Become a P.Eng. / Requirements for Licensure
To apply for a licence, download and complete the Licensing Guide and Application for Licence
For an overview of the application process, see the How to become a Professional Engineer in Ontario presentation.
- Do I need a Licence?
- Requirements for Licensure
- Engineering Intern Program
- Financial Credit Program
- International Engineering Graduates
- Translation or Certification Statements
- P.Eng. from another Province
- Related Documents
Are you practising professional engineering?
Under the Professional Engineers Act, the “practice of professional engineering” means “any act of planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising that requires the application of engineering principles and concerns the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment, or the managing of any such act”.
To determine whether you are practising professional engineering, ask yourself three questions:
- Are you planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising, or managing any of these acts?
- Are engineering principles required to carry out the act?
- Does the act concern the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment?
If you can answer yes to all three questions, you are practising professional engineering and require a licence from PEO.
As a licence holder in the province, Ontario P.Engs are part of a community of more than 80,000 professionals committed to enhancing the quality of life, safety and well-being of all Ontarians.
To be granted a licence to practise professional engineering in Ontario, an applicant must:
- be at least 18 years old;
- be of good character;
- meet PEO's stipulated academic requirements for licensure (hold an undergraduate engineering degree from a Canadian Engineering Accreditation board (CEAB)-accredited program, or possess equivalent qualifications), and, if required, successfully complete any technical exams.
- fulfill the engineering work experience requirements (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); and
- successfully complete PEO’s Professional Practice Examination (PPE).
Applicants may also register for PEO's Engineering Intern (EIT) program, which 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.
Both international and Canadian engineering graduates may be eligible to apply for their Ontario engineering licence at no cost through PEO's Financial Credit Program.
International Engineering Graduate applicants are not required to be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, making it easier for those from outside of Canada to apply for and obtain a licence.
Professional engineers may use the statements found in the following document if they wish to certify that they have translated or reviewed translated documents or certified academic documents for P.Eng. applicants:
- Professional engineers should sign, date, and provide their P.Eng. licence number on each page of the document. PEO stamps should not be used on non-engineering documents (academic documents are not considered engineering documents).
- For degrees obtained from universities in Canada or the United States, the transcripts must come to PEO directly from the universities or in a sealed university envelope. Photocopies, faxed, emailed or student-issued transcripts will not be accepted.
If you already hold a P.Eng. licence from another Canadian engineering association/order, a national mobility agreement between all the provinces and territories allows you to move between provinces and territories without having to repeat the entire licensing process. PEO applicants who are licensed as professional engineers in good standing in another Canadian engineering association/ordre are not required to submit transcripts or write PEO’s Professional Practice Examination.
Applicants who have disabilities that require accommodation are advised to contact a staff representative. They will have their needs assessed on a case-by-case basis and every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate them.
- PEO’s Licensing Guide and Application for Licence
- How to become a Professional Engineer in Ontario
- Guide to the Required Experience for Licensing as a Professional Engineer in Ontario
- Your Rights and Obligations as an Applicant
- Guide–Do I need a licence?
- Application checklist for graduates of Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)-accredited programs
- Application checklist for applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree from a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)-accredited program
- Translation or Certification Statements by Professional Engineers