Professional Practice Examinations

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 registrant, applicants must pass the Professional Practice Examination. This computer-based exam is 3.5 hours in length and consists of a 2.5-hour, 110 question, multiple-choice section, followed by a 1-hour essay section. The exam tests the applicant’s knowledge of Canadian professional practice, law, and ethics.

The Professional Practice Examination can be attempted after the submission of an application for registration. Recommended study materials are available for purchase from our office.

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.

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

  • You are applying for registration under the Inter-Association Mobility Agreement and are a professional engineer, professional geoscientist, ingénieur(e) or géologue in good standing with another Canadian organization/ordre; or
  • You have previously passed a professional practice examination for an Engineers Canada or Geoscientists Canada constituent organization/ordre; or
  • You are a former registrant whose practice rights have lapsed for 3 years or less; or
  • You are a non-practising registrant 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?

To qualify to write the examination, applicants must be registered as a trainee with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, or have submitted an application for professional engineer (P.Eng.), professional geoscientist (P.Geo.), professional engineering licensee (P.L.Eng.), or professional geoscience licensee (P.L.Geo.) status to the organization.

Registration Application

To apply for registration, please use the Online Registration Application.

Booking and Confirmation

Closer to the exam session, candidates will be sent an email from Yardstick with instructions on how to book your date and time for the exam (based on availability). It is important to check your junk email folder to ensure that the email is not accidentally filed there. Should you not receive an email with this confirmation information at least 4 weeks prior to the examination date, you should contact Yardstick immediately and request that an exam granted email be resent to you: [email protected].

Upcoming Exam Dates

Please note that exam registration for each session closes at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on the application deadline date.

Exam Date Application Deadline Date
(by 5:00 PM Pacific Time)
Deferral Deadline
August 30–September 1, 2021 July 15, 2021 July 15, 2021*
November 8–10, 2021 October 1, 2021 October 1, 2021*
January 24-26, 2022 December 3, 2021 December 3, 2021*
April 4-6, 2022 February 18, 2022 February 18, 2022*
June 6-8, 2022 April 29, 2022 April 29, 2022*
August 22-24, 2022 June 30, 2022 June 30, 2022*
November 7-9, 2022 September 23, 2022 September 23, 2022*
*These deferral deadlines have been revised to correspond with the application deadline dates. These changes have been made to align with the deadline dates nationally and are required in order to ensure that we are able to schedule examinations efficiently.

How Do I Defer My Exam?

The registration deadline is the last day that you can request to defer your scheduled examination to another future session. Exam candidates can defer their examination online at any time prior to the registration deadline of each exam session. To defer your examination please follow these steps:

  1. Access the Application for Professional Practice Exam (login required).
  2. Select ‘Change Your Upcoming Exam Session’.
  3. Select the exam you wish to defer by ticking the checkbox of the appropriate exam session.
  4. Choose a future session to move the exam you selected.
  5. Click ‘Continue’ to proceed with your change.

Additional questions regarding deferral requests may be submitted to [email protected] .

Where Can I Take the Exam?

Please note that due to COVID-19, exam sessions since April 2020 have been strictly held in virtual proctoring format. We anticipate this will continue for the remaining sessions in 2021 and until further notice. Our service provider (APEGA) has not determined when testing centres will be available for candidates.

Most major cities in Canada have exam centres where the exam can be taken. If you reside in a remote location in Canada or outside of Canada, candidates 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, candidates will be asked to specify the test centre and prompted to enter the contact information of their invigilator.

What do I Need to Study?

Our office is currently closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 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] with any questions or concerns.

The materials listed below are recommended for preparation for the examination. Candidates should reference the updated National Professional Practice Exam Syllabus on APEGA's website.

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

The 1-hour Professional Practice Exam essay format requires the candidate to select 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 accommodation requests may incur an additional charge separate 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 3 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 3 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 Credentials Committee requesting permission to attempt the exam again. The Credentials Committee reviews and makes decisions regarding these requests on a case-to-case basis.

How Long Do I Need to Wait for Results?

The results of the examination are released through the Application Status portal (login required) approximately 3–4 weeks after the examination date. Engineers and Geoscientists BC will always release results prior to the next examination application deadline.

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Applying for the Professional Practice Exam

Applicants of Engineers and Geoscientists BC and registered trainees can apply and pay for the Professional Practice Exam through their Account.

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Can I Claim the Exam Fees on My Income Taxes?

Examination fees paid to a professional body may be eligible for a tuition tax credit if the examination is required to obtain a professional status recognized by federal or provincial statute. For more information, please consult the tax guide on the Canada Revenue Agency website.