Professional Practice Exam (PPE)

A requirement for licensure, the PPE is a three-hour, closed-book exam on ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability.

What is the PPE?

The PPE is a three-hour, closed-book exam on ethics, professional practice, engineering law and professional liability. Eligible 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.

The PPE is held three times a year (April, August and December) in major centres across the province. Additional sittings may also be scheduled, if required. PEO's Exam Centre will send applicants a registration package 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 registration package with information on how to register to write the exam.

Step #3 – Eligible PPE candidates who wish to write the exam at the next available sitting are required to register and submit payment in accordance with the instructions provided in the registration package. PEO is not responsible for mail delivery. If you do not receive your registration package approximately two months prior to the sitting in question, contact the Exam Centre.

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 your time frame to write the PPE.

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

Next PPE Sitting: November 30, 2019, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Final instructions, PPE syllabus and locations
Exam locations only

Additional PPE Exam Sessions: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | Registration opens Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Additional sessions to write the PPE will take place at the PEO head office (40 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto) on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you are eligible to write the PPE and want to register for February 5, 2020, please email on Monday, December 9, 2019 as early as 8 a.m. requesting a spot (PEO will be assigning the session). You will receive an email letting you know if a spot is currently available and providing online registration and payment instructions. 

Spots are limited and will be granted to eligible requesting candidates in the order in which registration and payment is completed online until both sessions are full. If you have any questions regarding the additional sessions, contact

Note: If you write at one of the February 5, 2020 sessions, you will not be eligible to write at the March 28, 2020 regular PPE sitting.

PPE results
PPE Date Results Mailed Contact if you have not received results by:
August 10, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 25, 2019
November 30, 2019 February 5, 2020 February 19, 2020
March 28, 2020 June 3, 2020 June 17, 2020
August 8, 2020 October 13, 2020 October 27, 2020

Resources and Suggested Textbooks

You will receive a registration package in the mail two months prior to each sitting you are eligible for. You will need to download the study materials and review the suggested textbooks below. All this information is required to be reviewed to successfully pass the PPE.


Downloadable Preparation Materials:

Suggested Textbooks

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

Part A – Professional Practice and Ethics

Gordon C. Andrews, Patricia Shaw, John McPhee "Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics”, 6th Edition, 2019, published by Nelson Education Ltd.

ISBN: 0-17-676467-4

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

Author: D.L. Marston

Title: "Law for Professional Engineers, Canadian and Global Insights", Fifth Edition, 2019 Published by: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 978-1-260-13590-9

Tel: 1-800-565-5758

Fax: 1-800-463-5855


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.)

Past Professional Practice Exam (PPE) Exams

Interested in reviewing past PPE exams to provide you with an understanding on how the PPE is set and organized? Here are several recent PPE reprints you can download for free:

(Important: Past exams are for information purposes and are not to be used as a study method for current exams. Answers are not available.)