Professional Practice Examination

Prior to applying for the exam, please review the NPPE Candidate Guide for more information regarding the exam administration process.

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Before being granted registration as a professional member or licensee, you must pass the Professional Practice Examination. This computer-based exam is three and a half hours in length and consists of a two and a half hour, 110 question multiple-choice section, followed by a one hour essay section. The exam tests your knowledge of Canadian professional practice, law, and ethics.

The Professional Practice Examination can be attempted after you have submitted a completed application for registration or licence. Recommended study materials are available for purchase from our office.

You do not have to take the Professional Practice Examination if:

  • You are applying for registration/licence under the Inter-Association Mobility Agreement and are a professional engineer, professional geoscientist, professional geologist, professional geophysicist, ingénieur(e) or géologue in good standing with another Canadian association/ordre; or
  • You have previously passed a professional practice examination for an Engineers Canada or Geoscientists Canada constituent association/ordre; or
  • You are a former member whose practice rights have lapsed for three years or less; or
  • You are a non-practising member applying for reinstatement of practice rights that have lapsed for 3 years or less.
Please note that registering for the Professional Practice Exam will not automatically register you for the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar requirement.

Do I Qualify to Write the Exam?

You qualify to write the examination if you are a current engineer-in-training (EIT) or geoscientist-in-training (GIT) member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, or have submitted a completed application for professional engineer (P.Eng.), professional geoscientist (P.Geo.), engineering licensee (Eng.L.), or geosicence licensee (Geo.L.) status to the association.

Membership Application

To apply for professional membership as a P.Eng. or P.Geo., or for a limited license as a Eng.L. or Geo.L., please use the Online Membership Application.

W​hat are the Exam Dates?

Exam Date Application Deadline Date Deferral Deadline
September 14–16, 2020 July 17, 2020 August 13, 2020
November 23–25, 2020 October 9, 2020 October 23, 2020
January 25–27, 2021 December 11, 2020 December 18, 2020
April 12–14, 2021 February 26, 2021 March 12, 2021
June 14–16, 2021  May 7, 2021 May 14, 2021
August 30–September 1, 2021 July 15, 2021 July 30, 2021
November 8–10, 2021 October 1, 2021 October 8, 2021

Upon applying for the session of your choosing, you will be asked to select your preferred exam date, time, and location. Please note that your selections are not guaranteed until you are contacted by our exam provider closer to the testing dates.

The deferral deadline is the last day that you can request to defer your scheduled examination to another future session. Deferral requests can be submitted to [email protected].

Where Can I Take the Exam?

If you reside in Canada, there will be exam centres in most major cities.

If you reside in remote locations within Canada or outside of Canada, you will have the option to take the exam via virtual proctoring. Refer to the NPPE Candidate Guide for detailed information on the requirements.

Upon applying for the exam session of your choice, you will be asked to specify your test centre and prompted to enter in the contact information of your invigilator.

What do I Need to Study?

The following material below is recommended for preparation for the examination. Candidates should reference the updated National Professional Practice Exam Syllabus on APEGA's website.

Please note that to meet the latest advice from public health officials, our office is temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will not be able to place orders or ship the NPPE textbooks at this time.

Please monitor the website for updated information on when our office will reopen. In the meantime, we recommend that you purchase textbooks from another provider and that you take their delivery times into consideration. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

The textbooks are available for sale via the Online Store.

Sample Exams are available for a fee on APEGA's website.

The 1 hour Professional Practice Exam essay requires a selection of one of three topics to develop into an essay. You will be graded on your level of comprehension of the topic and your ability to communicate your response.

Please be aware that the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar is not an alternative to studying the textbooks. The seminar is supplementary material only.

Special Accommodation Requests

Special testing accommodations are only considered for candidates with diagnosed medical conditions. Any applicant requiring accommodation must contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC ahead of the examination date with their request. Accommodation can include:

  • Extended testing time
  • Extra breaks
  • Reduced-distraction testing rooms
  • Larger font

Requests can be made via email to [email protected]. Please attach documentation issued by a medical professional in the last 3 years that outlines the recommendations for any accommodation. Engineers and Geoscientists BC cannot guarantee that accommodations will be provided if requests and supporting documents are sent after the application deadline.

Approved special accommadation requests may incur an additional charge seperate from the exam application fee. This will be communicated to candidates after the exam application deadline.

How Many Times Can I Write This Exam?

You can write this examination three times. Each time you attempt the exam, you are required to pay the examination fee. Those who fail to pass the Professional Practice Exam in three sessions are required to wait 12 months before attempting the examination for a fourth time. All fourth or subsequent attempts will require a letter addressed to the Registration Committee requesting permission to attempt the exam again. The Registration Committee reviews and makes decisions regarding these requests on a case to case basis.

How Long Do I Need to Wait for Results of the PPE?

The results of the examination are released via email approximately 2-3 weeks after the examination date.  Engineers and Geoscientists BC will always release results prior to the next examination application deadline.

How Can I Apply for the Professional Practice Exam?

Applicants of Engineers and Geoscientists BC and current EIT or GIT members can apply and pay for the Professional Practice Exam through their Account.

How Much Does it C​ost?

Per Exam (Includes both Multiple Choice and Essay) $325.50 
Re-take Essay section only (if Multiple Choice section passed) $105.00
Re-take Multiple Choice section only (if Essay section passed) $325.50
Study Texts  
Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics by G. C. Andrews

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Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering, and Geoscience, Canadian Edition by B. M. Samuels and D. R. Sanders

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Study Kit (2 texts)

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Can I Claim the Exam Fees on My Income Taxes?

Beginning in 2011 and subsequent years, the federal government is allowing a tax credit for examination fees paid to an institution for examinations taken in the year, if the examination is required to obtain a professional status recognized by federal or provincial statute. For more information, please consult the federal government website.