22 Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) Course

Submit your best competencies to APEGA to become licensed sooner and propel your career. 

  • For APEGA, NAPEG, and Engineers Yukon applicants.
  • Kept updated for the online submission format
  • Pick from a team of vetted P.Eng. consultants to have your draft reviewed for 2 or 3 hours
  • Most comprehensive APEGA CBA course on the market
  • 8 course steps that focus on the 22 competencies (1.1 to 6.5)
  • 7 fully accepted CBA submissions
    Would seeing 7 accepted CBAs help you draft yours? You bet! Review these full CBAs: 3 civil (transportation, geotech, structural); 2 mechanical (manufacturing, fire protection); 1 electrical (power); and 1 petroleum.
  • Start for free. Upgrade later ($199-$225 course; $299-$450 review)
    Pay how you want. Credit card; PayPal; Google Pay; or 4-interest-free payments.
  • CBA accepted or a full refund.

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For 12 years, we've been Canada's #1 Competency Based Assessment (CBA) advisor. 

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3 Common CBA Struggles

  1. Getting Started
    • Writing that first competency can be the hardest part.
    • Should I try to fill up 400 + 1,800 + 400 characters for the situation, action and outcome sections?
    • Which project examples should I include?
  2. Finding the time
    • Making time to brainstorm project examples and remember work details can be exhausting. You might also be wondering - What does an approved CBA submission look like?
    • How do I show my application of engineering theory?
    • How can I explain my engineering methodology?
  3. Finishing it
    • Is it ready for APEGA?
    • Are there issues with my competencies?
    • Is my writing clear and concise, or blurry and scattered?
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Why take our 22 CBA course?

Picking your best work examples means understanding the 22 competencies, their indicators, and seeing approved CBA submissions. That's what this course does for you!  As you write each competency, you'll review a quick lesson and review 7 samples that have met the minimum score. Finally, if you want, order a review from a P.Eng. in a similar field. Get quick email support from our team whenever you have questions. Your CBA submission success is guaranteed.

The 22 CBA Course has been designed for those applying with APEGA, NAPEG and Engineers Yukon.

We've customized the material to address the specific requirements of the associations using the 22-competency format.

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Here's What You'll Receive

  • 2 or 4 months of access: We've designed the course to help you write and submit your CBA in 30 days.  But if you need more time, you've got it (up to 120 days).

  • 7 full CBA submissions: A few of our past clients have graciously shared their approved CBAs, showing you what they wrote for all 22 competencies. Currently, our submission samples are in the backgrounds of: Mechanical-manufacturing, electrical-power, petroleum, civil-transportation, civil-geotech, civil-structural and mechanical-fire protection. This will help you understand the quality and detail you should aim for.

  • 8 step-by-step modules - Step 0: Welcome | Preface: Full CBA Submission, CBA Scenario Generator, Common Mistakes and Best Practices | Step 1: Technical Competence | Step 2: Communication | Step 3: Project and Financial Management | Step 4: Team Effectiveness | Step 5: Professionalism | Step 6: Social, Economic, Environmental & Sustainability | Step 7: Review and Submit 

Who is this course for?
Canadian and foreign-educated aspiring engineers applying for a P.Eng. or engineering licensee using the 22 competency format (1.1. to 6.5).

Draft Review Service

Consider our draft review service to help catch issues with your competency examples before your association notices them. 

Each competency must meet a minimum score.  A draft review service is a helpful way to strengthen your examples to enable you to score higher and prevent CBA rejection.

Order your review of 10 or 15 competencies once you use the course to finish your draft. The review service can be ordered in step 7.1 of the course.

Review Questions? Answered

Q. Who will review my draft CBA?  After going through the course and finishing your draft, you'll come to step 7.1 in the course. There, you can select a consultant with the closest engineering background. Our consultants cover

  • civil (structural, geotech, rail/transit)
  • mechanical (HVAC, fire protection, manufacturing)
  • electrical (power)
  • biomedical; and
  • chemical (process, mining, metallurgy and petroleum, extractive metallurgy).

Once a consultant is selected, you can pick a 2- or 3-hour review. 

Q. What will the reviewer catch?  They will catch errors, issues, and unclear statements. It's better if we proactively point out these issues and let you correct them before submitting. 

Q. What will the reviewer focus on?  For a 2-hour review, your reviewer will add comments on the ten technical competencies—1.1 to 1.10.  For a 3-hour review, they will add comments to the first 15 competencies—1.1 to 3.2.  

