National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE)
The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) is offered five time a year and the Professional Practice workshop is offered twice a year in June and November. Separate Registrations are required for the Exam and the Workshop.
Please refer to the Schedule of Exam and Workshop Dates below to determine when registration opens for an exam session ends.
This is a computer based, closed-book exam on the ethics, obligations, and legal concepts that are part of practicing as a professional engineer. The Engineers Canada guideline Admission to the Practice of Engineering in Canada, states that, "applicants for licensure are required to pass an examination to confirm that they have sufficient knowledge of the ethical consideration and obligations that accompany the privileges of professional status, and the legal concepts relevant to professional engineering practice" before they can become licensed as professional engineers in Canada. It is recommended that you have 24 months of engineering experience before you take this exam. Answers to frequently asked questions concerning the NPPE Computer Based Testing can be found here - FAQ
Only Members or Applicants with a registration number may apply to take the NPPE. You will need to login to your Engineers Nova Scotia account to register for the NPPE prior to the deadline for applications. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email from Engineers Nova Scotia. Refer to the NPPE Registration Process for more details on registering for the NPPE.
Application deadlines for the Exam and Workshop are FIRM. Register early to avoid last minute login issues and ensure your seat.
Schedule of Exam and Workshop Dates with Application Deadlines
Cancelling & Rescheduling - Cancellations or deferrals made within four weeks of the exam administration date are not refundable. Please refer to the Schedule of Exam and Workshop dates above for cancellation dates.
Preparing for the NPPE
NPPE Study Material Information Sheet - PDF
PPE Brochure - PDF
This brochure contains information on the Professional Practice Exam and lists supplementary study materials.
NPPE Syllabus - PDF
The syllabus is a complete list of the topics covered in the NPPE.
Purchase an NPPE Practice Exam from the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
Professional Practice Workshop
Register for the Workshop - Registration opens in April for the June Workshop and in September for the November Workshop.
Engineers Nova Scotia hosts a Professional Practice Workshop in Halifax twice a year. The one day optional workshop on law and ethics will help you prepare for the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE).
Registration for the workshop closes two weeks before the event and no late applications will be accepted. Refer to the Schedule of Exam and Workshop Dates.