Structural Engineering Exam | APEGA

Structural Engineering Exam

  • The 8-hour vertical forces exam focuses on gravity loads and lateral Earth pressures.
  • The 8-hour lateral forces exam focuses on wind and earthquake loads.

The Structural Engineering (SE) exam tests your ability to practise structural engineering. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) in the United States administers this exam.

Do I Need to Write the SE Exam?

The SE exam is specifically designed for Professional Engineers who practise in jurisdictions that may license structural engineers separately from other Professional Engineers. If you intend to practise structural engineering in the United States, check the requirements for the jurisdiction you’ll be working in. APEGA is not involved in US state board licensing decisions.

The SE exam is not required if you plan to practise in Canada only. 

Registering for the SE Exam

APEGA Members and Members-in-Training may write the exam. We do not offer this exam for applicants or students. 

The exam is offered each April and October with registration opening about 4 months before. We will post exam dates and the registration form on the website then. Once we have processed your request, we will email you instructions on how to register with NCEES. 

Do not register with NCEES before applying to APEGA or you will be ineligible to write the exam. 

Exam Fees 

Components Fee
Vertical Forces Exam $640
Lateral Forces Exam $640

Price does not include GST and is subject to change without notice.

Exam Dates

Exam Date Registration Deadline
April 21-22, 2017 Registration Closed


Rescheduling & Cancelling

To reschedule or cancel your exam, you must email technicalexams@apega.ca before the registration deadline. You will not be refunded if you cancel after the registration deadline.

Writing the SE Exam

You can write the exam at APEGA’s Edmonton office

This is an open-book exam with 80 multiple-choice questions. You have 8 hours to write it. You are allowed to bring certain types of reference materials. 

The NCEES website lists:

  • allowed reference materials 
  • disability accommodations
  • exam specifications 
  • study materials
  • test centre locations 

Exam Results

Per the NCEES scoring method, exam results are either pass or fail based on your total number of correct answers. You are not penalized for incorrect answers. A machine scores the multiple-choice questions. Subject-matter experts score the essay part of the exam.

Exam results are usually available in 10 to 12 weeks. APEGA will mail you a confirmation letter with your results. Your results will also be posted on your MyNCEES account and in the Member Self-Service Centre.

If you failed the SE exam, NCEES will send you a report showing the subject areas that you were weak in. You can retake the exam as often as you wish. To retake the exam, complete the registration form when it becomes available for the next session.