More detailed answers to common questions can be found in the Licensing FAQ.
When should I apply for my P.Eng. licence?
What are the licensing requirements?
What is the Professional Practice Examination?
Fulfilling the Work Experience Requirements
What is the engineering intern (EIT) program?
As soon as you graduate!
If you apply for your licence within the six months of graduation, PEO will waive your licence application fee, as well as the cost of your first year membership in the Engineering Intern Training (EIT) program (see below for program details). Applying early can result in savings of approximately $400 through PEO’s Financial Credit Program (FCP). If you’ve graduated within the last 6 months and are eligible for the FCP, make sure to apply online, not by submitting a hard copy of the Application for Licence.
To prepare yourself to apply for your P.Eng. licence, please see the following checklists:
- Checklist for graduates of Canadian engineering accredited programs
- Checklist for graduates of an engineering program outside of Canada (or a non-accredited engineering program)
To be granted a licence to practise professional engineering, the applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Be of good character;
- Hold an undergraduate engineering degree from a Canadian Engineering Accreditation board (CEAB)-accredited program, or possess equivalent qualifications
- Successfully complete PEO’s Professional Practice Examination (PPE); and
- Demonstrate at least 48 months of verifiable, acceptable engineering experience, at least 12 months of which must be acquired in a Canadian jurisdiction under a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng).
The PPE is a three-hour closed-book exam on ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability. The PPE is typically written after an applicant has acquired at least one year of post-graduate experience. It is held three times a year (in April, August and December) in major centres across the province. Two textbooks are recommended – one focuses on the ethical aspects of engineering practice, the other on the legal issues. For more information on these texts, refer to the PPE webpage on PEO’s website.
Click here for an overview of PEO’s Engineering Work Experience Requirements.
PEO evaluates each applicant’s 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
To become licensed, an applicant must demonstrate a minimum of 48 months of verifiable, acceptable engineering experience gained after completion of their undergraduate engineering degree.
There are, however, a few other ways to fulfill part of the experience requirement:
- Pre-graduation experience: Up to 12 months of pre-graduation experience may count towards the 48 months of required experience, if it is relevant to the overall practice after graduation, and if it is obtained after the midpoint of the undergraduate engineering program.
- Successfully receiving a postgraduate degree: Credit may be granted for the equivalent of 12 months of experience toward the 48-month requirement if the postgraduate degree (MASc, PhD, etc.) is in the same discipline as the undergraduate degree.
- Applied research thesis work conducted within the framework of postgraduate degree requirements, if such work is sponsored or used by industry. The total of this applied research-related credit plus the 12 months’ credit related to the award of the postgraduate degree cannot exceed the total time spent to complete the postgraduate degree requirements.
In all cases, at least 12 months of the total 48 months of required experience must be in a Canadian jurisdiction under a licensed professional engineer. This experience must be in addition to any pre-graduation experience and/or the 12 months’ credit for successfully receiving a post-graduate degree. However, a credit related to the applied research portion of the post-graduate degree can be used to help meet the requirement for engineering work experience in a Canadian jurisdiction.
The EIT program provides guidance and assistance to engineering graduates as they acquire the 48 months of acceptable engineering work experience, including annual reviews of experience to ensure that an applicant is “on the right track” for licensing.
Benefits of the EIT program include:
- The opportunity to receive detailed, confidential, annual work experience reviews;
- Access to Engineering Dimensions, the association’s official journal;
- Opportunities to attend EIT seminars at PEO’s office or through sponsoring chapters;
- The opportunity to join a PEO chapter and attend chapter meetings;
- Email notices of events or items of interest pertaining to your development into a licensed engineer;
- Access to the Members’ Only section of PEO’s website and the opportunity to participate in online discussions with other PEO members through the Forum;
- The opportunity to join the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and participate in their member-only services, such as insurance and investment plans.
As well, becoming an EIT demonstrates to employers that an applicant is serious about being licensed as a professional engineer.
To enroll in the EIT program, you must be an applicant for licensure – meaning you have met the academic requirements of licensure (e.g. graduated from a CEAB-accredited program). You can apply as soon as you graduate by filling out an application for licensure form. If you apply within the first six months of graduation, PEO will waive the licence application fee and your first year of EIT program fees through our Financial Credit Program, saving you approximately $400.