Competency Based Assessment

PEGNL uses the Competency Based Assessment model to evaluate the experience qualifications of individuals applying for licensure.

Competency Based Assessment

Overview

PEGNL has adopted the Competency Based Assessment (CBA) model to evaluate the experience qualifications of those applying to PEGNL to become licensed. The CBA framework assesses if the applicant has achieved the necessary competencies for professional licensure while obtaining the required 48 months’ experience. This includes a self-assessment by the applicant, followed by validator (supervisor) review and then evaluation by independent professional assessors.

The framework has been increasingly adopted by regulators across the country as a way to improve transparency and fairness for applicants, as well as ensuring protection of the public.

Process

Upon submitting an application to PEGNL, a professional licensure applicant is given access to the CBA system. Applicants rate themselves on a scale of 0-5 on a number of core competencies in technical, ethical and professional categories. In addition, they provide examples of experiences in their professional work that help demonstrate the individual ratings. References as chosen by the applicant - known as validators - review and provide comment on the assessment and overall readiness for licensure. In turn, independent volunteer professional Assessors are assigned by PEGNL to review all information provided and make a recommendation. PEGNL reviews the information from all three groups to decide if an applicant meets the experience requirements for licensure.

To access detailed information on the CBA process, please refer to the Competency Assessment Manual.

CBA Quick Reference Sheet is also available. This is intended as a supplement to the manual.

PEGNL has also developed a CBA Mentorship Guide for Applicants and their mentors.

Engineering and CBA

Engineering applicants will assess themselves on 34 competencies in 7 categories. Applicants will use parameters, known as indicators, to help them determine their proficiency and strength for each competency. The indicators are available HERE.

The Canadian environment experience requirement for registration is evaluated using a subset of the 34 competencies known as the Canadian Environment competencies. For more information on the Canadian Environment competencies, click HERE. *International experience can be used to demonstrate these competencies if the applicant describes how their experience is equivalent to the Canadian Environment.

Geoscience and CBA

Geoscience applicants will assess themselves on 29 competencies in 4 categories. Applicants will cite workplace examples to help them determine their proficiency and strength for each competency. The examples are available HERE.

The Canadian environment experience requirement for registration is evaluated using a subset of the 29 competencies known as the Geoscience Canadian Work-Environment Experience Competencies (CWECs). For more information on the CWECs, click HERE. *International experience can be used to demonstrate these competencies if the applicant describes how their experience is equivalent to the Canadian Environment.

Adoption Timeline

Competency Based Assessment came into effect in Newfoundland and Labrador as of September 1, 2021 and applies to all applications as of September 1, 2022. 

Further Information

To access the CBA system please visit the CBA website.

PEGNL has created a CBA Self-Assessment Submittal Checklist to assist Applicants in reviewing their Competency Self-Assessment before they submit it for Validation.

Our overview video includes further details and information. 

Please note: you must have a Member Number or Application-in-Progress number with PEGNL to create a Competency Assessment account.

Practice Standards & Guidelines

PEGNL publishes practice standards and guidelines for the purpose of educating its license holders and the public about matters of professional practice.

Practice Guideline for Authenticating Professional Documents

This Guideline describes how and when a professional member’s stamp and a permit holder’s stamp shall be used for authenticating professional documents.

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Guideline for Permit Holders and Companies Employing Engineers and Geoscientists

This Guideline specifies when a permit to practice is required. It also outlines the requirements of organizations operating under a permit to practice and the expectations of non-permit holding companies that employ engineers and/or geoscientists.

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Guideline for Areas of Practice Spanning Engineering and Geoscience

This Guideline explores the potential areas of overlap between geotechnical or geological engineering and engineering geology. It provides guidance for both professions working in this space, emphasizing the need for collaboration from both professions in certain situations to ensure that the primary mandate of public protection is met.

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Member-in-Training Applicants

Members-in-Training (Engineer-in-Training or Geoscientist-in-Training) meet the academic requirements for registration but have not yet fulfilled other requirements for registration.

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Professional Licensure Applicants

Professional licensure is granted to any applicant who meets the requirements for registration. There are two categories of professional licensure: (P. Eng.) and (P. Geo.).

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Professional Licensure Transfer Applicants

Professional engineers or geoscientists who are licensed and in good standing in another province or territory in Canada can transfer their registration to PEGNL.

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Limited Licensure Applicants

A limited licensee is a member of PEGNL who has the right to independently practice engineering or geoscience within a defined individualized scope of practice.

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Permit to Practice Applicants

Section 8(2) of the Act, 2008 requires that any entity that provides the services of a professional member to the public must have a Permit to Practice.

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Registration FAQs

PEGNL’s registration requirements, registration process and all other prominent questions and answers regarding registration are here.

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announcements & events

announcements

04.04.2024

Member Announcements – April 4

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

03.28.2024

Member Announcements – March 28

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

03.21.2024

Member Announcements – March 21

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

03.14.2024

Member Announcements – March 14

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

03.07.2024

Member Announcements – March 7

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

02.29.2024

Member Announcements – February 29

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

02.22.2024

Member Announcements – February 22

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

02.15.2024

Member Announcements – February 15

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

02.08.2024

Member Announcements – February 8

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

02.01.2024

Member Announcements – February 1

Our Member Announcements inform our license holders on PD opportunities, PEGNL, Industry and other general interest sessions which will improve and enhance the lives and careers of engineers and geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

events

April 5, 2023

Asset Management and Municipalities: Engineer’s Role

Location: Virtual

March 8, 2023

Beyond the Glass Ceiling

Location: Virtual

March 15, 2023

Deadline for PEGNL BoD Nominations

June 9, 2023

Annual AGM

Location: Virtual

January 23, 2023

NPPE Exam January 2023 Administration Dates

Location: Virtual

November 1, 2022

Annual License and Permit Renewals for 2023 Opens

Location: PEGNL Member Portal

February 24, 2023

Deadline to register with PEGNL for Spring/Summer 2023 Technical Examinations sitting

Location: Contact PEGNL