Technical exams confirm the quality, depth, and breadth of your engineering or geoscience degree. The exams are based on university courses.

Do I Need to Write Technical Exams?

When the APEGA Board of Examiners (BOE) reviews your application, it may decide that you need to write technical exams or take equivalent university courses.

For engineering applicants, if you take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, you do not need to take technical exams unless your engineering discipline is not covered in the FE exam.

You also have the option to take equivalent university courses instead of writing the exams.

If the BOE decides you need to take an exam or course, APEGA will mail you an assessment letter.

The letter will state:

  • if you must write exams and/or take courses
  • which exams and/or courses you must take
  • what you must do after passing the exams or completing the courses

After receiving the assessment letter, you have 3 options:

  1. write the exams and/or take the courses
  2. request a reassessment
  3. withdraw your application

Exam Types

Technical exams are grouped in two categories:

  1. Group A
  2. Group B

The BOE letter will list which exams from groups A and B you must take.

For example:

98-Pet-Two from Group A plus One from Group B

This means that you must take 2 petroleum engineering exams from Group A and 1 petroleum engineering exam from Group B as listed in the petroleum engineering syllabi and exam descriptions.

Registering for Technical Exams

Technical exams are offered each May and December with registration opening about 4 months before. We will post exam dates and the registration form on the website then.

You can register for a technical exam in the Member Self-Service Centre. APEGA will process your application. In one to two weeks, you will receive a confirmation letter and a receipt.

Exam Dates

Exam Dates Registration Deadline
November 28 – December 2, 2016 August 22, 2016

Rescheduling & Cancelling

To reschedule or cancel your exam, email before the registration deadline. You will not receive a refund if you reschedule or cancel after the registration deadline.

Writing Technical Exams

You can write a technical exam at APEGA’s offices in Edmonton and Calgary. If you obtain APEGA’s approval, you can write the exams at a different engineering or geoscience regulatory association in Canada.

You will have three hours to write most exams. Some exams are open book, and some exams allow only limited items in the exam room. APEGA will provide you with all of these details about one month before the exam date.

APEGA does not write or administer the exam. Therefore, we do not know the number of questions, the format of questions (for example, short answer or multiple choice), or total marks available.

Study Materials

APEGA will email you suggested study material about one month before your exam date.

APEGA does not provide of samples of technical exams.

For engineering exams, you can view Professional Engineers Ontario’s list of suggested study material for each engineering exam.

APEGA cautions you against relying heavily on these recommended textbooks because exam questions are based on the exam description in the APEGA syllabus and not the textbooks. Use the textbooks as general guides only and supplement them with additional textbooks of your choice.

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia lists past exams for engineering and geoscience.

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 technicalexams@apega.caa 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 50% or greater is required to pass. However, higher scores may let you waive some of the other exams.

APEGA will email you when you can view your interim results in theMember Self-Service Centre, which is usually 45 business days after the exam date.

Results are not final until the BOE approves them, but interim results will help you decide whether to apply for additional technical exams. APEGA will mail you the final results. We do not release results by telephone or in person.

We do not return the exams to the applicants, nor do we provide the answers. If you failed your exam, we automatically review it to confirm the score. You can request a formal re-read of your exam for a non-refundable fee of $315.

Failed Exams

If you failed a Group-A exam, you must retake it at the next available session.

If you failed a Group-B exam, you may retake it or you can choose a different exam from Group B.

If you failed all of your assigned exams, you must wait one year before writing them again, at which time you must pass all of the assigned exams.

If you fail all of your assigned exams a second time, you must successfully complete 5 third-year or fourth-year university courses in your discipline before you can write APEGA’s technical exams.

For engineering applicants, if you take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, you do not need to take wait, retake, or take additional technical exams unless your engineering discipline is not covered in the FE exam.

Withdrawing an Application

If you do not want to write the exams or take university courses, you can withdraw your application.

APEGA withdraws all applications that are inactive for two years or more. Membership and exam fees are not refunded.

If your application is withdrawn, either voluntarily or by APEGA due to inactivity, you can re-activate your application later. Some applicants withdraw their applications to gain more experience or complete post-graduate studies. Should you wish to re-activate your application, you will be reassessed under the policies that apply at that time, and you must pay the application fee in place at that time. APEGA retains applications for seven years, after which they are destroyed if still inactive.