Before being granted registration as a professional member or licensee, an applicant must pass the Professional Practice and Ethics Examination. The exam is 3.5 hours in length and consists of a 2.5 hour 120 question multiple-choice section and a 60-minute essay question. The examination tests an applicant’s knowledge of ethics, professional practice, business law, professional liability and responsibility to the public (see Scope and Syllabus).
To be eligible to write the Professional Practice and Ethics Examination, an applicant must have an active application for Professional Membership/Limited Licensure or be enrolled as a Geoscientist-in-Training and have submitted a change of designation request.
An applicant does not have to take the Professional Practice and Ethics Examination if:
The examination is graded as a “pass” or “fail”. Applicants who fail will receive a report showing their performance in each category of the syllabus. There is no penalty for wrong answers. The grade is final.
The pass mark is 65%. Pass marks may be slightly adjusted for individual sessions based on valid psychometric factors designed to ensure that over time, and among groups of applicants, pass-fail decisions are made on a consistent basis.
Starting October 19, 2015 the PPE Examination will be computer-based. APEGA has secured the services of Yardstick to administer the online PPE exam in secure testing locations across Canada. Yardstick maintains a large test centre network with hundreds of locations across Canada. The benefits of this improvement to the applicants include the following:
Several practice tests are available to help you prepare for the NPPE. Practice test questions are ones used on previous NPP exams. The practice test gives you detailed feedback showing you your areas of strength and weakness in terms of learning. To best use the practice tests, we recommend that you take one early in your studying process and then later to determine which areas you still need to focus on.
The practice test site also sells an NPPE preparation package, which includes the two textbooks and access to a 100-question practice test at a discounted price. ORDER PRACTICE TESTS ORDER AN NPPE PREPARATION PACKAGE
An applicant is qualified to write the examination if they are a current G.I.T. member of APGO and have submitted a change of designation request, or if they have submitted a completed application for Professional or Limited membership to APGO.
The schedule for upcoming PPE examinations is as follows:
The form, Application to Write the Professional Practice and Ethics Examination, must be used when applying. The completed application must accompany the fee of $241.50 (G.S.T. included) and must be received by THE DEADLINE TO APPLY DATE.
Yardstick will be booking the applicants in based on their preferred location, date, and time. All candidates will receive an email from Yardstick confirming their booking which outlines the date, time, and location that they will be taking the NPPE. This is the booking confirmation email. Applicants are requested to print off the confirmation email and to bring it with them to the testing centre on exam day along with a piece of government-issued photo ID.
An applicant can write the PPE examination three times. Please note that for each time an applicant writes, they have to submit the examination fee. Membership and registration may not be granted for those who fail to pass the Professional Practice and Ethics Examination on this third attempt.
The recommended study material has been divided into two categories. Apart from the textbooks, other suggested study material may be downloaded from the websites provided.
1. Recommended Texts and Related Acts/Regulations:
Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics: Sixth Edition (2018) – Gordon C. Andrews;
Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering and Geoscience, Second Canadian Edition (2010) – Brian M. Samuels and Doug R. Sanders;
2. Additional References:
Additional useful reference material is posted on many of the other professional engineering and geoscience association websites. Two such examples on the APEGA website are:
Each question, except for the essay question, is multiple-choice with four possible answers. Old examinations are not available, however, sample test questions are provided (Review sample PPE exam questions).
Other Study Aids:
A number of independent companies, colleges and universities in Ontario offer seminars and workshops that prepare candidates for PPE exams. Most of the seminars and workshops available at present are more tailored for the PPE exam set by Professional Engineers of Ontario for those who are in the process of registering as a P.Eng. However, as the APGO PPE exam is based on the National Professional Practice Examination, much of the material covered in these seminars would be directly relevant. Also in a number of locations in Ontario, groups of members of APGO are independently approaching course providers to arrange workshops or are organizing local study groups.
The current listing of courses, workshops and additional references on this website have not been approved or sanctioned in any way by APGO, but are provided as a service to interested PPE exam applicants.
Applicants requiring assistance preparing for their Professional Practice Exam (PPE) may seek additional resources on the Internet using their preferred search engine.
Suggested search term: Professional Practice Exam
There are also Law and Ethics Education CDs that can be purchased from APEGBC.