Other PEAK Information

Professional development initiatives by PEO

PEO initiatives on continuing competence for licence holders began long before the PEAK program was launched in 2017.

 

Periods Continuing competence initiatives by PEO
1980s and 1990s Professional Excellence Program
2000s Voluntary Annual Reporting
2000s and 2010s Professional Development System

PEAK development history 

Several developments including reports, recommendations, research, and consultations contributed towards the PEAK program. Notable developments include: 

2013 September - Report by Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) on continuing professional development. The report recommended a mandatory continuing professional development program for PEO licence holders. 

2014 March - Report on a review of the 2013 OSPE report from PEO's committee on professional standards. 

2014 October - Report from the commission of inquiry into the collapse at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario in 2012. The report recommended a mandatory continuing professional development program for PEO licence holders within 18 months of the commissioner’s report. 

2015 September - PEO council affirmed a policy to ask the membership to ratify in a referendum any mandatory requirement to participate in a continuing professional development program. 

2015 November - Report from PEO's Continuing Professional Development, Competence and Quality Assurance (CPDCQA) Task Force outlining the guiding principles for a continuing professional development program. 

2016 February - Council approved a policy intent to amend the Professional Engineers Act to provide the authority for mandating continuing professional development requirements for all licence holders, limited licence holders, and temporary licence holders. 

2016 September - Report from PEO's Continuing Professional Competence Program (CP)2 Task Force on the continuing professional competence program. 

2017 February - Recommendations from PEO's Continuing Professional Competence Program (CP)2 Task Force on the constraints for the continuing professional competence program. 

2017 March - PEO launched the Practice Evaluation and Knowledge program for professional engineers and limited licence holders to participate on a voluntary or optional basis. 

2017 December - Amendment to subsection 7(1)(27) of the Professional Engineers Act empowers Council to make regulations for continuing education and professional development programs for PEO licence holders including developing programs, making compliance mandatory and applying sanctions for non-compliance. 

2018 June - PEO's report on Year 1 of the PEAK program. Council directed PEO to plan for operating the program for another year. 

2019 April - Jury's verdict from the coroner's inquest into the death of Scott Johnson in 2012. The verdict recommended an annual, mandatory continuing professional development program for PEO licence holders. 

2019 April - Report from PEO's external regulatory review. The report recommended a mandatory continuing professional development program for PEO licence holders. 

2019 June - PEO's report after Year 2 of the PEAK program

2019 June - Council carries the PEAK program from being a pilot project to an operating program while continuing with the existing program rules. 

2019 September - Council accepts the Registrar’s Action Plan to address the recommendations from the April 2019 external review of PEO’s regulatory activities. And Council directs the Registrar to propose the legislative framework needed for a mandatory continuing professional development program and to review the PEAK program. 

2021 February - Council rescinded the September 2015 policy intent to ask the membership to ratify in a referendum any mandatory requirement to participate in a continuing professional development program. This decision allows PEO to move forward with the creation of a mandatory CPD program for its licence holders as soon as any required legislative and operational tasks have been completed. 

PEAK participation rates

Percentages of licence holders who participated in the voluntary PEAK program:

Percentages of licence holders who participated in the voluntary PEAK program
Participations in PEAK program elements 2021 period (Mar 31, 2021 to Mar 30, 2022) 2020 period (Mar 31, 2020 to Mar 30, 2021) 2019 period (Mar 31, 2019 to Mar 30, 2020) 2018 period (Mar 31, 2018 to Mar 30, 2019) 2017 period (Mar 31, 2017 to Mar 30, 2018)
Of all PEO licence holders
- Declared a practice status 17% 16% 19% 22% 34%
Of all PEAK participants
- Declared as “practising” 84% 84% 82% 80% 77%
- Declared as “non-practising” 16% 16% 18% 20% 23%
- Completed the Ethics Module 67% 67% 70% 72% 61%
Of all practising PEAK participants
- Completed the practice evaluation questionnaire 86% 86% 81% 83% 88%
- Started reporting continuing knowledge activities (of those who completed the questionnaire) 45% 49% 55% 49% 23%
- Started reporting continuing knowledge activities (of those who declared practising) 39% 42% 44% 41% 21%