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Professional Practice Examination (PPE)

What is the PPE?

The PPE is a three-hour, closed-book exam on ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability. Applicants may write the PPE at any time (within the time frame provided by PEO) as they acquire 48 months of engineering work experience required for licensure. To reduce the time to licensure, applicants are encouraged to write the PPE early in the time frame provided by PEO.

It is held three times a year in April, August and December in major centres across the province. Additional sittings may also be scheduled, if required. PEO's Exam Centre will notify applicants when they are eligible to write the exam. 

PPE in Three Steps

Step #1 – Complete a PEO licence application. Once PEO receives your completed licence application with the appropriate payment, you will be issued a PEO file number.

Step #2  Wait. Two months prior to the date of the next available PPE, PEO's Exam Centre will send all eligible PPE candidates a cover letter and a PPE application form with information on when to write the PPE.

Step #3 – Eligible PPE candidates who wish to write the exam at the next available sitting are required to submit the PPE application form with the appropriate payment to PEO's Exam Centre (PEO is not responsible for mail delivery). Contact the Exam Centre if you do not receive the PPE package approximately two months prior to the sitting in question.

Graduates of a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board Program

Once you submit a licence application to PEO and obtain a PEO file number, you will be informed of the available dates of the PPE sittings. 

International Engineering Graduates

International engineering graduate applicants who have submitted a licence application and have been assigned a PEO file number may be required to write and pass a technical exam program before being eligible to write the PPE. This requirement is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Examination News, Syllabus and Locations

  1. Next PPE Sitting: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Final Instructions, PPE Syllabus and Locations
    Exam Locations Only

  2. Additional PPE Exam Session - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Registration Opens April 19, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (NOT before)
    An additional session to write the PPE will take place at the PEO head office on June 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and, if required, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. If you are eligible to write the PPE and are interested in this additional sitting, please email exams@peo.on.ca on April 19, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. or after to request a spot. Seating is limited and spots will fill up quickly. You will receive an email shortly after letting you know if a spot is available for you and at which session (the session will be determined by PEO). Please contact exams@peo.on.ca if you have any questions regarding this additional sitting.

PPE Results

PPE Date Results Mailed Contact exams@peo.on.ca
if you have not received results by:
December 3, 2016 February 8, 2017 February 22, 2017
April 8, 2017 June 13, 2017 June 26, 2017
August 12, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 27, 2017
December 2, 2017 February 7, 2018 February 21, 2018


Resources and Suggested Text Books

You will receive the following items in the mail two months prior to your first opportunity to write the PPE:

All this information (including the two suggested textbooks below) is required to be reviewed to successfully pass the PPE.

Part A – Professional Practice and Ethics
Suggested Text:
Gordon C. Andrews, "Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics”, Fifth Edition, 2014, published by Nelson Education Ltd.
ISBN: 0-17-650990-9
Tel: (416) 752-9448 or 1-800-268-2222
Fax: (416) 752-8101 or 1-800-430-4445

Part B – Engineering Law and Professional Liability
Suggested Text:
D.L. Marston, “Law for Professional Engineers, Canadian and Global Insights”, 4th Edition, 2008, McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
ISBN: 978-0070985216
Tel: (905) 430-5000 or 1-800-565-5758
Fax: (905)430-5203 or 1-800-463-5855

The following resource is also available:

Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering, and Geoscience, Canadian Edition
by Brian M. Samuels and Doug Sanders,
Published: 2007
ISBN-10: 0131976230
Buy online from Amazon or Chapters

Please note that textbooks cannot be purchased at PEO. Please contact the publisher or your local university.

Additional resources:

Please be advised that PEO is not associated with and does not endorse any of the professional practice exam and technical exam preparatory service providers.

Exam Centre Contacts

General Questions

Anna Carinci Lio
Supervisor, Examinations
(416) 840-1095

Angela Bennett
Examinations Representative
(416) 840-1040

Susan McNeil
Examinations Representative
(416) 840-1097

Samantha Sookdeo
Examinations Representative
(416) 840-1096

The electronic addresses of PEO’s staff are provided for inquiring about PEO’s regulatory activities related to the regulation of professional engineers. The staff do not wish to and do not consent to receiving unsolicited commercial electronic messages such as advertising or other promotional material.