Q. How long does it take and cost?  We have two review options:

  • 2-hour review: Covers 10 competencies (1.1 to 1.10), takes 6 business days to complete, and costs C$299 + tax.
  • 3-hour review: Covers 15 competencies (1.1 to 3.2), takes 7 business days to complete, and costs C$450 + tax.

Our P.Eng. Review Team

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Your Roadmap to CBA Success

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Take the course

Work from top to bottom in the 8-module course. Learn about each competency and indicator from 1.1 through 6.5. Review submission best practices and common mistakes. Compare your draft with fully accepted CBA submissions from past clients. Feel confident as you start, fix or finish your 22 competencies.

Order a draft review (optional)

Select one of our P.Eng. consultants in a similar engineering discipline and stream as you. Send in your 10 or 15 drafted competencies to get actionable feedback in about a week.

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After

Integrate feedback & Submit

Review the comments left directly in your MS Word file. Implement the ones you agree with to help make your draft sound clearer, more professional and concise.
Send it off to APEGA knowing that your CBA is the best it can be.

Here's What You'll Learn

The 22 CBA Course will teach you about all 22 competencies and their indicators (steps 1 to 6).  This will help you build a foundation and pick strong examples from your work history.  

In the preface, you'll see 7 fully accepted CBA submissions from our past clients.  This will give you a benchmark about the quality level expected by your association.  The preface also contains common mistakes and best practices—which are very important to note.

Step 7 is where you can order a draft review service.  Getting feedback from someone in your engineering area who's been through the process will move your CBA draft to a higher quality level.

Below is some additional information about the course lessons and how they will improve your CBA.

STEP 0

In Step 0, we'll:

  • Show you around the course.
  • Make sure you have started your application and reviewed the online CBA template from your association.
  • Download our course checklist and brainstorming sheet.
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In the preface, you’ll:

  • Review 7 fully accepted CBA submissions from our past clients.  The submissions are 3 civil (transportation, geotech, structural); 2 mechanical (manufacturing, fire protection); 1 electrical (power); and 1 petroleum.  Don't worry if you don't see your engineering discipline/stream represented here.  You'll still get massive benefits from reviewing these CBAs and seeing their examples, depth of problems and steps they took to meet the competency minimum scores.
  • Use our CBA Scenario Generator (AI tool). This will allow you to generate 75-word competency scenarios for your specific engineering discipline and stream.
  • Read about common mistakes from past clients.  Avoid traps that others have fallen into during their submissions. We'll summarize a few of the most common errors we see.
  • Follow the best practices outlined by your association. We'll touch on topics like selecting the best validator, sticking to technical examples, and following English rules to ensure your CBA is strong.
STEP 1

In Step 1, you’ll learn:

  • All about technical competencies (1.1 to 1.10).  Technical competencies are important and must showcase complex engineering problems you have resolved. 
  • For some examples, the steps you took should involve engineering knowledge gained in the 3rd and 4th year of university. 
  • We'll show examples of others that used engineering theories/principles to resolve a problem. Going deep into the details (e.g. assumptions you made, alternatives you considered) is encouraged as it can help you score higher on the 0-5 rating system. 
  • With insights and examples, we'll help you find great examples from regulations/codes/standards (1.1) to engineering documentation (1.10). 
STEP 2

In Step 2, discover:

  • All about the three communication competencies (2.1 to 2.3).  Your association wants to know if you can communicate your engineering thoughts, work products and technical feedback to others. 
  • We'll help you understand some finer points, like explaining how you tailor your communication differently to team members (e.g. technical vs. non-technical).  
  • These competencies are more than just listing that you know how to use email, a phone, and MS Office.  We'll cover the specifics of communication techniques and provide examples. 
  • Make sure to write your CBA clearly, without any spelling or grammatical errors. It will be reviewed and will affect your competency 2.2 score.
STEP 3

In Step 3, we'll dive into:

  • The two project and financial management competencies (3.1 and 3.2).  All projects have a target budget and completion date.  We'll help you explain how you helped achieve both of those. 
  • Avoid using cliche statements like "My project was completed on time and on budget." Instead, we'll help you remember specific things you did that can showcase project management or financial techniques you used. 
STEP 4

In Step 4, we'll teach you:

  • The team effectiveness competency (4.1).  Projects involve people, but successful projects involve people working well together.  Your association wants to hear about how you work with others (professionals, non-professionals) and if you have the tools to resolve issues. 
  • Here, we'll give you examples of what conflicts look like, and we'll help you remember the strategies you used to resolve the problem.
  • If you struggle to find a conflict resolution example, your association will let you take a quick conflict resolution course to meet this competency.  We provide course recommendations in this step. 
STEP 5

In Step 5, you'll master:

