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

Meet the Ontario ER Course & Review Service

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

Getting Started

Writing that first situation can be the hardest part.
How long should your record be?
Which employers should I include/exclude?

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?

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.

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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.

4 full sample experience records

We've compiled excellent civil, electrical, mechanical and industrial 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.

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. 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.

Our philosophy

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

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 or mechanical 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 approximately 5 business days and you'll receive an email with a bulleted list of things you are in compliance with as well as a list of things that you should address before submission.

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 4 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.

Submit

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 experienced team help you submit your best experience record.
Pick one of the options and get started right away:

Course

$174+tax

What's included:


5 months of course access


7 Step-By-Step Modules show you how to develop, compile and submit your best record in 30 days or less


Submission Checklist & Tips


4 full sample Experience Records


eLearning on submission best practices, common mistakes and frequently asked questions


A Compiling Tool to help you generate project situations easily.

Course $174
+
3-hour Review $297

$471 $399+tax

Save $72 by combining my Rapid Submission Course and a 3-hour draft Experience Record review. ​

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FAQs

Can you prepare my Experience Record if I give you my resume?

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us (or anyone else) to 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. 

Can I just order the draft review service without the course?

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.

Do you offer the draft review service for all engineering disciplines and streams?

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

  • civil (all streams)
  • mechanical (all streams)
  • electrical (all streams)
  • chemical (certain streams)

If your discipline is not listed above, you will still receive benefit from going through the course as you prepare your draft.  

 

Do I have to include all of my employers in my Experience Record?

No. 

You just 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 about 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."

If I use your course and review service, am I guaranteed to overcome this step without having to attend an interview and/or write more exams?

Unfortunately, no. 

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

What if I don't have any design experience?

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. 

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.