Prospective Applicants FAQ

Technical Exams

No. Candidates can choose any exam available from any discipline. Select two from A, one from B, one Complimentary Studies.

Candidates can change selected technical exams before registration takes place. Once registered for exams, no changes are possible and exams are non-refundable.

If the exams which candidates plan to write at the upcoming sitting are not listed on the portal, they may contact [email protected] and the exam may be made available at the following sitting. Please find the full list of exams here.

Candidates have unlimited attempts to pass technical exams until they pass the required number of technical exams to apply for a licence.

Candidates should mark the ‘Academics’ section as “Complete” via the application portal.

You will receive an email indicating the result of each exam.

Exams are offered twice a year.

 

Registration for the Spring/Summer session opens in January.

Registration for the Fall/Winter session opens in July.

How candidates choose to prepare for technical exams (i.e., self-study, take a course or find a tutor) is their decision to make. Candidates may refer to the Recommended Textbooks by Discipline.  

Yes. Technical exams are written online. Candidates may write technical exams outside of Canada, as long as they have high-speed internet and a webcam.

National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE)

Yes, candidates must complete a licence application to register for the NPPE.

Yes. Applicants must take the NPPE by the date PEO specifies. This deadline ensures an application can be processed within 180 days, including exam-processing time.  

Applicants can take the NPPE after PEO confirms their application is complete. After the applicant receives notification from PEO confirming their application is complete, including instructions for writing the exam and the date before which they must take it, the NPPE registration tab will appear on the application homepage. Applicants can use the registration tab to register for an upcoming exam within the current registration window.

The NPPE sitting schedule is available on the application portal and PEO’s website.

There are five exam sittings per year. Please check the NPPE webpage for the schedule of upcoming sittings. 

No. The results from the previous application will be transferred/valid to the new application.

Applicants can take the NPPE after PEO confirms their application is complete. After the applicant receives notification from PEO confirming their application is complete, including instructions for writing the exam and the date before which they must take it, the NPPE registration tab will appear on the application homepage. Applicants can use the registration tab to register for an upcoming exam within the current registration window.

NOTE that applicants must take the NPPE by the date PEO specifies. This deadline ensures an application can be processed within 180 days, including exam-processing time. 

Candidates who register to write the NPPE should receive a booking confirmation email from Meazure Learning (formerly Yardstick) with their exam date and time approximately three to four weeks from the scheduled NPPE date. 

Please get in touch with Meazure Learning at [email protected] if you have not received this confirmation within three weeks of the scheduled NPPE date.

Read about the NPPE syllabus.

Three textbooks and several free resources are recommended as study materials to prepare for the NPPE:

Read about recommended study materials.

Several practice tests are available to help you prepare for the NPPE. These practice test questions are taken from previously held NPPE exams.

The practice test site has an NPPE preparation package available for purchase:

Order practice tests

Order an NPPE preparation package

The NPPE is a 2.5 hour, closed-book, online exam on ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability. The exam has 110 multiple-choice questions based on six subject areas.

Academic Requirements

Your degree program will need to be on PEO’s Academic Equivalency List to be eligible for application.

Yes. PEO does not accept previously obtained WES documents or WES documents sent directly from candidates. PEO requires the WES Course-by-Course report to be submitted as part of the application. Click here for more information.

No. Under the new application process, PEO only accepts WES course-by-course evaluation reports.

Candidates from bachelor of engineering programs that aren’t listed on PEO’s Recognized Programs List could request further verification of their academic qualifications through the PEO Application Portal. Or, you may choose to apply for a limited licence.

PEO does not accept licence transfers from the USA.

No. The academic requirement to apply for a P.Eng. licence is a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) or a bachelor's degree that meets PEO's acceptance criteria plus successful completion of a technical examination program.

PEO’s academic requirement for a P.Eng. is a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) or a bachelor's degree that meets PEO's acceptance criteria plus successful completion of a technical examination program. If you do not meet this requirement, a limited licence is an option if you meet the submission requirements for this type of licence.

Please monitor the ‘Documents Received’ section under ‘Programs’ in the portal. This section will update from “No” to “Yes” when the required document is received. 

Identification

Yes (if eligible to apply). You will be presented with the accepted forms of ID during the application process.

General application questions

Yes, but you will need the necessary qualifications in order to submit the application.

You may request a registration hearing after receiving a notice of proposal.

PEO does not require specific English, French or other language proficiency testing, nor are there citizenship requirement barriers since applicants need not be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in order to be licensed.