Technical Examinations on the Path to Obtaining a Professional Engineering License in Canada (P.Eng)

Technical engineering exams are a crucial step in the journey to obtain a Professional Engineering License (P.Eng) in Canada, particularly in Ontario and British Columbia. Applicants who earned their academic credentials outside of Canada are required to pass these technical exams. Students must choose three out of four exams, with two from Group A, one from Group B, and one from Group CS. The passing mark for all PEO exams is 50%.
PEO’s technical exams are offered twice a year, in May and December. 

At Fanavaran, we offer preparatory courses for these technical engineering exams in collaboration with professors and postdoctoral from York University, Canada. Our courses are designed to assist Internationally Educated Engineers in preparing for their Confirmatory Professional Engineering Exams (also known as technical exams) and obtaining their Professional Engineering Licenses (P.Eng) in Canada. Our courses also include a comprehensive review of past exams, ensuring that you’re well-prepared for success.
Classes are scheduled to commence in the first week of November and will be conducted online via the Zoom platform. Each class is 2 hours long, and the entire course comprises 12 hours of instruction. The cost for the course is $420.
The classes are to be held on Mondays to Thursdays

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The academic prerequisite for obtaining a professional engineering license in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia (P.Eng) is to hold a Bachelor of Engineering degree (a 4-year program) from an accredited program at one of the Canadian universities or recognized international universities.

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), representing provincial engineering associations and bodies in Canada, including PEO, approves engineering bachelor’s programs.

Applicants who have not obtained their Bachelor of Engineering degree from a CEAB-accredited program (universities outside of North America) may be required to take one of two examination programs offered by PEO to demonstrate their equivalent scientific knowledge for licensure:

  1. Confirmatory Exam Program (CEP)
  2. Specific Exam Program (SEP)

Confirmatory Exam Program (CEP)

Applicants who have obtained their Bachelor of Engineering degree through a program deemed similar to a CEAB-approved program typically undergo four technical examinations. The purpose of these exams is to provide candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate their academic preparedness equivalent to graduates of CEAB-approved programs.
Candidates assigned to the CEP, who have also acquired a minimum of 5 years of engineering experience from the date of receiving their bachelor’s degree, may have their application referred to PEO’s Work Experience Assessment section for evaluation.
This section may decide whether to exempt or reduce the number of technical examinations for the applicant. Otherwise, the examinations remain in effect.
  • Candidates referred to PEO’s Work Experience Assessment section must submit their experience documents and records in the required formats within the specified deadline. Failure to do so within the deadline results in the forfeiture of the experience assessment opportunity, and candidates must commence their examination program within the set timeframe.
  • Candidates who fail to initiate their examination program within the specified timeframe will have their current P.Eng application canceled.
Candidates assigned to the CEP may potentially receive exemptions for a portion of their designated examination, provided they meet the Good Performance Criteria.
Candidates who fail two exams will be assigned the Failed-to-Confirm (FTC) examination program. The FTC examination program is considered a type of SEP program.
Therefore, candidates with good performance can potentially receive exemptions. However, in case of failure in two exams, a more challenging examination program awaits them.
The technical examination program consists of four exams:
  • Two Group A exams from any engineering discipline,
  • One Group B exam from any engineering discipline, and
  • One Complimentary Studies (CS) exam.
  • The pass mark for all PEO exams is 50%.
An applicant will be considered to have successfully completed the technical examination program if the average of the technical exam marks is at least 55%.

Time Constraints for Participating in PEO Technical Examinations

  • PEO Technical Examinations are held twice annually (in the months of May and December).
  • Candidates must participate in at least one Technical Examination within two academic years after receiving their examination program.
  • After commencing the examination program, candidates are required to participate in at least one examination every academic year; otherwise, their file will be closed.
  • All examination programs must be successfully completed within 8 academic years from the time the examination program is declared to the candidate.
  • Compliance with these time constraints is mandatory for candidates.

Timing and Location of PEO Examinations

PEO Technical Examinations are conducted in the months of May and December at 14 centers within the province of Ontario. Examinations typically span a 5-day period. Registration packages for the May session are sent out in January, and for the December session, they are sent out in July.
  • If candidates have not received their examination packages by the specified times, they should contact the examination center

Exam Fees

All expenses related to engineering technical examinations for applicants seeking engineering licensure are non-refundable. Considering that the cost for each applicant is relatively high, it is strongly recommended that candidates come fully prepared for the examination session to increase their chances of obtaining a passing score on their first attempt.
First Exam Fee: $700
Each Subsequent Exam Fee: $200
Submission of an Engineering Thesis: $360
Start date (Fanavaran classes): February and March 2024
Exam date: May and June 2024

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