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.


The March 28 sitting of PEO’s Professional Practice Exam has been cancelled at all locations in the province due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. 

Information on future exam sittings will be posted as it becomes available. 

Please note that PEO will extend your time accordingly if this sitting was your final opportunity to complete the PPE.

Should you have any further questions, contact our Exam Centre at

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: March 28, 2020, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (CANCELLED)

Additional PPE exam sessions: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (CANCELLED)

National Professional Practice Examination (NPPE) Documents

National Professional Practice Examination (NPPE) and results for eligible candidates that can write the NPPE

Please contact if you have any questions about the NPPE.

NPPE Dates Registration opens from Results issued by email approximately by
June 8-10, 2020 March 24 - April 24, 2020 July 10, 2020
September 14-16, 2020 July 1 - July 15, 2020 October 2, 2020
November 23-25, 2020 August 24 - October 6, 2020 December 4, 2020
January 25-27, 2021 November 2- December 8, 2020 February 17, 2021
April 12-14, 2021 January 4 - February 23, 2021 May 3, 2021

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.)