Course Outline


This seminar is offered to any one writing PEO PPE (Professional practice examination conducted by professional Engineers Ontario as part of Licensing process to be licensed engineer (P.Eng). It is two days seminar

Course Description

PPE consists of two parts Part A (Ethics-Professional Practice) and Part B (Law –Engineering Law and liability)

Day1: Part B will be covered
Day2: Part A will be covered (On Day2 First 45 minutes (Approximately) Part B will be reviewed)

PPE PART A – Professional Practice & Ethics

Definitions and interpretations of professional status; obligations that accompany the privileges of professional status; unregulated, state regulated, and self regulated practice; powers of the PEO in the self regulated profession of engineering in Ontario; reserved practice and reserved titles; disciplinary consequences of violation of the Regulations including the Code of Ethics, as distinct from the legal liability; the independent practitioner and the employee engineer acting as a representative or agent; supervision of unregistered persons by a professional engineer; responsibilities of holders of Limited Licenses; ethical considerations related to standards of practice

PPE PART B – Engineering Law & Professional Liability

Legal concepts and basics relevant to professional engineers including: the basic structure of the Canadian legal system, basics of business organizations; application of tort law principles in determining liability for negligence; limitation periods; essential elements and principles of contract law including grounds upon which a contract may be impeached; tendering issues, interpretation, discharge and breach of contracts; contracts limiting liability; engineering and other specific types of contracts; the Professional Engineers Act regulatory aspects; construction lien legislation; Competition Act issues of relevance to engineers; industrial property protection; employment laws; Human Rights Code Prohibitions against Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.

The seminar is highly interactive. Pre seminar electronic material, Power point presentations covering key topics, additional handouts apart from course material (Hardcopy), Code practice, group discussion to solve case study questions from past examinations are among the method used during teaching. After the course e-mail support is available     

Course (Seminar) Learning Objectives

Participants will be learning (1) Engineering law and liability as relates to their professional career (2) Professional practice guidelines they will be required to adhere and aware of as a  Professional Engineer. It will prepare them for the PEO PPE adequately there by reducing the preparatory time significantly (which they have to spend on their own). To enhance the participants confidence level to take the exam and actually ensure they will pass PPE first time

Contact information

The Seminar facilitator is Ramadoss Srinivasan P.Eng., who is a practicing professional engineer and facilitating this seminar from 2005 onwards. The contact information is given below. Preferred means of communication is by e-mail. Every effort will be made to respond to e-mail within 48 hours.


Suggested Text: Gordon C. Andrews: “Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics”, Fifth Edition, 2014, published by Nelson Education Ltd. ISBN: 0-17-650990-9

Suggested Text: D.L. Marston, “Law for Professional Engineers, Canadian and Global Insights” 4th Edition, 2008, McGraw-Hill Ryerson. ISBN: 978-0070985216

(The above books participants need to manage on their own. Books are available in standard book stores)

Seminar material (Hardcopy), additional handouts-given during the seminar and pre seminar materials sent by e-mail

Expectation of Seminar Participant commitment to the course

Participants are expected to review pre seminar material prior to seminar and participate during the seminar group discussions on case study. (Participants will be required to review the course material after the seminar on their own to ensure they write PPE with high confidence)

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