Professional Practice Examination
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 the APEGBC 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
- 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 three years or less.
Do I Qualify to Write the Exam?
You qualify to write the examination if you are a current EIT or GIT member of APEGBC, or have submitted a completed application for P.Eng., P.Geo., Eng.L., or Geo.L. status to APEGBC.
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 >
What are the Exam Dates?
Application Deadline Date
|April 3 – 5, 2017
||February 17, 2017
|June 5 – 7, 2017
||April 28, 2017
|September 20 – 22, 2017
||July 28, 2017
|November 28 – 30, 2017
||October 20, 2017
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.
Where can I take the Exam?
If you reside in the province of British Columbia, there will be exam centres in most major cities.
If you reside in a remote location either in British Columbia or outside of the province, you will have the option to take the exam at your location; however, you would need the following:
- A Canadian licensed P.Eng./P.Geo. or US State Board licensed P.E. that can act as your invigilator (Individual must be present in the room during your exam).
- A computer with a functioning webcam and microphone/speaker.
- A stable internet connection.
Upon applying for the exam session of your choice, you will be asked to specify your preferred location and prompted to enter in the contact information of your inviglator if necessary.
What do I Need to Study?
The following material below is recommended for preparation for the examination. To help hone your study, please review the NPPE Scope and Syllabus
The textbooks are availible for sale via the Online Store.
Sample Exams are available for a fee on APEGA's website.
The one 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
Any applicant requiring accommodation must contact APEGBC ahead of the examination date with their request. Accommodation can include:
- Extended testing time;
- Extra breaks;
- Reduced-distraction testing rooms; and
- Larger font.
Requests can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please attach documentation issued by a medical professional that outlines the requirements for accommodation.
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 four weeks after the examination date.
How Can I Apply for the Professional Practice Exam?
Current EIT or GIT members and applicants of APEGBC can apply and pay for the Professional Practice Exam through the Member Portal
How Much Does it Cost?
|Per Exam (Includes both Multiple Choice and Essay)
|Re-take Essay section only (if Multiple Choice section passed)
|Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics by G. C. Andrews
Picked up from APEGBC office
|Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering, and Geoscience, Canadian Edition by B. M. Samuels and D. R. Sanders
Picked up from APEGBC office
|Study Kit (2 texts)
Picked up from APEGBC office
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.