior to the completion of their undergraduate degree towards the minimum 48-month requirement. Applicants can include this pre-graduation experience in the experience summary, being careful to select the pre-graduation option. The start date of this pre-graduation experience must not exceed two years prior to the degree conferral date.
I completed a Master’s/Ph.D., can this be applied to my 48 months of engineering experience?
The competency-based assessment (CBA) framework does not allow for post-graduate studies’ academic credits to be applied towards the experience requirement. However, a candidate or applicant can include post-graduate research or work experience in their CBA as long as they have a qualified validator.