National Professional Practice Exam

National Professional Practice Exam

The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) tests applicants for P.Tech. on their knowledge of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and related regulations of the practice of engineering or geoscience in accordance with section 5(1)(c) of the Professional Technologists Regulations.

The NPPE is a different exam than the ASET PPE and is administered by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). It is a higher-level exam suitable for P.Tech. applicants seeking a license to practice engineering or geoscience. Only P.Tech. applicants may apply to write the exam.

More information about the P.Tech. application can be found here.


Fees Amount
National Professional Practice Exam $241.50*

*Please be advised that the exam fee is non-refundable.

Candidate Guide

Please download and complete the NPPE Candidate Guide for more information about the exam, including:

  • Exam Syllabus
  • Study Materials and Practice Exams
  • Exam Time and Location
  • Exam Results

Exam Schedule

Exam Window (AM or PM) Registration Deadline

September 14, 2020
September 15, 2020
September 16, 2020
(virtual exam only)
July 17, 2020

November 232020
November 24, 2020
November 25, 2020
October 9, 2020

January 252021
January 26, 2021
January 27, 2021
December 11, 2020

April 122021
April 13, 2021
April 14, 2021
February 26, 2021

Rewrite/Reschedule Policy

Please be advised that if you wish to reschedule your exam date at any time after the Registration Deadline, you will be charged the full exam fee of $230 + GST. Please email to reschedule your exam. 

If you are required to rewrite the exam, you will be charged the full exam fee of $230 + GST.  
Effective January 1, 2020, applicants may attempt the exam a maximum of 4 times within one year from the date of application.



The NPPE exam is written in exam windows. The exam will be written one of these three days, either in the morning or the afternoon. Your preference will be forwarded to APEGA and Yardstick, who administer the examination. You will be booked into one of the six exams in this window based on your preference and availability, but ultimately the final decision on date/time is made by Yardstick. You will be provided with details of the exact date, time and testing location by Yardstick approximately three to four weeks prior to the exam window.

If you do not receive the email from Yardstick, please contact ASET does not have the exam details and cannot provide them to you.

Special Accommodation Requests

If applicants with disabilities need to request accomodations to write the NPPE, a notice of 7 week before the exam date of their choice, must be given in writing to the ASET Registration Staff with the appropriate documentation (email

Applicants will be required to provide documented evidence of the disability. Such evidence includes a formal detailed diagnosis of the specific disability from an appropriate professional (e.g. physician, psychologist, rehabilitation counsellor) and supporting documentation citing the need for exam accomodations and what accomodations the candidate received in the past.

ASET will review the candidate's written request for accomodation and determine if it can be supported.

Exam Resources

The following is a list of study materials required for the National Professional Practice Exam:

  1. ASET NPPE Legislation Handbook

  2. National Professional Practice Exam Syllabus

    • Please note: ASET Members must contact the ASET office to Register for the NPPE

  3. NPPE Study Materials Information Sheet

  4. Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering and Geoscience Third Canadian Edition by Samuels & Sanders (2011 Copyright)

    • Second Canadian Edition can still be used to prepare, but is no longer printed by the publisher.

  5. Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics - Sixth Edition by Gordon C. Andrews (2019 Copyright)

    • The Fifth Edition can still be used to prepare.

  6. APEGA is transitioning the NPPE to an online format.  For more information, please click here.  Note: ASET applicants must register for the NPPE through ASET.  However, ASET applicants will be able to take advantage of the new online test format and centers offered by APEGA.

  7. Click here to purchase a new practice test to assist with preparing to write the NPPE.

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