Five Days to Ontario Experience Record Success
- with Gavin Simone, P.Eng. - Day 1

Ont. Experience Record - The MOST Critical Submission Guideline You Can’t Ignore

Here's the deal:

There is ONE key concept that PEO wants you to understand, perhaps more than any other.

If you get this key idea right, your submission will be looked upon favourably and you’ll dramatically increase your chances of getting a timely approval.

If you DON’T follow this rule,  you’ll take much longer to write up your submission and you’ll increase your chances for an interview.

The one big thing that matters to PEO is WWHO. 

critical WWHO formula

You might be wondering: What does understanding the WWHO formula have to do with a successful Experience Record? Allow me to explain this acronym. 

W - What you did (specific to your engineering background)
W - Why you did it (your reasons and  your role)
H - How you did it (your tasks, challenges, methods)
O - Outcome  (your contribution and the big end result)

You can see PEO refer to this in its Guide to the Required Experience for Licence pdf (page 11).  It discussed the What, Why and How;  I have added the Outcome since another association uses it and I think it makes a lot of sense to include.

To illustrate I've written a project example (known as a 'situation') with different levels of detail to show you how you the WWHO is satisfied. 

Let's take a look: 

Experience Record Example - WWHO Formula
Increasingly better engineering "situations" that demonstrate work experience.

So … if you remove just 1 letter from WWHO when writing up your Experience Record project situation, your reviewer won’t be able to fully appreciate your experience. All 4 are needed for each project situation.  If all of your situations fails to provide sufficient detail about your experience, the reviewer may say “better call him/her in for an interview, I really can’t put my finger on what/why/how they were doing it and what the outcome was”.   This is not where you want to be. 

Review Your Experience Record So Far Against WWHO

Take what you have written so far and put it through the WWHO test. Does each project situation answer the What/Why/How/Outcome?  If not, rewrite every example so that it is clear to you (and to the reviewer) why you deserve that licence. 

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