Ontario Experience Record Course & Review Service

Finally, simple guidance on writing your best Experience Record (ER) for PEO

Is your Experience Record (ER) holding up your licence & career?

The challenge with writing your Experience Record is that the guidelines are very loose about what is really expected. You're spending your precious evenings and weekends wondering if what you're writing makes sense.

If it does, great.  If not, you might be asked to re-submit it–or worse you'll be asked to attend an interview or write technical exams.

3 Common ER Struggles

  1. Getting Started
    • Writing that first situation can be the hardest part.
    • How long should your record be?
    • Which employers should I include/exclude?
  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 successful write-up 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 PEO?
    • Are there any issues with my situations?
    • Is my writing clear and concise or blurry and scattered?

Our Rapid Submission Course is designed to take you by the hand
to start, improve, finish and submit your professional
looking Experience Record.

Here's what you'll receive:

5 months of access

We've designed the course to help you write and submit in 30 days.
But if you need more time, you've got it.

3 full sample experience records

We've compiled excellent civil, electrical, and mechanical sample experience records so that you can get a feel of the quality and detail you should aim for.

7 step-by-step modules

#1: Experience Record Checklist and Welcome Video | #2: Interview Quiz: How likely are you to be asked to interview and what can you do about it? | #3: Get Educated:  9 Best Practices + 5 Common Mistakes + 15 FAQs | #4: Download and Format the PEO Experience Record Template | #5: Compile your Experience Record: Use our Compiling Tool to help you write each situation. | #6: Request a review of your Experience Record to identify areas of improvement (included in Pro option) | #7: Submit to PEO

Situation Generator™ tool access

Our Situation Generator™ tool will help you write each situation by helping you use the proper verb depending on the competency section you are working on.

Our philosophy

Everyone who has at least 1 year of design experience ought to be able to have their Experience Record approved by PEO.

Who's this course for?

Anyone who wants 1 dedicated resource to teach them step-by-step how to write and submit their best Experience Record. It is for those applying for a Professional (P.Eng.), Limited or Temporary licences.

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Who's behind the Experience Record Course & Review Service?

My name is Gavin Simone, P.Eng. (AB). I've assembled a team of accomplished P.Eng. consultants ready to support you through this process.

In 2012, I volunteered with PEO and Engineers Canada to help with a pilot program that may eventually replace the experience record step. Throughout this process, I learned a lot about what makes a good record.

My consultants and I have assembled 4 sample records in the course to help you compare yours with excellent samples. They are also available to provide you with feedback on your draft record to ensure we catch issues before PEO does.

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

Who will review my draft?

It will be reviewed by someone in your field – Your draft will be assigned to one of our civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical or computer (software) P.Eng. consultants (with similar experience to yours).

What will the reviewer focus on?

Our reviewer will focus most of their time on the two most important sections: Application of Theory and Practical Experience. We'll also review your other 3 sections.

What will the reviewer catch?

He/she will catch errors, issues, and things that are unclear.  It's better if we ask these questions rather than PEO.

How long does it take?

Your review will take 5 business days and all comments will be added directly to your MS Word draft.  You'll also receive a self-checklist that you can perform after you implement our feedback and before you submit it to PEO. 

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

Before Your Review After Your Review

Your Roadmap to ER Success

Take the course

Work from top to bottom in the 7 module course. Learn about best practices and common mistakes. Brainstorm and use our tool to develop your draft. Compare it with our 3 samples. Feel confident as you start, fix or finish your experience write-up.

Draft review

Send your draft for a review by one of our P.Eng. consultants. We'll match you up with someone in a similar discipline and stream.

Integrate feedback

Receive comments on how to make your draft more clear and concise. Update your draft to make it PEO ready.


Send it off to PEO knowing that your experience record is the best it could be.

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

$199 CAD + tax

  • Online & On-Demand Course
  • Course features:
    - 7 Step-By-Step Modules show you how to develop, compile and submit your best record in 30 days or less
    - Submission Checklist & Tips
    - 3 full sample Experience Records
    - eLearning on submission best practices, common mistakes and frequently asked questions
    - 5 months of course access.
    -Access right away (even at 2 a.m. in the morning)
    -We provide a 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Review service can be purchased separately from within the course (details below)

Order a review after completing the course

Our consultants can review applicants in the following areas:

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

We offer two types of reviews:

2-hour review

  • The reviewer will add comments to the first 4-5 pages of your draft.
  • Please allow 5 business days.
  • Price: C$250 + tax

3-hour review

  • The reviewer will add comments to the first 7-8 pages of your draft.
  • Please allow 7 business days.
  • Price: C$350 + tax


Unfortunately, we (or anyone else) can’t take your resume and turn it into an Experience Record.  

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

An Experience Record goes deep into the details of specific situations at work.  For instance, in the Application of Theory section, each situation requires you to explain the engineering methodology you used and how you applied an engineering theory to resolve an issue at work. 

Luckily, our step-by-step experience record course will show you how to write your situations on your own before they are sent for review.  You can even review the sample records in the course to get some 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 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 as you prepare your experience record. 


You need to ensure that the employers that you do include cover a minimum of 48 months (4 years).  This will allow you to focus on your best experience. 

To ensure that your record doesn't have any gaps, you still need to tell PEO what you were doing.  So, in between records, you can say, "I worked at (company name) as a (job title) from (start date) until (end-date) but wish to exclude this experience from my record to focus on more technical experience."

Unfortunately, no. 

We can't guarantee that you won't have to fulfill other requirements from PEO after you use our course/review.  There are many 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 ER 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 fulfil other requirements. 

This can be a challenging hurdle to overcome, and our course & review service may not be able to help you improve your draft record enough to satisfy PEO. 

The application of engineering theory is the most important criteria.  Someone who, for instance, has spent all of their career in project management will likely struggle to pass this licensing step.  If you plan on explaining your Application of Theory bullets by giving examples of how you reviewed/verified the engineering work of the design engineer, then it likely won't be enough.  Your options will be to:

  1. Take our course and review service and see what PEO says.  You may be asked to attend a technical interview, write exams or gain more experience.  You may need to change jobs to get the right experience (see point 3 below).
  2. Think about getting your PMP or other designation instead.  If a P.Eng. is not needed for your job now, then maybe you can still have a successful career without it. 
  3. Change jobs and work for a company that holds a Certificate of Authorization (CofA) and does real design work.  This may be a step back in salary, but if holding a P.Eng. is an important goal of yours, then this might be the only way to make it work. 

Can’t get started with our paid course today?

No problem. Start with our free mini-course so we can teach you about some important competencies over the coming week.

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