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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.
Following are the requirements to be eligible to write the Professional Practice Exam (PPE).

Upon registration as a member-in-training.

Engineering Licensees and Geoscience Licensee Applicants
Upon receipt of letter from the Registrar advising of eligibility to apply to write the PPE.

Requirements for all Applicants
As of January 1, 2019, with the exception of licensee applicants, anyone wishing to apply to write the PPE must be compliant with the CPD Program requirements. Please see this page for more information: https://www.apegs.ca/Portal/Pages/Continuing-Professional-Development(CPD)

Special Circumstances
In special circumstances, the Registrar, or his/her designate, may make an exception and allow candidates to write the PPE outside of the above noted parameters.


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 2020 Law & Ethics Seminar and Exam (UPDATED as of July 24, 2020

  • September 1, 2020 - Registration deadline extended for fall exam and seminar and applications for special accommodations. The application form is in the Related Documents below.  
  • October 5 - November 25, 2020 - The Law and Ethics Seminar will now be offered virtually. Those candidates that were registered for one of the previously scheduled in-person seminars for the fall 2020 will be receiving information via email about accessing the virtual seminar. This seminar is ONLY available for those candidates writing the exam in November 2020.
  • November 23 - 25, 2020 - Professional Practice Exam will be administered and delivered remotely. Those candidates that were registered for the November 7, 2020 sitting of the exam will be receiving information via email about registering for the exam date.

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.

Guideline - Alt Arrangement and Special Accommodation for PPE Writing - October 2016.pdf

Alternate Arrangements

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

Special Accommodations

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.  

PPE Special Accommodations Application_fillable PDF.pdf

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.

Exam Fees

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 professional-practice-exam@apegs.ca 

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.

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