PEO has released a new ethics module as part of its Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program. The module is now available on the PEO portal at https://secure.peo.on.ca/ebusiness/home.
One of three elements of the PEAK program, the ethics module is an interactive online refresher to help reacquaint licence holders (practising and non-practising alike, including retirees) with their ethical and professional obligations as described in the Professional Engineers Act. It is not a test and does not require any preparations or study before completing it. 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. Licence holders are requested to complete one new ethics module per licence year.
In its entirety, the PEAK program comprises:
- An online practice evaluation (practice declaration and questionnaire)
- An online ethics module
- An online continuing knowledge declaration (reporting form)
PEO recommends professional engineers and limited licence holders (including retirees) voluntarily complete their PEAK program elements every year, as part of their licence renewal process. Participating in the program is not mandatory to maintain or renew a PEO licence; however, completion statuses are posted on PEO’s directory.
The program aims to help ensure that PEO has sufficient information on each licence holder’s practice to carry out its role as regulator of the profession. The program also gauges the professional knowledge activities of licence holders.