National Professional Practice Exam Syllabus | APEGA

National Professional Practice Exam Syllabus

A new syllabus for the NPPE was approved in 2017 and will take effect with the administration of the September 2018 NPPE administration. The new 2017 NPPE syllabus is very similar to the old syllabus and is mainly a reorganization and consolidation of the topic areas. As such the resources to prepare for the NPPE will not change and there is no advantage or disadvantage to candidates taking the NPPE exam under the old or new syllabus. The content on this website will switch over to display the new 2017 NPPE syllabus around June 14, 2018. The new syllabus includes additional description information regarding each syllabus area.

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The National Professional Practice Exam has 7 syllabus subject areas. The questions are distributed on the exam according to the percentages shown.

A. Professionalism (10%)

  1. A.1 Definition and Interpretation of Professionalism and Professional Status
  2. A.2 The Roles and Responsibilities of Professionals in Society
  3. A.3. Engineering and Geoscience Professions in Canada; Definitions and Scopes of Practice
  4. A.4 The Value of Engineering and Geoscience Professions to Society
  5. A.5 The Roles and Responsibilities of Professionals to Management

B. Ethics (20%)

  1. B.1 The Role of Ethics in Society; Cultures and Customs
  2. B.2 Classical and Modern Ethical theories and Principles
  3. B.3 Codes of Ethics of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Canada
  4. B.4 Ethical Standards and Codes and Their Relationship to the Conduct of a Professional
  5. B.5 Common Ethical Issues and Dilemmas; Making Ethical Decisions

C. Professional Practice (27%)

  1. C.1 Professional Accountability for Work, Workplace Issues, Job Responsibilities, and Standards of Practice
  2. C.2 Relations with Other Professionals and Non-Professionals; Business Practices
  3. C.3 Statutory and Non-Statutory Standards and Codes of Practice
  4. C.4 Insurance, Risk Management, and Quality Management; Due Diligence
  5. C.5 Environmental Responsibilities and Sustainable Development
  6. C.6 Use of Software, Computers and Internet-based Tools; Liability for Software Errors
  7. C.7 Documentation Authentication and Control
  8. C.8 Duty to Inform; Whistleblowing

D. Communication (1%)

  1. D.1 Legal, Ethical, and Practical Aspects of Communication
  2. D.2 The Professional Relationship
  3. D.3 Communication Skills

E. Law for Professional Practice (23%)

  1. E.1 The Canadian Legal System
  2. E.2 Contract Law - Elements, Principles, and Applications
  3. E.3 Tort Law – Elements, Principles, and Applications
  4. E.4 Civil Code in Quebec and Common Law in Rest of Canada
  5. E.5 Business, Employment, and Labour Law
  6. E.6 Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  7. E.7 Intellectual Property – Patents, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Software Issues, Copyright
  8. E.8 Expert Witness
  9. E.9 Construction Liens
  10. E.10 International Law
  11. E.11 Environmental Law
  12. E.12 Workers Compensation and Occupational Health & Safety
  13. E.13 Human Rights and Privacy Legislation

F. Professional Law (8%)

  1. F.1 The Acts, Regulations, and Bylaws of Provincial and Territorial Acts
  2. F.2 Codes of Ethics; Conflicts of Interest
  3. F.3 Admission to the Professions
  4. F.4 Illegal Practice, Enforcement Against Unlicensed Practice, and Misuse of Title
  5. F.5 Professional and Technical Societies

G. Regulation & Discipline Processes (11%)

  1. G.1 Discipline and Enforcement Procedures
  2. G.2 Professional Inspection; Practice Reviews of Individuals
  3. G.3 Response to Complaints
  4. G.4 Licensing Corporations and Practice Review of Firms
  5. G.5 Response to Unethical or Incompetent Practice; Consequences of Unethical Practice
  6. G.6 Canadian and International Mobility
  7. G.7 Continuing Professional Development
  8. G.8 Use of Seals and Stamps