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Technical Exams - Engineering

NOTICE - March 27, 2020: 

Due to COVID-19 the May 2020 technical exams are cancelled. You will be notified if/when the exams are rescheduled and any updates will be posted here.

This page explains the application process for engineer-in-training applicants who have been assigned technical exams by the Academic Review Committee.

If you have not had an academic review and have not been assigned exams, you should not be submitting an application to write technical exams.

Click here for more detailed information on APEGS exams program-engineering.

Exam Schedule and Fees

Technical Exams are offered twice a year in May and December. The May 2020 exams will be written May 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2020. Applications must be received by February 19, 2020. Late exam applications will be accepted until March 30, 2020 provided the requested exam has already been scheduled.  The last day to withdraw from, cancel or make any changes to an exam with a full refund is March 4, 2020. Credits are not granted if you are unable to appear for the exam once it is scheduled. 

Each exam costs $210.00 plus the applicable invigilation fees. If you wish to write outside of Canada, there is an additional $150.00 fee.

Invigilation fees for exams written at Saskatchewan locations, other than Regina, are up to $25.00 per hour. The total fee will be calculated once your exam application is received by APEGS.

The List of Allowable Aids is posted below. 

List of Allowable Aids 

NOTE: Exams written in Alberta and Ontario will be scheduled at slightly different times than listed on the table below. You will receive an email with the exam date and time. 

Information for exam candidates and exam formats can be found below.

Information for candidates 

If you have questions please contact Angela Foster afoster@apegs.ca  

Exam Application Process

1. Carefully read through the letter you received from APEGS to ensure you apply for the correct exam.

If you have been assigned confirmatory exams you must choose the exams you want to write. You must choose two exams from group A and one exam from group B of the appropriate syllabus below. You do not have to write all the exams at the same time. 

Canadian Engineering Qualification Board Syllabi















If you were assigned deficiencies, and you want to fulfill them by writing a challenge exam, you must write exams in the specific subjects that were assigned as deficiencies.

2. The May 2020 exam application is now posted above. You must print out the form and sign it. Email the signed form to afoster@apegs.ca and use the subject title "Technical Exam Application".  

Information for Technical Exams


Permitted Calculator Models

Format 1 - No calculator permitted.  The exam may be Closed or Open Book.                                         

Format 2 - There are two calculator models permitted for this format: either a Casio or Sharp model.  The exam may be Closed or Open Book.   Note, any alpha letters that immediately follows the calculator model number is fine except for the letter ‘s’ which means the calculator is programmable.  If the letter ‘s’ is in combination with other alpha letters then the calculator is acceptable i.e. ‘ms’. (Please note that “none” in the list of aids represents no further instructions for this exam.)

Format 3 - Any non-communicating calculator will be permitted.  The exam will be an Open Book exam.  Candidates will identify the calculator used on the inside left-hand sheet of the exam workbook; i.e., name and model designation. (Please note that “none” under aids and instructions means that you may bring as many textbook(s) or notes etc. into the exam. There are no restrictions with this format 3 exam.)   Please note space allocated to candidates writing open book exams will be the same as closed book exams.  Therefore you will need to limit the number of textbooks brought into the exam room. 

Writing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

It is possible to write the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering exam instead of confirmatory exams. You must register to write the exam directly with NCEES. The application fee is payable to NCEES at the time of registration. When you register to write the exam make sure you choose APEGS from the list of boards and partners. That way we will be notified of the results.

What Happens Next

1. Although the national technical exams are set by Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), APEGS will coordinate the exam writing process for you. APEGS will confirm receipt of your application by sending you a receipt for payement of the exam application fee.

2. The technical exam schedule will be posted on this page of the website as soon as it is made available by PEO. You should check here to find the date and time of your exam(s).

3. If you choose to write your exam in Regina, you must write it at the APEGS office and APEGS staff will invigilate for you. APEGS also has sites in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Yorkton and Saskatoon where we will arrange the invigilation service at a cost of $25.00 per hour. If you choose to write your exam in a location not listed here, you must arrange for someone to invigilate the exam for you. The invigilator must be either a P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered somewhere in Canada, or an administrative official with a post-secondary institution, or another suitable person pre-approved by APEGS. 

4. If you are not writing your exam at one of the pre-arranged APEGS locations, you must notify APEGS of the person who has agreed to invigilate your exam and you must provide their contact information including full name, address, phone number, and email address. APEGS will contact them to confirm they are willing to act as an invigilator and explain the process to them. You are responsible to pay for any additional invigilation fees.

5. APEGS will provide the exam paper and instructions to the invigilator. The invigilator will send the completed exam back to APEGS by courier. You are responsible to pay for the cost to send the exam back to APEGS. 

6. APEGS sends the exams to APEGA or PEO for marking. The results of your exam will be sent to you by mail approximately 45 working days after the last exam is written. 

7. You will not be permitted to view your exam after it has been marked. There is an option to request a re-read (cost of $330) if you do not agree with the result.


How do I find study materials to prepare for my exam?

PEO has information about recommended text books on their website https://peo.on.ca/licence-applications/become-professional-engineer/academic-requirements/technical-exam-program

You can also find examples of past exams on the EGBC website https://www.apeg.bc.ca/Become-a-Member/Academic-Examinations.

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