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
Why does work experience require a validator?
Validation assists in assuring to PEO that the licensing requirements set out in the Act and the regulations have been satisfied. Validation does not constitute a review of the applicant’s work experience, in Canada or internationally—it simply confirms that it was acquired.
What is the role of the validator?
A validator assesses and rates the applicant’s work experience. A validator must have direct, first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s work and must have provided suitable professional supervision of the applicant throughout the work period being validated and have taken technical responsibility for the applicant’s work. The validator may have a title other than supervisor and may be a manager, mentor, client or colleague.
What is the maximum/minimum number of validators required for an application?
There is no maximum number of validators. The minimum required is one.
Do I need to obtain engineering work experience before I can apply?
Yes. Under the new licence process that came into effect on May 15, 2023, all applicants must demonstrate both the academic and experience requirements before applying. All applicants must have a minimum of 48 months of acceptable engineering work experience, which must be demonstrated at the time of application through PEO’s competency-based assessment (CBA).
I was a pre-May 15th legacy applicant, but my past application was recently closed due to a missed deadline. Am I eligible to re-apply?
You may be eligible to re-apply. Please follow the instructions on our website, and any requirements you have satisfied from a past application will carry forward to the new application. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at email@example.com and provide your PEO #.
I am a legacy applicant who has satisfied the academic and NPPE requirements. I have recently accumulated 48 months of engineering experience. How do I submit my CBA experience information for assessment?
As a pre-May 15th legacy applicant, am I eligible to register for PEO’s optional Engineering Intern (EIT) program?
So long as you meet any assigned deadlines on your P.Eng. application, you are eligible to enrol in the EIT program. In order to do so, please submit your EIT request to firstname.lastname@example.org for review and processing. After the EIT annual fee is paid and processed, your EIT membership will become active.
How does PEO prioritize the processing of legacy vs new process applications?
We have two separate dedicated teams focused for each process without any favoritism towards any one process.
I am a pre-May 15, 2023 licence applicant. Am I still required to demonstrate one year of Canadian experience? Or should I re-apply via the new process which does not require Canadian experience?
I applied for a licence before the May 15, 2023 new application process took effect. What happens to my application now?
If you applied for a licence before May 15, 2023, you would continue the same licensure path that was in place at the time you applied. However, you will be invited by PEO to the new application process depending on the stage of your application. For example, current applicants who benefit from the new rules, such as the removal of the Canadian experience, will receive a message from PEO if all they were missing was the one year of Canadian experience.