The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

FAQs

Professional Practice Exam (PPE)/Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Do I need to write this exam?  

Yes, this is a mandatory certification exam for C.Tech. or C.E.T. certification. You must pass the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) or the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) to ensure awareness of your legal and ethical responsibilities to the public, employers and yourself. Writing the PPE or the IEPPE enables you to meet the high professional standards set by your association in the area of ethics, law and responsibility to the public. 

2.  Which exam should I write?

If you are currently registered in a post-secondary engineering technology and applied science programs completed your education in Canada you should write the regular PPE.

If you completed your education in Canada you should write the regular PPE.

If you completed your education internationally you should write the IEPPE.  This will satisfy the OACETT requirement to prove understanding of the standards, codes and practices of the engineering technology or applied science workplace in Canada which was previously proven by one year of Canadian work experience. 
 
If you completed your education internationally and have one year of work experience in Canada out of the two years required for certification you can write the regular PPE or the IEPPE
 
3.  When should I apply for the PPE or IEPPE?  

You may apply for either the PPE or IEPPE after you have received your membership number.  Your membership number will be sent to you once your application has been processed. Keeping in mind that members have three or six years to reach certification depending on whether further academic competencies are required, we recommend that you write the PPE or IEPPE as soon as possible.
  
4.  When are the exams held?  

The Professional Practice Exam (PPE) and the Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) are available online, on demand, written at an appropriate quiet location of your choosing, but with the services of an online proctor chosen by OACETT.  You should apply to write either exam and purchase the study materials at least 2 months prior to your target exam date to allow for appropriate study time.  You must write the exam within 6 months of registering.
 
5.  How do I register for the PPE or IEPPE?  

Visit the PPE/IEPPE and Seminar page.  Follow the instructions given   and pay the required fee for the exam package.
 
Log onto the online proctor website to choose a date and time for your exam when a proctor is available.  You must have purchased an exam package prior to registering for an online proctor.  If you attempt to register for an online proctor and have not purchased an exam package, your name will be forwarded by the online proctor to the OACETT Registrar.
 
6.  What computer requirements are needed to write the PPE or IEPPE?  

You will need the following computer requirements:  browser released in the last four years, PC/Mac (no iPad), uninterrupted internet connection and a webcam (portable preferred).  The online proctor chosen by OACETT and the online exam provider offer a “test your system” button on their websites that will allow you to check if your system is working well.  If your system does not work, then you will be taken though a troubleshooting process.
 
 7.  What are the required materials and costs to take the PPE or IEPPE? 

The exam package includes an eBook study manual and one exam registration to be written within 6 months of purchasing the package. The eBook study manual contains all of the material for the exam, a study outline, the OACETT Act, By-law 19, IETO Terms of Reference, the Code of Ethics and the Rules of Professional Conduct. For the IEPPE additional content in Legislation and Professional Practice, Workplace Culture and Health and Safety has been added to the eBook.

For the costs of the exam, materials and seminars, see Fee Summary.    
 
8.  I failed the regular PPE and would like to rewrite the IEPPE in order to satisfy the requirement for demonstrating a facility with the standards, codes and practices in the Canadian workplace, previously demonstrated by one year of Canadian work experience.  Can I do this? 

Yes, you may now take the IEPPE as your rewrite. The regular rewrite fee will apply. This applies if you need to write the whole exam or just sections.  Please note you will need to write the specific sections that pertain to demonstrating a facility with the standards, codes and practices of the Canadian workplace.  If you choose to write the IEPPE, you must also prove that you meet the English language proficiency that was introduced in January 2016.  For more information on English language proficiency requirements, contact Vera Alexeeva at valexeeva@oacett.org.  
 
9.  I passed the regular PPE and would like to write the IEPPE in order to satisfy the requirement for demonstrating a facility with the working language and facility with the standards, codes and practices of the discipline (normally gained by working in Canada for one year) in which I am seeking certification. Can I do this? 

Yes, you may now take the IEPPE exam and just write the Enhanced Practice section which includes the new content for this exam instead of satisfying the one year Canadian experience requirement.  The regular rewrite fee will apply.  If you choose to write the IEPPE, you must also prove that you meet the English language proficiency that was introduced in January 2016.  For more information on English language proficiency requirements, contact Vera Alexeeva at valexeeva@oacett.org.  
 
10.  Do I need to study the entire eBook or are only specific sections necessary?  

Yes, you need to study the entire eBook. The Study Outline (included in the eBook – Appendix E) will assist you in identifying how you should direct your studies.
 
11.  Are past exam papers available?  

No, past exam papers are not distributed.
 
12.  I don't need to know about law in my current position. Do I need to write the entire exam?  

The Professional Practice Exam (PPE) consists of three parts: Law, Ethics and Practice. The Internationally Educated Professional Practice Exam (IEPPE) consists of four parts:  Law, Ethics, Practice and Enhanced Practice (additional questions on Legislation and Professional Practice, Workplace Culture and Health and Safety). The Law questions in the exam relate to general topics in law of which most Technicians and Technologists need to be aware.  In order to pass the exam, you must achieve a satisfactory result in all parts.  If you do not pass all sections you will need to rewrite the section or sections that were unsatisfactory. 
 
13.  Are there courses or seminars available to prepare for the PPE or IEPPE?  

Yes, there are online seminars to help candidates to prepare for the exams.  There is a PPE Seminar and an IEPPE Seminar. The seminars consist of voiced over PowerPoint slides highlighting the key points on each topic, module quizzes to review the content presented and a complete practice exam.  The seminars are not mandatory although many members have found them extremely useful in studying the material systematically.  For further information, check the Professional Practice Exam Seminars page on the OACETT website.
 
14.  How do I find out my marks? 

OACETT will post your marks to your Track Certification profile within two weeks of the exam.  Exam results are not given out over the phone.
 
15.  What happens if I am not successful in the exam? 

You must pass each section of the exam.  If you do not pass one or more sections you will be required to rewrite the section or sections that were unsatisfactory.  You can register for a rewrite at any time after reviewing the material in the sections you failed.  For information about rewriting a section or sections of the exam, go to the Registration for PPE and PPE Seminar page or the Registration for IEPPE and IEPPE Seminar page.    Choose the rewrite option and pay the rewrite fee.  When you are ready to rewrite, choose a date and time of an available online proctor.

 
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