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. The exam is on Canadian law, ethics and professional practice, and it is not a technical exam.
The APEGS Professional Practice Examination is a three-hour, closed-book examination. The passing mark is 65%. 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, completing the Licensee probation period, and have received a letter from the Registrar granting you permission to write the exam.
Members-in-Training must have submitted at least one fully completed post-bachelor engineering or geoscience work experience report to the APEGS. The report can be for experience obtained anywhere in the world. This does not include experience reports submitted by international graduates who have been given the option to submit five years of work experience in order to waive confirmatory exams (these applicants must first be approved as a member-in-training before they are permitted to write the exam).
Note that 'post-bachelors' does not mean post-graduate, it means any experience obtained after receiving your bachelor degree. Pre-grad work experience does not count if you wish to write the exam.
The experience does not have to be approved in order for you to write the exam, the report simply needs to be at our office and has to be completed in full (all required signatures, etc).
See exam application and report submission deadline dates below.
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.
Fall 2017 Exam
- Fall deadlines have now passed.
Spring 2018 Exam
- March 16, 2018 - Registration deadline for spring exam and seminar AND deadline for submission of post-bachelors work experience report (if none submitted previously). The application form is in the Related Documents below. Note that Temporary Licensees who are writing the PPE do not have to submit any experience reports.
- March 16, 2018 - Last day to postpone or cancel seminar and/or exam (re-application would be required in the future if you don't notify us by this date that you wish to postpone or cancel)
- April 20 & 21, 2018 - Law and Ethics Seminar (Saskatoon)
- May 26, 2018, 9:00 am - Professional Practice Exam (Regina and Saskatoon)
The seminar runs from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm on Friday, including a networking reception at the end of the day 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 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 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 PPE on an alternate date or at an alternate location.
Refer to the following checklist for the application process:
PPE Applicants - Alternate Arrangement Checklist.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
5th 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 Fall 2017.pdf
2.0 Overview of Blue Book Fall 2017.pdf
3.1 Law - Intro Fall 2017.pdf
3.2 Law - Property Fall 2017.pdf
3.3 Law - Contracts Fall 2017.pdf
3.4 Law - Torts Fall 2017.pdf
3.5 Law - Dispute Resolution and Remedies Fall 2017.pdf
3.6 Law - Labour and Employment Fall 2017.pdf
3.7 Law - OHS Environment and Criminal Fall 2017.pdf
3.8 Law - Duty to Consult Fall 2017.pdf
4.0 Continuting Professional Development Fall 2017.pdf
5.0 Ethics Presentation Fall 2017.pdf
6.0 Professional Practice Exam Fall 2017.pdf
7.0 InvestigDisc Fall 2017.pdf
8.0 Prohibition Fall 2017.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
Achieving a Safe & Prosperous Future Through Engineering & Geoscience