Become a Professional Engineer

In Canada, the professional engineer (P.Eng.) designation represents the highest standards of engineering knowledge, experience and professionalism in the country.

Significant changes coming to the P.Eng. licensing process as of July 2023

As of July 1, 2023, PEO will only accept applications from those who meet the academic and experience qualifications in the Professional Engineers Act and set out in the regulations at the time they apply.

Minimum academic and experience requirements

The minimum academic requirement to apply for a P.Eng. licence will become a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is either accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), or a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is included in the International Institutions and Degrees Database (IIDD) administered by Engineers Canada and the successful completion of a confirmatory examination program.

The minimum experience requirement to apply for the P.Eng. licence is 48 months of engineering experience obtained prior to applying. PEO has also adopted a Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) model and this will become effective as of July 2023.

Possible blackout period for new P.Eng. applications
PEO is launching an improved online application system as of July 1, 2023. There will be a black-out period in advance of this launch during which prospective P.Eng. applicants will not be able to apply.

Current P.Eng. applicants

Current P.Eng. applicants will continue to have their application assessed under the existing serial licensing process until further notice. We will provide opportunities for eligible applicants to transition into the FARPACTA-compliant licensing process early in 2023. More information on this transition process will be communicated to current applicants when it becomes available.  

Please note that should a current application be withdrawn for any reason and that person reapplies on or after July 1, 2023, the new application will be assessed based on the PEO policies at that time, which includes the FARPACTA-compliant academic and experience requirements. 

For more information, please continue to monitor this webpage and the FARPACTA webpage. We will provide more information when it becomes available.

P.Eng. Licence Application Form

As of July 11, 2022, PEO has implemented a new, fully online P.Eng. application system through the PEO portal. New applicants will need to create an account to access the PEO portal. Once you have registered for an account, you may log in and navigate to the application tab to start the P.Eng. licensing application.

After PEO confirms that all required P.Eng. application information is received and the application fee is paid and processed, you will become a PEO P.Eng. applicant and we will provide you with an update on your status.

Please note, all PEO fees are non-refundable. For more information, see PEO fees

Individuals may only call themselves a professional engineer, or a P.Eng., if they possess a P.Eng. licence from the Canadian province or territory in which they reside. To become a P.Eng. in Ontario, the person must be licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

 

Requirements for Licensure

To be granted a P.Eng. licence, the applicant must:

  1. be at least 18 years old.
  2. be of good character.
  3. meet the academic requirement 
  4. pass the National Professional Practice Exam 
  5. satisfy the experience requirements 

P.Eng. Application Process

PEO’s P.Eng. application process has four sequential stages. The order of the stages is meeting the academic requirement, passing the National Professional Practice Exam, satisfying the experience requirement, and then the licence review and approval.

During the application process, the applicant will be assigned deadlines to meet PEO’s requirements and submit additional information as required. If the deadlines are not met, the application may be closed.

Academic requirements: CEAB vs non-CEAB program graduates

The P.Eng. application process is determined by whether the applicant has met PEO’s academic requirement.

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree in engineering from a Canadian university program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) will meet the academic requirement.

Click here to see if your bachelor’s degree in engineering is CEAB-accredited.

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree in engineering from a program that is not a CEAB-accredited engineering (non-CEAB) program will have their academics assessed against the Canadian Engineering Qualification Board criteria to determine whether the applicant meets PEO’s academic requirement under their engineering program.

Click here for more information about non-CEAB academics assessment (Technical Exam program).

Graduates of a CEAB-accredited engineering program

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree in engineering from a Canadian university program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) will meet the academic requirement.

Graduates of a non-CEAB-accredited engineering program

Non-CEAB engineering graduates will have their academic background assessed by PEO to determine whether it is equivalent to the established standards.

 

Financial Credit Program

Eligible Financial Credit Program participants can have their application fee credited once they have been approved for a licence.

Engineering Intern Program

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