Consultation Survey on PEO's Mandatory CPD Program

The survey on the framework for PEO’s new mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) program is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

In January 2023, PEO is implementing a mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) program based on our current, voluntary Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program that started on March 31, 2017.

Upcoming regulations will require all PEO licence holders (both practising and non-practising) to comply with the program from January 2023. For each year of the new mandatory program, all licence holders will self-declare their practice status and complete a refresher learning module about their professional practice and ethical obligations. Additionally, practising licence holders will complete a self-assessment of their professional practice risks to determine their personalized target for CPD for the year, and report the CPD activities they completed for the year.

A mandatory CPD program is being implemented to: 

  • Bring PEO in line with the best practices of other professional regulators, including other engineering regulators, which have a mandate to protect the public, in part by ensuring that practitioners maintain and strengthen their ethical and practical competence throughout their careers;
  • Foster public confidence in the profession;
  • Conform with recent recommendations from several key government-related stakeholders, including the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry and the inquiry into the fatal 2012 Radiohead concert stage collapse; and
  • Meet regulatory expectations that have been communicated by the Attorney General of Ontario, who is the minister with responsibility for PEO and the Professional Engineers Act.

PEO conducted a public consultation between Tuesday April 12, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. ET and Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET through an online survey.

The brief survey was intended to promote awareness of the impending mandatory program and generate a benchmark on how the program is perceived by our key stakeholders, including licence holders, those in the greater engineering community and the public. Participants can also provide input on the guiding principles for the new program. Further consultations about CPD will be developed over the coming months and will continue to be implemented once the program becomes mandatory in 2023. This will help ensure that the program is continuously improved and is responsive to input from a variety of sources, in order to meet the needs of licence holders while serving the public interest.

For more information on this exercise, please contact