  • The professionalism competency (5.1).  In this section, your association seeks proof of the candidate’s understanding of professional accountability. 
  • As you are not yet a professional member, the emphasis will be on demonstrating how you assisted your P.Eng./P.Geo. supervisor in managing their professional liability.
STEP 6

In Step 6, we’ll help you understand:

  • The five social, economic, environmental and sustainability competencies (6.1 to 6.5).  In this section, your association wonders if you are aware of the public impact of your work.
  • We'll help you find examples from your work history that demonstrate how you considered the impact of climate change and sustainability. 
  • You'll also see examples of when the engineer's role overlaps with other professionals and how to accommodate others.  
STEP 7

And in Step 7, you're ready to:

  • Review our list of consultants and order a 2 or 3-hour review.  This optional step costs extra, but it allows you to strengthen your draft before submission.  Pick a consultant with a similar engineering background and wait about a week for their comments.  Integrate their feedback into your draft. 
  • It is now time to send your final CBA off to your association.  Celebrate this milestone with your friends and family while waiting for your association to review your well-written competencies. 

When you enroll in the 22 CBA Course, we'll add

Six Bonuses

CBA review serviceBonus #1: Need A Review? 20% Off For You! ($90 value)

A fresh set of eyes on your draft will let your CBA shine. You can select the closest P.Eng. consultant to review your draft. The consultant spends 3 hours (12 minutes per competency) reviewing your first 15 competencies (1.1 to 3.2).

We want to help keep these costs under control by reducing the price from $450 + tax down to $360 + tax. This bonus will be automatically applied in step 7.1 of the course.

Bonus #2: No Tension, FREE Course Extension ($45 value)

CBA extension

Sometimes, life or work demands more time, and finishing your CBA isn't a priority. Use this bonus to access the course for an additional:

  • 2 weeks (if you order the 2-month package)
  • 4 weeks (if you order the 4-month package)

 

rejected CBABonus #3: Rejected CBA? $100 Is On Its Way ($100 value)

We value your time and money. So, if your CBA isn't initially accepted, we'll put two P.Eng. consultants in charge of helping you with any low-scoring competencies.  If the submission of those competencies still isn't accepted, you'll get the full refund for your course, plus an additional $100 e-transferred to your bank account.

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Bonus #4: Lobbying Leadership Letter ($29 value)

Use our email template to potentially convince your boss to reimburse you for the course by highlighting the corporate benefits of getting licenced.

finding validators for your CBA

 

Bonus #5: Validator Matrix Quick Fix ($55 value)

Learn how to find competency validators, even if you don't think you have any. Then, use our email template to contact them to ensure they are willing to help you.

CPD course optionsBonus #6: CPD Companion ($66 value)

You'll be licensed soon, so we're already planning ahead! Once licensed, you must complete about 30 continuing professional development (CPD) hours/year. Our CPD Companion, which costs $33/year, has done all the research for you. You can quickly find hundreds of free courses and courses available for purchase. You'll get 2 years of access.

*Note: We can only provide this offer once per client. So, if you've already claimed 2 years of access by ordering another course from us, we won't be able to add another 2 years on top. Thanks for understanding!

A Great Value for CBA Applicants

If you wanted to learn everything inside our 22 CBA Course, as a private, 1-on-1 student, the price tag would easily surpass $1,000.  But we want to make submitting your CBA more affordable. This is why we put this material into an easy-to-use on-demand course.  When you join our 22 CBA Course, we'll be your virtual mentors—with you until you get your CBA submitted and accepted.

What’s included:

  • 22 lessons on all competencies and their indicators ($99 value)
  • 7 fully accepted CBA submissions ($140 value)Would seeing 7 accepted CBAs help you draft yours? You bet! Review these full CBAs: 3 civil (transportation, geotech, structural); 2 mechanical (manufacturing, fire protection); 1 electrical (power); and 1 petroleum.
  • Unlimited and fast email support ($59 value)
  • Lessons on submission best practices & common mistakes ($49 value)
  • CBA accepted or a full refund
  • Bonus #1: No Tension, FREE Course Extension ($45 value)If you missed it, all of these bonuses are discussed in more detail here.
  • Bonus #2: Need A Review, 20% Off For You! ($90 value)
  • Bonus #3: Rejected CBA? $100 is on its way ($100 value)
  • Bonus #4: Lobbying Leadership Letter ($29 value)
  • Bonus #5: Validator Matrix Quick Fix ($55 value)
  • Bonus #6: CPD Companion ($66 value)

Total value: $732  (but you only pay the price below)

To join the course, select one of the following options:

payment types

You can order a review after completing the course
(it can be ordered in step 7.1 of the course)

Course Development and Support Team

Gavin - engineering licence course creator

Gavin Simone, P.Eng. (AB), LEED AP

Founder and your Virtual Mentor 


About a decade ago, Gavin volunteered with Engineers Canada to help them with an experience reporting pilot program.  This program eventually became the Competency Based Assessment (CBA) licensing step.  Around that time, Gavin founded Practice PPE Exams—dedicated to helping aspiring engineers quickly navigate the licensing hurdles.

