Do I Need a Licence?

To take responsibility for professional engineering work in Ontario, an individual must be licensed by PEO.

Are you practising professional engineering?

Under the Professional Engineers Act, the “practice of professional engineering” means “any act of planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising that requires the application of engineering principles and concerns the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment, or the managing of any such act”.

To determine whether you are practising professional engineering, ask yourself three questions:

  • Are you planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising, or managing any of these acts?

  • Are engineering principles required to carry out the act?

  • Does the act concern the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment?

If you can answer yes to all three questions, you are practising professional engineering and require a licence from PEO.