Step 1: Academic Requirement
Applicants who graduated from a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) have satisfied the first step of the licensing process – the academic requirement.
CEAB applicants must have their postsecondary institution mail their bachelor’s transcript with the conferral date to PEO directly.
Upon PEO’s confirmation that the CEAB applicant has met the academic requirement, the applicant will advance to step 2 - writing the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE).
Step 2: National Professional Practice Exam
The next step is the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE). This is a 3-hour, closed-book on-line exam that covers ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability. All applicants must pass the NPPE within two years of being assessed as meeting the academic requirement for licensing.
Upon the successful completion of the NPPE, the applicant will be required to provide additional information in regards to the experience requirement.
Step 3: Experience Requirement
All applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 48 months of acceptable, verifiable post-bachelor’s engineering experience of which at least 12 months must be in a Canadian jurisdiction under the supervision of a licensed Canadian professional engineer.
PEO assesses engineering experience against five, quality-based criteria: application of theory, practical experience, management of engineering, communication skills, and awareness of the social implications of engineering.
For the experience assessment, applicants will be required to submit their experience summary page, referee list, and experience record(s). If additional information is required, PEO will contact the applicant directly.
During the experience assessment, applicants may be referred to the Experience Requirements Committee (ERC) for an assessment. This ERC interview assesses the applicant’s competency to practise through demonstration of the five criteria.
Applicants may be eligible for credit(s) towards their engineering experience. For information on the experience credits, please see the Experience Guide.
Upon satisfying the experience requirement, the applicant will move to step 4 – licence review and approval.
Step 4: Licence Review and Approval
Once the applicant has satisfied all the requirements for licensing, the Registrar will review and give approval for the P.Eng. licence to be granted. After their P.Eng. licensing and annual fees are paid and processed, the applicant is licensed as a professional engineer.
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