He has worked with thousands of aspiring engineers to navigate the CBA across Canada.  The team has carefully constructed the course lessons and information to help applicants submit their best 22 work examples to their association.

Gavin has assembled a team of accomplished P.Eng. consultants ready to support you with a draft review service.  They are all past clients who have been through the licensing process themselves and know the types of challenges that a new applicant might experience.

Joydeep Banerjee

Joydeep Banerjee, P.Eng. (ONT), PhD

Content Developer


Joydeep is a mechanical engineer that is an expert on model-based technologies.  With a PhD from the University of Waterloo, he brings years of teaching experience and industry experience in model-based engineering and digital thread applications. Joydeep successfully submitted his experience a few years ago and is very familiar with the CBA process and requirements.

Rose

Rose May Igdon-Vallinas, Engr.(PH)

Licensing Coordinator


Rose is a Chemical Engineer with a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering focusing on Biomass and Biofuels Engineering. She has worked on biofuel production from agro-industrial residues, which received first place at the Young Scientist Competition during the Asian Congress on Biotechnology in 2019. She started as a product engineer in 2014, and in 2015, she ventured into teaching Chemical Engineering courses at Xavier University. She also gained valuable experience in environmental compliance and engineering as a permitting staff. Rose will be the bridge between our clients and our P.Eng. review team. She will also help clients navigate the finer details of a CBA submission.

Afonso

Afonso Pacheco

Webmaster


Being the webmaster for Practice PPE Exams for 8 years, Afonso brings a wealth of experience delivering e-learning content.  He has been instrumental in making the course lessons load quickly and implementing modern navigation.

Questions? Answered!

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us (or anyone else) to take your resume and turn it into a CBA.  

A resume is a 1 or 2-page document that summarizes your duties and accomplishments at a very high-level. 

A Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) goes deep into the details of specific situations at work.  For instance, competency 1.1 Regulation, Codes, and Standards ask you to demonstrate your knowledge of regulations, codes, standards, and safety.  This is not something that you would have in your resume and is one example of why you have to draft the CBA on your own with the help of our course.  

Luckily, our step-by-step CBA course will help you write your examples on your own before they are sent for review.  Reviewing the CBA submissions in the course will help you to get lots of ideas about the length and detail you should aim for. 

Unfortunately, we require everyone to take the course to qualify for our review service. The course helps to ensure your draft meets a certain level of quality. It also allows our consultants to focus the feedback more on your engineering content and less on submission compliance.

Great question.  We can only add value to your draft if we have a consultant available in that discipline and stream.  The following are disciplines that we currently support: 

  • civil (structural, infrastructure, geotechnical)
  • mechanical (HVAC, fire protection)
  • electrical (power).
  • biomedical
  • chemical (process, mining, metallurgy and petroleum, extractive metallurgy)

If your discipline is not listed above, you will still benefit from going through the course to prepare your competency report.  

Unfortunately, no.

We can't guarantee that after you use our course/review you won't have to fulfil other requirements from your association. There are a lot of factors out of our control (e.g. the experience you have gained, if you were educated in Canada or abroad, if you implement our recommendations or not).

Our goal is to give you the best tools, examples, support and recommendations to make your CBA submission the strongest it can be and ensure it is clear and concise. By doing this, you'll reduce your chances of having to fulfill other requirements.

The start and end dates for each competency refers to the time period for just that project.  It should be a minimum of 1 month in duration. 

Yes. 

Validation is critical to your CBA submission.  Pick your validators wisely.  It should be someone who knows your experience well and has a reputation for doing things on time.  However, if your validators are not validating your experience for any reason (e.g. retired, sick), you can contact your association to have them switched. 

Sure!  If your association does not initially accept your CBA, we'll put our entire team of P.Eng. consultants on the mission of helping you to resubmit it (at no additional cost). We will review your submission and suggest specific ways you can rewrite each rejected competency to make it stronger and more in line with the expectations.  This might mean making your existing competencies stronger or helping you to brainstorm better examples from your work history. 

If your association still doesn't accept your resubmitted competencies, we'll issue you a full refund plus an additional $100. 

Our guarantee page allows you to claim your refund and an additional $100. 

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