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Professional Practice Exam
About the Exam
It is required that you pass the professional practice exam as part of the qualification for registration as a professional member or an engineering or geoscience licensee. The exam is on Canadian law, ethics and professional practice, and is not a technical exam.
The APEGS Professional Practice Examination is a three-hour, closed-book examination. The passing mark is 65%. Refer to the Exam Conduct Policy. PPE3.0 Exam Conduct - Sept 2019.pdf
Candidates caught cheating on the exam may be:
- given a grade of zero;
- referred to the Registrar’s Advisory Committee (See the APEGS Good Character Guideline in the Related Document Links below); and
- have a complaint laid against them to the APEGS Investigation Committee for Professional Misconduct (unethical behaviour).
Eligibility to Write the Exam
Please read this entire web page carefully before completing the application form below.
Before you can apply for the exam, you must be registered with APEGS as:
- an Engineer-in-Training;
- a Geoscientist-in-Training;
- a Temporary Licensee, or
- a Licensee Applicant, having completed, or in the process of completing the Licensee probation period, and have received a letter from the Registrar granting you permission to write the exam.
Registration deadlines, seminar and exam dates:
Note: No applications will be accepted after the deadlines and we are unable to email receipts to you, they will be mailed.
Spring 2020 Law & Ethics Seminar (April 17 & 18, 2020) and Exam (May 30, 2020) - POSTPONED as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you were registered for the spring seminar or exam, you will be receiving notification from APEGS of our plans to reschedule these events.
Fall 2020 Law & Ethics Seminar and Exam (assuming the provincial State of Emergency has been relaxed to allow for group gatherings)
- August 14, 2020 - Registration deadline for fall exam and seminar and applications for special accommodations. The application form is in the Related Documents below.
- September 25 & 26, 2020 - Law and Ethics Seminar (Regina)
- October 2 & 3, 2020 - Law and Ethics Seminar (Saskatoon) NEW***
- November 7, 2020 - 9:00 am - Professional Practice Exam (Regina and Saskatoon)
Spring 2021 Law & Ethics Seminar and Exam
- March 12, 2021 - Registration deadline for spring exam and seminar and applications for special accommodations. The application form is in the Related Documents below.
- April 9 & 10, 2021 - Law and Ethics Seminar (Saskatoon)
- May 29, 2021 - 9:00 am - Professional Practice Exam (Regina and Saskatoon)
The seminar runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and 8:30 am to approximately 4:30 pm on Saturday. You will be notified of the exact location of the seminar and exam approximately two weeks prior to the date.
Alternate Arrangements and Special Accommodations for Writing the Exam
Please refer to the Alternate Arrangements and Special Accommodations for Writing the Professional Practice Exam – Members’ Guideline for more detailed information.
It is possible to request an alternate location or date for writing the PPE. Examinations will always be held in Regina and Saskatoon each spring and fall and will be arranged for other locations if warranted. Applicants should indicate their first choice of examination location on the application form and, if the first choice is not Regina or Saskatoon, give either Regina or Saskatoon as a second choice on the application form or an alternate location (see next paragraph). Alternate locations are approved on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified of the exact location of the exam approximately two weeks prior to the date.
APEGS may, at its discretion, arrange for the exam to be held on an alternate date or another location anywhere in the world.
In all cases, an alternate arrangements fee of $250 plus 5% GST will be assessed. Note that there are some exceptions to this fee – refer to the checklist referenced below and to the Special Accommodation section.
A written request to write the Professional Practice Exam on an alternate date or in an alternate location, including reasons, must be submitted to the APEGS office along with the exam application form, and all fees including the special arrangement fee. If the Professional Practice Exam is written in a location other than Regina or Saskatoon and the completed exam is lost in transit by the courier, the candidate will be required to re-write using a special exam as soon as possible. A minimum of one month's notice is required to write the Professional Practice Exam on an alternate date or at an alternate location.
Refer to the following checklist for the application process:
PPE Applicants - Alternate Arrangement Checklist - Updated as of Apr-29-2020.pdf
Candidates with identified disabilities or special needs can apply for special accommodations for writing the PPE. There is no charge for these arrangements.
In order to apply for consideration of special accommodations, application packages must be submitted to the APEGS office along with the exam application form, and all fees.
All applications for special accommodations will be reviewed for approval/denial by the APEGS Professional Practice Exam Committee and the applicant will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision. Please allow at least 2 months for the committee to review your application prior to the exam date.
The registration fee for both the exam and seminar is $305 plus 5% GST. Attendance at the seminar is not compulsory for exam candidates but no reduction in fees is available for those who do not to attend. The seminar is an excellent resource for preparing you for professional practice as well as for the exam.
Exam Study Materials
Exam candidates are responsible for the following materials, which are available from the Association office. These may be ordered using the exam application form attached below.
- Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics
6th edition by Andrews - $130.00 (includes $6.19 GST)
- Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering, and Geoscience
3rd edition by Samuels and Sanders $130.00 (includes $6.19 GST)
Some of the material that is provided at the Law and Ethics Seminar is attached below, although not all material provided at the seminar is posted here. Please refer to the attachment below named 'List of Law and Ethics Seminar Material' for further information. If you have any questions after reviewing all of the attachments below, please call the APEGS office at 1-800-500-9547 (anywhere in North America) or 306-525-9547 (in Regina) or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Video - Brief overview of the PPE
Below is a link to a video of the brief overview of the PPE on the APEGS YouTube channel.
1.0 Introduction to Professionalism Spring 2020.pdf
2.0 Overview of Blue Book Spring 2020.pdf
3.1 Law - Intro Spring 2020.pdf
3.2 Law - Property Spring 2020.pdf
3.3 Law - Contracts Spring 2020.pdf
3.4 Law - Torts Spring 2020.pdf
3.5 Law - Dispute Resolution and Remedies Spring 2020.pdf
3.6 Law - Labour and Employment Spring 2020.pdf
3.7 Law - OHS Environment and Criminal Spring 2020.pdf
3.8 Law - Duty to Consult Spring 2020.pdf
4.0 Ethics Presentation Spring 2020.pdf
5.0 Professional Practice Exam Spring 2020.pdf
7.0 Prohibition Spring 2020.pdf 6.0 InvestigDisc Spring 2020.pdf
APEGS Good Character Guideline
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A Guide To Industrial Design
A Guide To Integrated Circuit Topographies
A Guide to Patents
A Guide to Trade Marks
Energy Conservation Is an Ethic
Environmental Guidelines for APEGS Members
Engineers Canada Guideline on the Professional Engineering Practice in Canada
Engineers Canada Guideline on the Professional Practice Examination
Gilbane Gold Possible Complaints
The Fable of the Consulting Engineer
Canadian Law Overview
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Regulating the professions. Protecting the public.