National Professional Practice Examination (NPPE)

Introduction to the NPPE
The national professional practice exam (NPPE) is required by all geoscience associations in Canada for membership and for licensure in their jurisdiction. The exam for Nova Scotia candidates consists of 100 multiple choice questions with two hours allotted for completion. By passing the NPPE you ensure that you have access to full mobility in Canadian jurisdictions. Many other countries follow Canadian requirements and thus allow Canadian licensed professional geoscientists to practice in their jurisdictions.

General Information
The NPPE is a requirement of membership in the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia (APGNS). All members of the Association from September 2001 onward must write and pass the exam. Only applicants in the category of License to Practice (LTP) do not require a pass on the NPPE. This requirement is waived because LTP applicants are already registered in another jurisdiction in Canada and have been required to write and pass the NPPE.

The exam is supplied by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Please remember to make cheques payable to “APGNS.”

Classes Offered and Categories of Membership

  1. Member
    A geoscientist who wishes to apply for “Member” must meet all of the knowledge requirements of the CCPG’s Canadian Geoscience Standards Board. The Applicant must have more than 48 months of cumulative and progressive geoscience work experience. In addition, the applicant must be a legal resident of Canada, have good character, be conversant with the English language and pass the National Professional Practice Exam.

  2. Member in Training (MIT)
    A geoscientist who has less than 48 months of cumulative and progressive work experience and/or is missing some of the knowledge requirements may be enrolled as a Member in Training (MIT). The Geoscientists Nova Scotia’s Admissions Board will determine what knowledge requirements are missing and prescribe the necessary examination(s) and/or course(s). MITs are required to demonstrate completion of progressive and cumulative geoscience work experience with the preparation of 48 months of diaries detailing their geoscience work experience acceptable to the Admissions Board.
    In addition, the applicant must be a legal resident of Canada, have good character, be competent with the English language and eventually pass the National Professional Practice Exam.

  3. License to Practice (LTP)
    A geoscientist who is licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction as a “professional geoscientist” may apply for a short term license to practice in Nova Scotia. An LTP is valid for a calendar year and may be renewed for one additional year at the discretion of the Registrar.

Please vist the Forms page to download the files you will need in order to study, prepare for, and take the NPPE.