National Professional Practice Exam

The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) confirms knowledge of professionalism, law, and ethics. Eleven engineering and geoscience self-regulatory organizations in Canada use the NPPE.

Do I Need to Write the NPPE?

All applicants, including those applying for Foreign Licensees and Professional Licensees, must pass the NPPE before they can be licensed to practise. It is one of the requirements to become a Professional Member.

If you passed a similar exam from another Canadian professional engineering or geoscience self-regulatory organization, you may not need to write the NPPE. As part of the Board of Examiners (BOE) review of your application, it will notify you by letter if you must pass the NPPE. If the NPPE is your last requirement to obtaining a licence, you have one year from the date of the BOE’s letter to write the NPPE.

Registering for the NPPE

The exam is offered in January, March, June, September, and November. Each session for that month offers the exam five times: one morning and one afternoon slot over three days.

Exam Dates

Exam Dates Registration Deadline
June 13-15, 2016 April 22, 2016 Registration Closed
September 12-14, 2016 July 22, 2016
November 21-23, 2016 September 30, 2016
January 23-25, 2017 December 9, 2016
April 3-5, 2017 February 17, 2017
June 5-7, 2017 April 28, 2017
September 18-20, 2017 July 28, 2017
November 27-29, 2017 October 20, 2017

Registration opens once the registration deadline for the previous session has passed.

Members-in-Training and APEGA applicants with at least two years of engineering or geoscience experience can write the exam. You can register for the exam in the Member Self-Service Centre.

When you register, you will choose your preferred location from a list. After the registration deadline, you will receive an email confirming your exam location, date, and time, as well as any additional instructions.

Rescheduling & Cancelling

To reschedule or cancel your exam, email before the registration deadline. You cannot reschedule or cancel after the registration deadline.

Writing the NPPE

The exam has 110 multiple-choice questions based on 7 subject areas. You have 2.5 hours to complete it.

Two textbooks and several free websites are recommended as study materials to prepare for the NPPE.

Several practice tests are available to help you prepare for the NPPE. Practice tests 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.

Writing Outside Alberta

If you wish to write the exam outside of Alberta, you must specify your preferred location when you register for the exam. You must make this request at least four weeks before the exam registration deadline.

Applicants writing exams outside of Alberta must find a secure writing location and a proctor (a person who will supervise the exam). The location must be a business with a street address. If writing in Canada, the proctor must be a registered P.Eng., P.Geo., P.Geol., or P.Geoph. If you are writing the exam in the United States, the proctor must be a P.E.

Email the location and proctor information to for final approval. Extra charges apply – see the online exam application for information.

Special Accommodations

APEGA can accommodate special needs because of a medical condition, including:

  • extended testing time
  • extra breaks
  • reduced-distraction testing rooms
  • larger font

To submit a request, email a signed doctor’s letter on letterhead that:

  • was written within the last three years
  • describes in the disability
  • details the limitations caused by the disability
  • explains why special accommodation is needed

You must submit this information before the registration deadline. If received after the registration deadline, your exam will be rescheduled to the next session.

Exam Results

A score of 65% or greater is required to pass. You will not know your score. Exam results are either pass or fail based on your total number of correct answers. You are not penalized for incorrect answers.

Exam results are usually available in 3 to 4 weeks. The results will appear in your Member Self-Service Centre account. We do not provide results over the phone or by email.

If you failed the NPPE, APEGA will send you a report showing the subject areas that you were weak in.

If you fail four times in a row, you must wait one year before trying again. If you fail the exam again after waiting a year, you must wait another year before trying again. However, if you fail three times in a row and then skip the fourth session, you will be able to write another four times before being suspended.

To retake the exam, re-apply through the Member Self-Service Centre.