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Professional Practice Exam
Transition to the National Professional Practice Exam
As part of the qualification for registration as a professional member or engineering or geoscience licensee, members are required to pass a professional practice exam on Canadian law, ethics and professionalism.
In the past, APEGS has administered its own three-hour, closed-book examination. The NPPE will now be consistent across most of the Regulators in Canada, making the exam process transferable.
About the Professional Practice Exam (PPE)
It is required that you pass the PPE 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 National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) administered by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) for its regular sittings of the PPE. The NPPE is a three-hour, closed-book examination. The passing mark is 65%. Refer to the NPPE Candidate Guide: NPPE Candidate Guide.
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
- an Engineering or Geoscience 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.
NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON THE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AT THE TIME.
Fall 2021 Law & Ethics Seminar and Exam - Will be offered online.
- August 13, 2021 - Registration deadline for fall exam and seminar and applications for special accommodations. The application form is in the Related Documents below.
- September 17 & 18, 2021 - Law and Ethics Seminar (Online)
At this time, exams are being conducted remotely with virtual proctoring, as test centre locations are closed. Candidates will be sent an email from Yardstick with instructions on how to book their remote exam date and time (based on availability).
Spring 2022 Law & Ethics Seminar and Exam - Currently planned for in-person (subject to change depending on COVID-19 restrictions).
- March 11, 2022 - Registration deadline for fall exam and seminar and applications for special accommodations. The application form is in the Related Documents below.
- April 22 and 23, 2022 - Law and Ethics Seminar (Saskatoon)
- TBA - NPPE dates
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.
You may submit the completed form by email to email@example.com, mail to the APEGS office or fax to 306-525-0851.
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 attending the Law & Ethics seminar and/or 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 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. Please see the exam application form below.
- Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics 6th edition by Andrews
- Available from Top Hat Publishing in either hard copy or e-book.
- Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering, and Geoscience 3rd edition by Samuels and Sanders
- Available from Pearson in either hard copy or e-book.
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
0.0 Welcome and Introduction Spring 2021.pdf
1.0 Introduction to Professionalism Spring 2021.pdf
2.0 Overview of Blue Book Spring 2021.pdf
3.1 Law - Intro Spring 2021.pdf
3.2 Law - Property Spring 2021.pdf
3.3 Law - Contracts Spring 2021.pdf
3.4 Law - Torts Spring 2021.pdf
3.5 Law - Dispute Resolution and Remedies Spring 2021.pdf
3.6 Law - Labour and Employment Spring 2021.pdf
3.7 Law - OHS Environment and Criminal Spring 2021.pdf
3.8 Law - Duty to Consult Spring 2021.pdf
4.0 Ethics Presentation Spring 2021.pdf
6.0 Investigation and Discipline slides Spring 2021.pdf
7.0 Prohibition Spring 2021.pdf
8.0 Conclusion Spring 2021.pdf
APEGS Good Character Guideline
A Guide to Copyrights
A Guide to Patents
A Guide to Trade Marks
Energy Conservation Is an Ethic
Engineers Canada Guideline on the Professional Engineering Practice in Canada
Engineers Canada Guideline on the Professional Practice Examination
The Fable of the Consulting Engineer
Canadian Law Overview
Engineers Canada Good Character Guideline
Engineers Canada Guideline on Environment and Sustainability
Engineers Canada Principles on Climate Change Adaptation for Engineers
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Regulating the professions. Protecting the public.