Practice Evaluation and Knowledge Program

PEO’s PEAK program is designed to improve the regulator's data about practitioners’ engineering practice profiles while encouraging individualized continuing knowledge development.

Introduction to the PEAK program

The Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program is designed to better inform PEO on the engineering practice profiles of its licence holders while encouraging individualized continuing knowledge development. The program also helps meet the public’s ever-increasing demand for accountability from PEO by:

  • Providing PEO with an accurate and up-to-date regulatory profile of its licence holders;
  • Reacquainting licence holders with their ethical, legal and professional duties;
  • Encouraging individual continuing knowledge development; and
  • Publishing the practice status declaration and PEAK program completion status for all PEO licence holders as a matter of public interest.

The PEAK program lets PEO measure how practising licence holders conduct their practice activities and whether they pursue continuing education. It also provides the public, PEO’s largest and most important stakeholder, a way to verify whether a practising licence holder pursues continuing education to maintain or enhance their competence and reports such education to PEO.

PEO expects its licence holders—professional engineers and limited licence holders—to voluntarily participate in the PEAK program every year as part of their licence renewal process.

Accessing the PEAK program

PEO licence holders must login to the PEO member portal to access elements of the PEAK program. To do so, please login by clicking the button at right or visit PEO’s website at www.peo.on.ca, click on the Member Portal Login link at top right and login using your PEO licence number and password. Upon entering the member portal, click on the PEAK tab at top right and select the PEAK questionnaire option to begin the process.

WHO WHAT WHERE

PEO licence holders

(only professional engineers and
limited licence holders)

Declare your practising status.

Complete or update your PEAK program elements.

PEO portal
The public View the practice status declaration and PEAK program completion status for a PEO licence holder. PEO directory


New portal users: If this is your first time logging in to PEO’s member portal, create a new user name and password by clicking "Register Now". For assistance, contact PEO's document management centre at documentcentre@peo.on.ca, (416) 224-1100 or (800) 339-3716.

 

PEO recommends professional engineers and limited licence holders complete their PEAK program elements every year, starting when they receive their licence renewal notice. All elements of the program can be accessed through the PEAK tab on the PEO Portal (after logging in).

Participating in the program is not mandatory to maintain or renew a PEO licence; however, completion statuses are posted on PEO’s directory and non-participation by the due dates assigned to the licence holder will be reflected publicly as “Incomplete.” Updates to the completion status for each element of the PEAK program are reflected on the directory for the next business day.

The PEAK program consists of the following three elements:

1.      An online practice evaluation (practice declaration and questionnaire)
2.      An online ethics module (video)
3.      An online continuing knowledge declaration (reporting form)

Licence holders are expected to spend about one hour of contact time with the PEAK program every year. All three elements of the PEAK program apply to practising PEO licence holders—the practice evaluation, ethics module and continuing knowledge declaration. Only two elements apply to non-practising PEO licence holders—the practice evaluation and the ethics module.

Engineering interns (EITs) and provisional and temporary licence holders are not asked to complete the PEAK program but should familiarize themselves with it for when they become licensed as a professional engineer or limited licence holder.

 

how to participate

Practising licence holders are expected to begin the program every year upon receipt of their licence renewal notice. PEO recommends that licence holders complete all applicable elements of the PEAK program every year.

  • Practice evaluation—All licence holders are asked to declare their practising status. Those who identify as practising are asked to complete a practice evaluation questionnaire before their licence renewal date. The practice declaration and questionnaire are found under the PEAK tab in the PEO portal.
    • A PEO licence holder is practising engineering when they satisfy the definition as described in the Professional Engineers Act and their professional practice activities—including work, volunteer and pro bono projects—are carried out or provided to parties in Ontario.
    • The practice evaluation questionnaire is composed of a series of short questions on their engineering practice environment.
  • Ethics module—The ethics module is an interactive video to help reacquaint licence holders with their ethical and professional obligations as described in the Professional Engineers Act. The content covers a variety of subjects including: the regulatory role of PEO, a review of the legal and ethical obligations of licensure, professional misconduct, and the licence holder’s duty to report. The module also reminds licence holders on how these obligations should be applied to real-life situations. It is not a test and does not require any preparations or study before completing it. PEO recommends that licence holders (practising and non-practising alike, including retirees) watch the PEAK ethics module every year when they receive their licence renewal notice, and before their renewal date. The module can be accessed under the PEAK tab in the PEO portal.
     
  • Continuing knowledge declaration—Based on their responses to the practice evaluation questionnaire, practising licence holders receive a recommended number of hours for continuing knowledge activities (up to 30 hours) to complete during the forthcoming licence year. Practising licence holders can create their own learning plan that focuses only on technical activities relevant to their scopes of practice. By the end of the licence year, practising licence holders should report to PEO the continuing knowledge activities they completed using the online reporting tool under the PEAK tab in the PEO portal. Information on the categories of continuing knowledge activities is available on the FAQ page.

Non-practising licence holders should begin the program every year upon receipt of their licence renewal notice through the PEO portal. PEO recommends that licence holders complete all applicable elements of the PEAK program every year.

  • Practice evaluation— All licence holders are asked to declare their practising status. For those who identify as non-practising, the practice evaluation questionnaire is replaced with a declaration that, at present, the licence holder is not practising professional engineering in or for parties in Ontario, and a brief survey that helps PEO learn why they are not currently practising. This declaration should be completed before their licence renewal date.

    Non-practising licence holders retain permission to practise engineering in Ontario, except for those with fee remission status, who retain their licence but are not allowed to practise engineering until they conclude remission status. Non-practising licence holders who return to practice should update their practice status declaration and complete the PEAK program as a practising licence holder.
     
  • Ethics module—The ethics module is an interactive video to help reacquaint licence holders with their ethical and professional obligations as described in the Professional Engineers Act. The content covers a variety of subjects including: the regulatory role of PEO, a review of the legal and ethical obligations of licensure, professional misconduct, and the licence holder’s duty to report. The module also reminds licence holders on how these obligations should be applied to real-life situations. It is not a test and does not require any preparations or study before completing it. PEO recommends that licence holders (practising and non-practising alike, including retirees) watch the PEAK ethics module every year when they receive their licence renewal notice, and before their renewal date. The module can be accessed under the PEAK tab in the PEO portal.
     
  • Continuing knowledge declarationNon-practising licence holders are exempt from the continuing knowledge activities portion of the PEAK program.

Receipt of renewal notice

  • Every year, licence holders can begin the program upon receipt of their licence renewal notice, up to 2 months before their licence renewal date.

Licence renewal date

  • Every year, licence holders are asked to declare their practising status and complete a practice evaluation questionnaire (practising licence holders only) before their licence renewal date.
  • Every year, practising and non-practising licence holders should complete the ethics module before their licence renewal date.

End of licence year

  • By the end of every licence year, practising licence holders should report to PEO the continuing knowledge activities they completed during the year using the online reporting tool under the PEAK tab in the member portal.

Due dates

timeline

 

Resources

Contact us about PEAK program

peopeak@peo.on.ca

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

40 Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M2N 6K9

1.800.339.3716