Professional Practice Examination (PPE)
- What is the PPE?
- PPE in Three Steps
- Examination News, Syllabus and Locations
- PPE Results
- Resources and Suggested Text Books
- Exam Centre Contacts
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.
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.
- Next PPE Sitting: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- Final Instructions, PPE Syllabus and Locations
- Exam Locations Only
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this additional sitting.
|PPE Date||Results Mailed||Contact email@example.com
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|
You will receive the following items in the mail two months prior to your first opportunity to write the PPE:
- Professional Engineers Act, Regulation 941/90, and By-Law No. 1;
- a previous PPE exam;
- the Professional Engineer’s Duty To Report; and
- a PPE Module.
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
Gordon C. Andrews, "Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics”, Fifth Edition, 2014, published by Nelson Education Ltd.
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
D.L. Marston, “Law for Professional Engineers, Canadian and Global Insights”, 4th Edition, 2008, McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
Tel: (905) 430-5000 or 1-800-565-5758
Fax: (905)430-5203 or 1-800-463-5855
The following resource is also available:
Please note that textbooks cannot be purchased at PEO. Please contact the publisher or your local university.
- Basics to Know: Question 1, Part A (study guide)
- Basics to Know: Question 1, Part B (study guide)
- Part A Study Guide
- Part B Study Guide
- Supplementary Information for Candidates Writing the Professional Practice Exam Regarding Limitation Periods (2008)
- Important Further Supplementary Information for Candidates Writing the Professional Practice Exam regarding Limitation Periods (2008)
- Act and Regulation changes made under the Professional Engineers Act (effective Feb/2003)
- Professional Engineers Act, Professional Misconduct, By-Laws
- Professional Engineering Practice
- A guide to enforcement of the Professional Engineers Act
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.
Anna Carinci Lio
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.