What is the scope and syllabus of the NPPE exam?



The examination is closed book and two hours in duration. The 100 multiple-choice questions are broken down into five sections. All questions are common to the professions of engineering, geology, geophysics and geoscience. APEGGA has identified the major subject areas as follows:

A. Professionalism (30%)
1) Definition and interpretation of professional status
2) The role and responsibilities of a professional in society
3) The role and responsibilities of a professional to management
4) Professional conduct, ethical standards and codes
5) Safety and loss management - the professional’s duties
6) Environmental responsibilities


B. Professional Practice (20%)
1) Professional accountability for work, workplace issues, job responsibilities and standards of practice
2) Continuing competence
3) Quality management and standards of skill in practice
4) Business practices as a professional
5) Insurance and risk management
6) Professional and technical societies
7) Non-statutory standards and codes of practice


C. Regulatory Authority Requirements (9%)
1) Safety and loss management - regulatory aspects
2) Environmental regulations
3) Occupational health and safety
4) Workers compensation
5) Other statutory standards of practice


D. Law and Legal Concepts (25%)
1) Canadian legal system and international considerations, basics of business organizations
2) Contract Law - elements, principles, types, discharge, breach, interpretation etc.
3) Tort Law - Elements, application of principles, interpretation, liabilities of various kinds
4) Intellectual Property - patents, trademarks, software issues, copyright
5) Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
6) Expert Witness


E. The Act (16%)
1) Definitions of the professions and scopes of practice
2) Structure and functions of a Provincial Association
3) Regulations and By-Laws
4) Registration
5) Discipline and enforcement
6) Use of seals and stamps

The pass mark is 65%*. The examination is graded as a "pass" or "fail" with a report available in each area on your specific performance in the event of failure. You are not penalized for wrong answers. The grade is final.


*Pass marks may be slightly adjusted for individual sessions based on valid psychometric factors designed to ensure that over time, and among groups of candidates, pass-fail decisions are made on a consistent basis.