Changes Coming to Professional Practice Exam

Posted on May 7, 2015
Before being granted registration as an engineering or geoscience professional member or licensee, candidates must pass the Professional Practice Exam (PPE). The exam tests knowledge of Canadian professional practice, law, and ethics. APEGBC and most of the other Canadian engineering and geoscience regulatory bodies will shortly be switching from a paper-based to a computer-based exam.

 Switching to a computer-based system has been under discussion for several years by members of the National Professional Practice Examination Advisory Committee (NPPEAC). The move to discontinue the paper-based system is motivated by its being administratively labour intensive, highly manual, and not as secure as computer-based testing.

The last paper exam will be held in July 2015 and the first computer exam will follow in October 2015. Below is a table outlining the key changes to the format and delivery of the exam:

Current PPE Format
(Until July 20, 2015 Session)
New PPE Format
 (Effective October 19, 2015 Session)
Paper-based exam Computer-based exam
Available only in select locations Available at various testing centres in BC and worldwide
Exam for each session offered only on one day in the morning Exam for each session offered over a three-day period with morning and afternoon sessions
3 hours total exam time 3.5 hours total exam time
100 multiple choice questions (2 hours) 110 multiple choice questions (2.5 hours)
1-hour essay section 1-hour essay section
Approximately 6 weeks for results Approximately 3-4 weeks for results


Questions regarding the new format of the Professional Practice Exam may be directed to Jason Ong at [email protected] or 604.412.4877, toll-free 1.888.430.8035 ext. 4877.

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