Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam

Due to COVID-19, the October 2020 exam administration must operate in compliance with capacity and social distancing requirements. Availability is limited to 25 sitting at this time. 

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam is an in-depth technical exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

Do I Need to Write the Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam?

If you intend to practise engineering in the United States, the PE exam is often the final step to obtain a P.E. licence in the United States. APEGA is not involved in US state board licensing decisions. APEGA recommends that members interested in applying to a state board contact that board directly for more information regarding their licensure requirements and application process.

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

Registering for the PE Exam

APEGA members and members-in-training may write the exam. We do not offer this exam for applicants.

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.

Exam Fee

Writing the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam requires paying an administration fee to APEGA at the time of registration (non-refundable after the exam deadline has passed). Once your request has been processed, you will be emailed instructions on how to register with NCEES.

Payable to APEGA $75 CAD + GST
Payable to NCEES$375 USD

Exam Dates

Exam DateRegistration Deadline
October 22-23, 2020August 19, 2020


Registering for the PE computer-based exam

The PE Chemical, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer: Power exams are computer-based and administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson Vue test centers.

The PE Petroleum, Nuclear, Fire Protection, and Industrial and Systems exams are computer-based and administered one day per year only. The upcoming test date is October 22, 2020.

To register, please log in to the Member Self-Service Centre and look under Exams. After you register with APEGA, you will be sent an email advising how to apply with NCEES.

Login to the Member Self-Service Centre 

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

Rescheduling & Cancelling

To reschedule or cancel your exam, you must email [email protected] before the registration deadline. You will not be refunded if you cancel after the registration deadline.

Writing the PE 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

Go to the NCEES website

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.

Exam results are usually available in 8 to 10 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 PE 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.

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