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Ontario professional engineers are part of a community of more than 87,500 PEO licence and certificate holders committed to enhancing the quality of life, safety and well-being in the province.


The PEO Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) gives the opportunity for experienced licensed professionals to transfer their skills and knowledge to aspiring EITs pursuing their engineering licence.


As the regulator of engineering in Ontario, it’s PEO’s role to assure the public that licensed practitioners are competent to practise in their chosen discipline, and that they are taking responsibility for the outcomes of their work.


As Ontario’s engineering regulator, PEO relies heavily on its volunteers. More than 1,000 professional engineers, engineering interns and non-engineers volunteer their time each year on behalf of the association through their participation.


PEO's mandate, as described in the Professional Engineers Act, is to ensure that the public is protected and that individuals and companies providing engineering services uphold a strict code of professional ethics and conduct.


PEO licence holders and EITs can visit the profile section of the Member Portal to review and update, if necessary, the directory information.


Frequently Asked Questions

The continuing knowledge declaration element is a reporting component. Here, practising licence holders are asked to report their continuing knowledge development to PEO using a simple online form. Non-practising licence holders are exempt from this element of the PEAK program, but are not discouraged from engaging in continuing knowledge development.

Licence holders are empowered to create their own learning plans that focus on technical engineering learning relevant to their practice areas. They are encouraged to define learning plans that leverage readily available content which is most convenient for them to access and delivered by any reputable global source of relevant learning material.

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PEO describes a “continuing knowledge activity” as any learning activity that reinforces or supplements a licence holder’s engineering knowledge and competence. PEO describes a “professional practice activity” as any professional practice activity that involves the application of a licence holder’s existing engineering knowledge to their professional engineering activities for work, volunteer or pro bono projects. PEO does not recognize professional practice activities for continuing knowledge declarations (reports) for the PEAK program. 

PEAK describes three learning categories for continuing knowledge activities: formal education, informal education and contributions to knowledge. When licence holders submit their continuing knowledge reports, PEO asks them to indicate the category associated with the continuing knowledge activity being reported.

  1. The "formal education" category describes learning that involves the licence holder acquiring engineering knowledge. Here, the licence holder must be evaluated and pass requirements to confirm the practitioner’s understanding of the content. Examples include attending courses and certification programs.
     
  2. The "informal education" category describes learning that involves the licence holder acquiring engineering knowledge, but not evaluated to confirm understanding of the content. Examples include conducting self-directed study; reviewing technical documents; being mentored on technical knowledge; and attending seminars/webinars, workshops and technical engineering tours.
     
  3. The "contributions to knowledge" category describes learning that involves the licence holder disseminating and sharing technical engineering knowledge to the engineering community. Examples include developing engineering best practices for employers, regulators and technical bodies; presenting technical engineering content and best practices; and publishing technical engineering information in university publications, technical journals and engineering-related media.

Here is an infographic showing examples of activities that count towards your continuing knowledge hours: 

Table providing examples of activities that do not count towards continuing knowledge activities. Long description available at the link provided.

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The current version of the PEAK program does not require the submission of proof of completion of a learning activity; however, feel free to retain copies of such proofs for your other continuing knowledge planning and reporting needs. 

PEO asks licence holders to report the time spent on continuing knowledge activities in 15-minute increments on their continuing knowledge declaration forms.

Licence holders who already complete learning activities for other programs—by employers, other regulators or technical associations—that align with the PEO description for continuing knowledge activities could consider reporting those learning activities for the PEAK program. 

PEO encourages and empowers licence holders to identify and pursue learning activities with content that licence holders deem to be relevant and sufficiently technical for their continuing professional development needs, as well as being suitably accessible to them. 

PEO does not prescribe, review, validate, or accredit continuing knowledge activities and the content. PEO does not prescribe, review, pre-approve, prequalify, or endorse providers of continuing knowledge activities. 

Activities count towards your continuing knowledge hours when they are learning sessions with technical knowledge that maintain or update your competence in engineering. Activities dealing with other professional development skills—such as communications, project management, scheduling, leadership, equity, business management—generally do not count towards your continuing knowledge hours. 

However, PEO recognizes learning sessions with content on the “management of engineering activities” as continuing knowledge activities when those activities reinforce or supplement knowledge of how to appropriately manage acts of professional engineering in a competent and professional manner. These activities would involve an understanding of the requirements for carrying out acts of professional engineering as per PEO guidelines and the Professional Engineers Act for Ontario. Managing engineering activities requires knowledge of the responsibilities of professional engineers, an understanding of codes and standards, and knowledge of best practices in engineering activities to properly allocate licence holders with appropriate skills.