Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) Course for APEGA Applicants

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

  • Kept updated for the online submission format
  • Most comprehensive APEGA CBA course on the market
  • 8 course steps that focus on the 22 competencies (1.1 to 6.5)
  • Pick from a team of vetted P.Eng. consultants to have your draft reviewed for 2 or 3 hours
  • Start for free. Upgrade later ($199 course; $250 to $350 for a review)
  • CBA accepted or a full refund + an additional $100.
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For 10 years, we've been Canada's #1 Competency Based Assessment (CBA) advisor. 


3 Common CBA Struggles

  1. Getting Started
    • Writing that first competency can be the hardest part.
    • Should I try to fill up 300 + 1,650 + 300 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 a quality record 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 any issues with my competencies?
    • Is my writing clear and concise or blurry and scattered?

The Alberta CBA Course has been designed for those applying with APEGA.

We've customized the material to address the specific requirements of the association and 22 competency format.

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AB CBA going through the course

Our CBA Course is designed to take you by the hand
to start, improve, finish and submit your professional
looking Competency Based Assessment report. 

Here's what you'll receive:

  • 5 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 (150 days).

  • 1 full sample CBA: We've compiled one full sample CBA that covers a variety of competencies from disciplines that include civil, electrical, mechanical, software and more. This will help you get a feel for the quality and detail you should aim for.

  • 8 step-by-step modules - Step 0: Welcome | 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: Common Mistakes & Best Practices | Step 8: 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).

Your draft needs a review... before it's reviewed (by APEGA)

Q. Who will review my draft CBA?  After going through the course, you can order a 2- or 3-hour review.  When you place your order, you'll be able to select a consultant with the closest engineering background.  Our consultants cover civil (structural, geo, rail/transit), mechanical (HVAC, fire protection, aerospace, mechatronics), electrical (power), biomedical, chemical (process, mining, metallurgy and petroleum, extractive metallurgy), and computer (software). 

Q. What will the reviewer catch?  They will catch errors, issues, and unclear things.  It's better if we 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 review the first 10 competencies 1.1 to 1.10.  For a 3-hour review, they will cover 15 competencies—1.1 to 3.2.  

Q. How long does it take?  A 2-hour review will cover 10 competencies and take 5 business days to complete.  A 3-hour review covers 15 competencies and takes 7 business days. 

Slide the vertical bar below to see what happens to a draft CBA when we review it:

Before Your Review After Your Review

Your Roadmap to CBA Success

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 our sample CBA. 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.

Integrate feedback

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.

Don't delay your application any longer.
Let our course show you the way to submit your best CBA.

$199 CAD + tax

  • Online Course
  • Course features:
    - 7 Step-By-Step Modules show you how to develop, compile and submit your best CBA
    - Submission Checklist & Tips
    - 1 full sample CBA
    - eLearning on submission best practices & common mistakes
    - Brainstorming Sheet to help you match your projects to the 22 competencies
    - 5 months of course access
    -Access right away (even at 2 a.m. in the morning)
    -CBA accepted or a full refund + an additional $100.

  • Review service can be purchased separately from within the course (details below)

Order a review after completing the course

(it can be ordered in step 8.1 of the course)

Our consultants can review applicants in the following areas:

  • civil (structural, infrastructure, geotechnical, rail/transit)
  • mechanical (HVAC, fire protection, aerospace, mechatronics)
  • electrical (power).
  • biomedical
  • chemical (process, mining, metallurgy, petroleum / oil & gas, extractive metallurgy)
  • computer - software

We offer two types of reviews:

2-hour review

  • The reviewer will add comments to the first 10 competencies submitted.
  • Please allow 5 business days.
  • Price: C$250 + tax

3-hour review

  • The reviewer will add comments to the first 15 competencies submitted.
  • Please allow 7 business days.
  • Price: C$350 + tax


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 show you how to write your situations on your own before they are sent for review.  Reviewing the sample CBA 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, aerospace, mechatronics)
  • electrical (power).
  • biomedical
  • chemical (process, mining, metallurgy and petroleum, extractive metallurgy)
  • computer - software

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 that it is clear and concise.  By doing this, you'll be able to 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. 


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. 

Course Development and Support Team

Gavin - engineering licence course creator

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

Founder and your Virtual Mentor 

In 2012, Gavin volunteered with PEO and Engineers Canada to help them with an experience reporting pilot program.  Following that experience, Gavin founded Practice PPE Exams—dedicated to helping aspiring engineers become licensed.

He has worked with thousands of aspiring engineers to navigate the Experience Record submission in Ontario.  The course lessons and information has been carefully constructed to help applicants submit their best work to PEO.

Gavin has assembled a team of accomplished P.Eng. consultants ready to support you with a draft review service.

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 Record to PEO a few years ago and is very familiar with the process and requirements.


Afonso Pacheco


Being the webmaster for Practice PPE Exams for 7 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.

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