Professional Engineers Ontario

Professional Engineers Ontario

August 08, 2008 09:00 ET

Financial Incentive Encourages Licensure as a Professional Engineer

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - Since enabling qualified engineering graduates and newcomers to Canada to apply for an Ontario professional engineer licence at no cost in May 2007, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) reports that fewer than 10 per cent of eligible international engineering graduates and fewer than 20 per cent of graduates from Ontario engineering schools have taken advantage of it.

"Our main goal is to remove the cost barriers and get engineering graduates to apply for the licence," said PEO President J. David Adams, P.Eng., MBA. "We want to ensure that every qualified person can succeed in engineering and encourage recognition of their skills. We have provided the tools and we want all those eligible to use them."

Under the Engineering Intern Training Financial Credit Program (FCP), international engineering graduates and Canadian university graduates may be eligible to apply free for licensure and be enrolled in the first year of PEO's Engineering Intern Training Program. Normally, the cost of application is $230. Enrolment in the EIT program is $70 a year.

"Comprehensive licensure is in the public interest," said PEO chief executive officer and registrar Kim Allen, P.Eng. "Not only does a licence demonstrate that its holder has been rigorously educated, is experienced and committed to a Code of Ethics, it also provides the most effective means to make the holder accountable to the public."

As of June 30, 2008, PEO has invested more than $500,000 in the program - including $325,000 in waived fees - with only 246 of the 3,500 newcomers to the province claiming to have engineering qualifications and 832 of 4,500 graduates from Ontario university engineering programs applying for licensure through the program. Approximately one-third of graduates from Ontario engineering schools typically apply for licensure within five years of graduation. Under the FCP, one-fifth of eligible grads have applied so far.

To increase these numbers, PEO is launching a province-wide multi-media campaign called Movin' Up!, targeting students, new engineering graduates and newly arrived international engineering graduates through advertisements, marketing brochures and information sessions on university campuses. The association is also investigating the creation of a multi-tiered licensing program that would officially recognize engineering students and internationally trained professionals when they graduate or arrive in Ontario.

"We want all those who have studied or are studying engineering to take the initiative and get licensed. That includes engineering students and Canadian and international graduates, as well as those already participating in our Engineering Intern Training Program," added Mr. Adams.

Background

In May 2007, Professional Engineers Ontario introduced a program to encourage engineering graduates and newcomers to Canada to apply for licensure as professional engineers by removing any potential economic hurdles.

Called the Engineering Intern Training Financial Credit Program (FCP), the program enables eligible graduates of bachelor of engineering programs accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) and eligible international engineering graduates with a bachelor of engineering or a bachelor of applied science degree to apply for a professional engineer (P.Eng.) licence at no cost. They may also be registered in the Engineering Intern Training program for the first year at no cost, if they meet eligibility criteria established by PEO.

Graduates of programs accredited by the CEAB are eligible for the FCP if they apply online at www.peo.on.ca/FCP/FCP1.html within six months of the date their degree was conferred. Within this six-month application window, PEO must also receive:

- acceptable academic documents;
- an acceptable proof of age document;
- acceptable documents proving their status in Canada;
- a valid email address for all PEO communications with them;
- and a signed declaration of application as per the online Engineering Intern Training Financial Credit Program form.

International engineering graduates are eligible for the program if they have a bachelor of engineering degree or a bachelor of applied science degree acceptable to PEO, and apply online for the program at www.peo.on.ca/FCP/FCP1.html within six months of their landing in Canada. Within this six-month application window, PEO must also receive:

- acceptable academic documents;
- an acceptable proof of age document;
- acceptable documents proving their status in Canada;
- a valid email address for all PEO communications with the applicant;
- a signed declaration of application as per the online Engineering Intern Training Financial Credit Program form;
- and a work experience summary, if the applicant has obtained at least five years of engineering experience since graduation.

Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act by licensing Ontario's 70,000 professional engineers, granting temporary, limited and provisional licences to practise professional engineering, and authorizing businesses to provide engineering services to the public. It sets standards for and regulates engineering in Ontario so that the public interest is served and protected. Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public first, licensed professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names.
/For further information: David Smith, Manager, Communications
Tel: 416-840-1068; 800-339-3716, ext.1068
Email: dsmith@peo.on.ca
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Contact Information

  • David Smith, Manager, Communications, Professional Engineers Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-840-1068
    Toll-Free: 800-339-3716
    E-mail: dsmith@peo.on.ca