Knowledge Centre

PEO publishes a variety of resources to assist licence holders in their roles and responsibilities, as well as guidance for applicants going through the licensure process.

Resources

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.


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


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.


Online Learning Modules

PEO’s Online Learning Modules provide licence holders, volunteers, staff and applicants with various learning and development opportunities.

Practice Advice Resources and Guidelines

PEO offers a variety of practice advice resources to assist licence holders in providing professional and ethical engineering services.

Frequently Asked Questions

The continuing knowledge declaration is the reporting component of the PEAK program. Practising licence holders are asked to provide this information with each declaration: Activity name, Activity reporting cycle, Activity start date, Activity end date, Activity type, Activity objective and Activity duration.

Here are some details about the information to be entered with each continuing knowledge declaration:

Table illustrating components of the continuing knowledge declaration. Long description available at the link provided.

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PEO will recommend up to 30 hours of continuing knowledge hours for the year to practising licence holders alone. This recommendation is generated immediately after these licence holders complete the PEAK practice evaluation questionnaire, and is customized to each licence holder based on their responses to the questionnaire. To allow licence holders to seek and complete their continuing knowledge at their preferred learning style and pace, the recommendation is described in terms of number of hours and not in terms of learning topic. Licence holders may report more continuing knowledge hours than was recommended.

PEO describes a “continuing knowledge activity” as any learning activity that maintains or enhances 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 presentations/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.

Continuing knowledge activities must have learning content of a technical engineering nature that helps practising licence holders maintain or enhance their competence to practise professional engineering. Here is a table of examples of activities, listed by learning activity type, that count towards your PEAK continuing knowledge hours:

Table providing examples of activities that count towards continuing knowledge activities. Long description available at the link provided.

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Continuing knowledge activities must have learning content of a technical engineering nature that helps practising licence holders maintain or enhance their competence to practise professional engineering. Here is a table of examples of activities that, generally, do not count towards your continuing knowledge hours for the PEAK program because they do not maintain or enhance the licence holder’s competence:

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. For a learning session with a mix of content that is relevant and irrelevant to the licence holder’s practice areas, licence holders are expected to self-determine the portion of the session that helps them maintain or enhance their competence to practise professional engineering.

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.