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 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.
What if my validator declines to validate?
Candidates are required to assign a new validator for the competencies that were originally assigned to the validator who declined.
Am I required to submit Canadian experience?
No, PEO is no longer evaluating for Canadian experience.
Do all my validators have to be from my workplace?
Although this is ideal, the validators do not necessarily need to be from the same place of employment. As long as the validators are sufficiently familiar with the candidate’s engineering work experience and can confidently rate the assigned competencies, that should suffice.
Does my validator need to be from the same discipline that I perform work in?
Ideally yes, but not necessarily. If the validator(s) can attest to your competencies and is familiar with your work, they may be an eligible validator. PEO reserves the right to determine the acceptability of validators.
I am familiar with a candidate’s work but did not take technical responsibility for their work. Am I an eligible validator?
Yes, as long as validators are sufficiently familiar with the candidate’s work and can confidently rate the competencies.