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Please note that due to COVID-19, exam sessions have transitioned to a computer-based format offered through virtual proctoring. This method of exam delivery allows candidates to take exams from the safety of their own home or office.

The status and updates of upcoming online exam sessions are available on the Status of Online Academic Exams page.

It is highly recommended to check the page regularly.

About the Category

Academic examinations may be assigned by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia to:

  • Demonstrate your knowledge of your discipline
  • To supplement your academic qualifications

Specific examinations are assigned to you by Engineers and Geoscientists BC after a detailed assessment of your academics. Do not sign up for examinations before they are officially assigned.

What Are the Examination Dates and Deadlines?

Examination Session Deadline to Apply
Fall 2021 (October - December) August 27, 2021
Spring/Summer 2022 (May - July) March 4, 2022
Fall 2022 (October - November) August 12, 2022

What Do I Need to Study?

You need to study the topics outlined in the engineering or geoscience syllabus. The examination will be based on these topics only.

You may use any textbooks you wish, but you may want to refer to your specific syllabus for a list of recommended textbooks. Note that those applying to write geoscience examinations will also be contacted regarding the recommended study material.

Textbooks are not available at Engineers and Geoscientists BC but past engineering examinations are available online.

Please note: If you have been assigned examinations after a detailed assessment of your non-engineering degree against the syllabus of required topics in your discipline of engineering, some of the experience you acquired prior to completing the assigned topics may not be credited towards the required four of satisfactory experience years until all assessed deficiencies have been cleared, either by successfully completing the necessary examinations or by passing approved equivalent courses. Credit is typically given for up to one year of experience gained prior to completion of academic requirements if it is supervised by an appropriate professional and meets the Competency Framework or Satisfactory Experience Guidelines set by Engineers and Geoscientists BC. This is examined on a case-by-case basis.

How Do I Apply to Write an Examination?

Please refer to the Academic Examination Regulations for information about the examinations.

If you have already been assigned academic examinations and wish to apply, please log onto your account.

Note that you do not need to take all of the assigned examinations at one time but you do need to make sure that you finish your academic examinations before your examination deadline, as specified in your exam assignment letter.

Deferring an Examination

If you have already applied to challenge an exam(s) during one of the exam sessions and wish to defer taking it until a later session, please login to your account. Note that there is a $231.00 deferral fee for each exam that is postponed.

How Much Does it Cost?

  • All prices are subject to GST
Per examination $360.00
Defer examination to a subsequent session $220.00
Examination re-read per examination $200.00

Can I Claim the Exam Fees on My Income Taxes?

Since 2011, the federal government has allowed a tax credit for examination fees paid to an institution 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