PRACTICE examination


We are changing to a computer-based National Professional Practice Examination



APEGA is proud to lead the initiative with many other constituent associations across Canada in changing to a modern, computer-based application of the National Professional Practice Examination (NPPE), starting October 19, 2015. This will result in several benefits for applicants:

  • multiple test locations in Alberta and Canada

  • more timeslots to choose from

  • faster exam results

  • practice exam now available

Refer to the general NPPE FAQs for basic information about the exam, such as how to apply, how long it takes to write, when results are available or where to find study materials.

Or, refer to the computer-based NPPE FAQs to learn about the exam since it became computerized, such as changes in the number of questions, writing locations, cost or allotted time.

Yardstick, a leader in online testing and training, has been chosen based on its excellent reputation in providing computer-based testing services to clients around the world, including large-sized associations such as the International Air Transport Association and the Insurance Institute of Canada.


Upcoming Dates and Deadlines


July 20, 2015: This is the last paper exam that you can register for. The current paper-based exam is two hours and has 100 questions. (Deadline date: June 1, 2015)

October 19, 2015: This will be the first computer exam (Deadline date: August 31, 2015)

All APEGA applicants, including Foreign Licensees and Professional Licensees, must pass the NPPE before they can become licensed to practice engineering or geoscience in Alberta.

The computer-based NPPE is a two-and-a-half-hour, 110-question, multiple choice exam that covers professionalism, law and ethics. Beginning in 2016, the computer-based exam will be available five times a year (January, March, June, September and November) in several Alberta centres and in other centres in North America by special arrangement.

Preparing for the Exam


An NPPE practice exam is now available.

The NPPE exam scope, syllabus and sample questions can be found here. Study materials are also available to help you prepare. You should refer to the National Professional Practice Exam Study Materials Information Sheet for more information.

When to apply

You can apply to write the NPPE once you have at least two years of engineering or geoscience work experience. You may not have to write the exam if you have passed a similar exam with another Canadian professional engineering or geoscience regulator.

How to apply


To apply to write the NPPE exam, APEGA applicants can submit an online exam application on the Member Self-Service Centre.

If you are applying for registration with APEGA, and have questions regarding the NPPE, contact the Professional Practice Exam Coordinator at nppe@apega.ca.

Exam results


Processing time for marks is about four weeks. Results are available prior to the registration deadline for the next exam date and are accessible on APEGA's Member Self-Service Centre. Results will not be provided by phone.


Special accommodations

You can request special testing accommodations if you have a documented disability. Please refer to Requests for Special Testing Accommodations for more information.


Description and Instructions





Special Accommodations

Request for Special Testing Accommodations

Scope and Syllabus

Scope and Syllabus of the Examination

Exam study materials

The National Professional Practice Examination Exam Study Materials Information Sheet. Textbooks can be ordered from the Member Self-Service Centre.


Frequently asked questions and answers