Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)   

NPPE

Ontario (PEO) Experience Record Course & Review Service

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 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)
  • computer - software

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

No. 

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. 

BC and Alberta Competency Assessment

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 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)
  • computer - software

If your discipline is not listed above, you will still receive the 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. 

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. 

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