An applicant must pass the Professional Practice and Ethics (PPE) examination before being granted professional registration. PGO normally includes Ontario and geoscience specific questions in the form of 20 multiple choice questions and one essay question. These questions are currently undergoing review so have been temporarily removed. The exam is currently 2.5 hours long and consists of 110 multiple choice questions. The examination is designed to test the applicant’s knowledge of ethics, professional practice, business law, professional liability and responsibility to the public. Each question is multiple choice with four possible answers.

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. 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 PPE exam.

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.

The Professional Practice and Ethics exam is computer-based, and is run through the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). APEGA have 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, giving the added benefits of more time slots to choose from and faster processing times.

Who can take the exam?

What are the exam dates?

Scope and Syllabus - Candidate Guide

Study Aids and Online Practice Tests

To apply to write the exam, complete the form and send it directly to APEGA, along with the application fee of $262.50 (GST included). It must be received by the deadline to apply to be accepted.

Yardstick will be booking applicants 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 exam. This is the booking confirmation email. Applicants are requested to print off the confirmation email and bring it to the testing centre on exam day, along with a piece of government issued photo ID.

Click here to view PPE testing Centres.

Click here to view the full PPE Candidate Guide.

Testing Accommodations

If you have a disability and require an accommodation to take the exam, please click on APEGA's NPPE Candidate Guide and refer to page 5 of the document for details.

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