Writing the Professional Practice Exam

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 Scotian 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.

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).

Geoscientists Nova Scotia highly recommends enrolling in the one day Professional Practice Workshop presented by Engineers Nova Scotia. The $200 fee for the workshop is payable to Engioneers Nova Scotia (www.engineersnovascotia.ca for more information).

Exam and Workshop Dates

Year NPPE Date Registration Deadline
2017 January 23-25, 2017 December 9, 2016
April 3-5, 2017 February 17, 2017
June 5-7, 2017 April 28, 2017
Sep 18-20, 2017 July 28, 2017
Nov 27-29, 2017 October 20, 2017


The fee for writing the NPPE in Nova Scotia is $ 250.00 plus HST.   If writing outside of Nova Scotia, additional fees are required, with fees payable in Canadian Fund please see table above.  Make your cheque or money order payable to “Geoscientists Nova Scotia.” Payments by credit card for the full amount including HST when applicable can be made on the Resources / Payments tab above.

  Fees HST Total Payable
Writing in Nova Scotia   $ 275.00   $ 41.25   $ 316.25
Within Canada   $ 375.00   $ 56.25   $ 431.25
Within USA   $ 400.00    
Overseas   $ 450.00    

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