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Licensing Process Timelines and Cost

The current licensing process is applicant-driven and the length of the registration process is dependent upon the number of requirements satisfied by the applicant prior to applying. If applicants have satisfied the academic requirements and the 48 months of engineering experience at the time of their application, they may write the Professional Practice Examination. However, if applicants have not satisfied the academic requirements prior to their application, it normally takes the Academic Requirement Committee six to 10 weeks to complete the initial academic assessments after receipt of the supporting documents from the applicant.

The Professional Engineers Act allows the applicant up to eight years to write technical exams, depending upon how and when the applicant chooses to write the exams to fulfill the academic and engineering experience requirements. Technical exams are offered twice each year and applicants may write in any of the 50 centres located throughout Canada. Applicants may also contact PEO for arrangements to write exams outside Canada. Results of exams are sent via regular mail within 45 business days from the date of the last exam sitting. Scheduling of experiential knowledge interviews with the Experience Requirements Committee may take between 12 – 16 weeks depending on the specific work experience of the applicant.

The registration process may take longer if the referees do not submit their forms to PEO in a timely manner or if the applicant is a recent graduate who has yet to gain the required engineering experience in quantity and quality.

After satisfying the academic requirements, applicants are allowed up to two years to write the Professional Practice Examination, but currently there is no time limit for an applicant to satisfy the engineering experience requirements. The Professional Practice Examination is offered three times per year and applicants may write in any of the 50 centres located throughout Canada. Applicants may also contact PEO for arrangements to write the exam outside Canada. Results of exams are sent via regular mail within 45 business days from the date of the last exam sitting.

The final experience assessment review may take 20 weeks after receipt of the experience summary and completed referee’s questionnaires. Please note that additional time may be necessary should further information or an interview with the ERC be required.

Applicants who have satisfied all the licensure requirements still have to be approved by the Registrar, and once they have been approved and have paid the applicable registration fees, they become licensed as professional engineers.

Costs to Become Licensed

  • Application fee of $300 + HST (total $339.00), which must be submitted with the Application for Licence form.
  • Professional Practice Examination fee of $165, which must be submitted with the Application to Write the PPE that PEO sends to applicants.
  • Where applicable, technical examination candidates are required to pay: a one-time administration and first examination fee of $580; $165 for each subsequent examination; and $300 for submission of a thesis.
  • Final registration/licensing fee of $250 + HST (total $282.50). Applicants will be invoiced for this fee upon licensing.
  • To remain licensed, license holders are required to pay annual dues, which are $220 + HST (total $248.60).

Note: All costs are non-refundable. Applicants may pay by cheque or money order but exam fees may also be paid online.