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PEO with only College Diploma

I am currently looking into getting my Peng as my boss has been nudging me to get it. Unfortunately with a family it is difficult to apply to university and work full time. I have a 3 year diploma from college locally.

I contacted the PEO office and aside from telling me it is possible, they do not really give any advice over the phone till they get your take your money. From their licencing guide it states:

"Specific Examination Program. Applicants whose academic
qualifications are judged by PEO to fall between those of
a technology diploma and those of an engineering degree
will be assigned a SEP. This program may consist of up to
18 examinations and would include basic, technical and
complementary examinations plus an engineering thesis.
Basic Studies examinations are a prerequisite and must be
addressed first."

My question would be has anyone gone through this path? What was the process like? How many exams you had to write (total)? How many exams should I write per year? any tips in general?

Thank you
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I do not think PEO will award anyone P.Eng with college diploma only. You need an undergraduate degree to start the application. The exams are called for foreign degree holder that did not graduate from a CEAB accredited program. You can go with the P.Tech route which can also seal certain drawings I believe.
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It is definitely possible. As long as its a 3 year Technology diploma (technologist).
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conq26 wrote:
May 14th, 2018 1:26 pm
It is definitely possible. As long as its a 3 year Technology diploma (technologist).
Don't waste your time on this. PEO will not grant you P.Eng based on college diploma. The minimum level requirement is for foreign educated applicant who possess exceptional level of specific experience that PEO may deem equivalent to a formal education level. The hassles of trying to challenge the bachelor degree requirement is probably more difficult than going through the bachelor program itself.
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benjuotterly wrote:
May 14th, 2018 2:33 pm
Don't waste your time on this. PEO will not grant you P.Eng based on college diploma. The minimum level requirement is for foreign educated applicant who possess exceptional level of specific experience that PEO may deem equivalent to a formal education level. The hassles of trying to challenge the bachelor degree requirement is probably more difficult than going through the bachelor program itself.
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benjuotterly wrote:
May 14th, 2018 2:33 pm
Don't waste your time on this. PEO will not grant you P.Eng based on college diploma. The minimum level requirement is for foreign educated applicant who possess exceptional level of specific experience that PEO may deem equivalent to a formal education level. The hassles of trying to challenge the bachelor degree requirement is probably more difficult than going through the bachelor program itself.
This is not necessarily true. You just need 4 years experience with one year Canadian experience to apply for P.Eng. If you got questioned for foreign engineering degree, you can just do the FE exam with 100 multiple choice questions which is super easy.
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hermit1988 wrote:
May 15th, 2018 1:50 pm
This is not necessarily true. You just need 4 years experience with one year Canadian experience to apply for P.Eng. If you got questioned for foreign engineering degree, you can just do the FE exam with 100 multiple choice questions which is super easy.
But OP only has a college diploma, not a foreign degree. And in regard to the years of experience, it is important to note that PEO are not talkiong about working experience but engineering experience, meaning the applicant must justify (in writing or during interview) their experience in the application of engineering theories, principles, industry practices, and ethics. In fact, many domestic applicants had to jump through lots of hoops and long delays because they couldn't justify or clearly explain their engineering experience.

Typically, if the review committee have concern regarding the foreign degree, the applicant will be sent to those exams as you've mentioned. But if the committee have doubts about the applicants have training on the subjects, then they'll ask the applicant to complete a whole list of courses and pass the exams. I've seen applicant received a list of courses that's almost 2/3 of a complete degree cirriculum. That's why it is typically not worth the time, cost and hassles if the applicant does not possess the typical requirements (engineering degree).
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Thanks for the replies. I do not have issues with the number of exams. I would gladly write them all. I just cannot do full time studies due to work and family.

In regards to experience, that only comes after the exams. The 4 years of experience has to be done after you have passed your exams and only 12 months have to be done with a licenced Peng
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Did you end up writing any of the exams?
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conq26 wrote:
May 15th, 2018 9:36 pm
Thanks for the replies. I do not have issues with the number of exams. I would gladly write them all. I just cannot do full time studies due to work and family.

In regards to experience, that only comes after the exams. The 4 years of experience has to be done after you have passed your exams and only 12 months have to be done with a licenced Peng
Except that the exams are a lot harder to study and prepare for compared to sitting in class and taking courses. Do you have time to study daily after work? Family life takes its toll, I doubt you will finish 20 exams in 4 years.
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conq26 wrote:
May 15th, 2018 9:36 pm
Thanks for the replies. I do not have issues with the number of exams. I would gladly write them all. I just cannot do full time studies due to work and family.

In regards to experience, that only comes after the exams. The 4 years of experience has to be done after you have passed your exams and only 12 months have to be done with a licenced Peng
4 years can be done whenever and completely does not depend on the exams. Either the P.Eng exams or the equivalency exams if you need any

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