National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE)

Register for the NPPE through the Events  page on the Engineers Nova Scotia website. 


Please refer to the  schedule of exam and workshop dates below to determine when registration opens for an exam session.  Registration for the next exam opens after the application deadline for the previous exam.


Schedule of Exam and Workshop Dates 2022 / 2023

PP Workshop Dates *

NPP Exam Dates

Registration Opens

Application Deadline


Apr 3 –5, 2023

Jan 23, 2023

Feb 8, 2023

June 2, 2023

Jun 5 – 7, 2023

Apr 3, 2023

Apr 26, 2023


Sep 11 – 13, 2023

Jun 8, 2023

Jul 12, 2023

Nov 3, 2023

Nov 6 – 8, 2023

Aug 21, 2023

Sep 20, 2023


Jan 22 - 24, 2024

Nov 6, 2023

Nov 27, 2023

*   PLEASE NOTE:  The workshop registration closes two weeks before the event and no late applications will be accepted.

** EXAM CANCELLATIONS;   Exams cannot be cancelled or refunded once you have booked your exam with Yardstick.


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


COVID-19 Update:

The NPPE continues to be administered online during the scheduled dates in 2020, but due to public health restrictions, exam administrations have all been moved to remote proctoring until further notice. Remote proctoring allows candidates to take the NPPE in their home in a secure environment using a stable, high speed internet connection and webcam. All candidates who register to take the NPPE in upcoming sessions will receive further instructions by email on how to take the exam remotely. If you have any questions, please contact


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.  



Cancelling & Rescheduling -  Cancellations or deferrals may only be made before your exam is booked with Yardstick. 



Preparing for the NPPE  


           NPPE Candidate Guide - PDF 

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
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.  The June Workshop will be a Virtual 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 above.