Become a Professional Engineer

In Canada, the professional engineer (P.Eng.) designation represents the highest standards of engineering knowledge, experience and professionalism in the country.

Individuals may only call themselves a professional engineer, or a P.Eng., if they possess a P.Eng. licence from the Canadian province or territory in which they reside. To become a P.Eng. in Ontario, the person must be licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

 

Requirements for Licensure

To be granted a P.Eng. licence, the applicant must:

  1. be at least 18 years old.
  2. be of good character.
  3. meet the academic requirement 
  4. pass the Professional Practice Exam 
  5. satisfy the experience requirements 

 

P.Eng. Application Process

PEO’s P.Eng. application process has four sequential stages. The order of the stages is meeting the academic requirement, passing the Professional Practice Exam, satisfying the experience requirement, and then the licence review and approval.

During the application process, the applicant will be assigned deadlines to meet PEO’s requirements and submit additional information as required. If the deadlines are not met, the application will be closed. If the P.Eng. application is closed and that applicant is registered in the Engineering Intern (EIT) Program, their EIT membership will be terminated.

 

Academic requirements: CEAB vs non-CEAB program graduates

The P.Eng. application process is determined by whether the applicant has met PEO’s academic requirement.

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree in engineering from a Canadian university program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) will meet the academic requirement.

Click here to see if your bachelor’s degree in engineering is CEAB-accredited.

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree in engineering from a program that is not a CEAB-accredited engineering (non-CEAB) program will have their academics assessed against the Canadian Engineering Qualification Board criteria to determine whether the applicant meets PEO’s academic requirement under their engineering program.

Click here for more information about non-CEAB academics assessment (Technical Exam program).

Graduates of a CEAB-accredited engineering program

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree in engineering from a Canadian university program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) will meet the academic requirement.

Graduates of a non-CEAB-accredited engineering program

Non-CEAB engineering graduates will have their academic background assessed by PEO to determine whether it is equivalent to the established standards.

 

Financial Credit Program

Eligible Financial Credit Program participants can have their application fee credited once they have been approved for a licence.

Engineering Intern Program

PEO’s Engineering Intern (EIT) program provides guidance and assistance to engineering graduates as they acquire the 48 months of acceptable engineering work experience.