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Communications Infrastructure Engineering (CIE)

Communications Infrastructure Engineering is a specialized discipline within the practice of professional engineering defined at a high level as the systems-level design, implementation, management, analysis, and audit of assured or trusted communications networks. PEO Council recognized CIE as a discipline of engineering for licensing purposes in September 2010.

Practitioners in the field of communications infrastructure engineering may be eligible to apply at no cost to be licensed as a professional engineer (P.Eng.) or a limited engineering licensee (LEL) if they apply before the end of 2016.

Are you practising CIE?

To decide whether you are practising CIE and might be eligible for licensing, please review the CIE core body of knowledge and scope of practice.

How to Apply

Apply by completing the application for either a professional engineer licence or a limited licence, print the completed application, sign it, attach all required documents and mail it to PEO before the end of 2016. Please indicate on the front page of the application that you are seeking licensure in Communications Infrastructure Engineering.

Professional Practice Exam

All applicants for licensing must pass PEO’s professional practice exam (PPE) on engineering law, ethics and professional practice.

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On September 24, 2010, PEO Council approved the Phase 1 report of the Communications Infrastructure Engineering subgroup of the Emerging Disciplines Task Force. This report defined the discipline of Communications Infrastructure Engineering and identified the public safety risks arising from CIE, applicable legislation and technical standards. It also presented a draft Core Body of Knowledge for ethical CIE practice, along with specific academic and experience requirements for licensure.

On September 23, 2011, Council approved a position statement on CIE, which identified its scope of practice.

On November 22, 2013, Council received the Executive Summary of the CIE Phase II report, which concentrates on the actions needed for PEO to regulate CIE effectively.

On March 11, 2016, Council directed that PEO make a concerted effort during 2016 to reach out to and license CIE practitioners by adding CIE licensure to PEO’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.