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What is the NPPE exam? Is the NPPE exam referred to by other terms?

The NPPE exam is a mandatory exam for most candidates who aspire to become professional engineers or geoscientists in Canada. Passing it successfully is one of the requirements to obtain a license to practice these professions in 12 out of the 13 Canadian provinces and territories (Quebec is the exception). The objective of the exam is to ensure that a candidate has the ability to practice safely, ethically, legally, and competently as a professional engineer or geoscientist. It tests knowledge of:

  • Ethics,
  • Law,
  • Liability, and
  • Professional Practice

The exam itself is delivered by remote proctoring (aka virtual proctoring.)

The acronym NPPE stands for National Professional Practice Examination, which is its official name. The examination is colloquially referred to as the “NPPE Exam,” but other terms are also used to name it depending on the province or territory of Canada, the organization, or the type of document where it is used. Some of these terms, which are all synonymous, are listed below:

  • National Professional Practice Examination
  • National Professional Practice Exam
  • NPPE Exam
  • NPPE
  • Engineering and/or Geoscience NPPE
  • Professional Practice Examination
  • Professional Practice Exam
  • PPE Exam
  • PPE
  • Engineering and/or Geoscience PPE
  • Engineering and/or Geoscience Law and Ethics Exam
  • Law and Ethics Exam
  • Professional Practice and Ethics Examination
  • P.Eng or P.Geo Exam

NOTE 1: The 2 associations in Quebec (OIQ* and OGQ*) do not use the NPPE exam but an equivalent examination that, in French, they refer to it just as L’Examen Professionnel (EP), or translated into English the Professional Exam (PE). Naturally, it does not qualify for the adjective National.


Published Information: The NPPE exam in Canada