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    Professional examination 

    To ensure that future engineers have the knowledge they need to practice the profession, the OIQ has created a professional examination that measures their knowledge.
    It is important to remember that all other professional engineering associations in Canada require this type of examination.
    Subjects covered by the examination The professional examination is not a technical examination. Its specific purpose is to verify knowledge of the following subjects: A study guide was created based on the professional practice guide (Guide de pratique professionnelle) for all subjects covered by the professional examination.
  • Professional examination study guide (last update: May 1, 2019) – in French only
  • To prepare for the exam, CEPs must review the study guide and the laws and regulations that are referenced in it. Examination conditions
  • Duration: three (3) hours
  • Examination format: 110 multiple-choice questions
  • Languages: French and English
  • Reference material: No reference material is allowed.
  • Passing score: A score of 60% is required to pass the examination. The exam may be retaken if it is failed.
  • Results: On average, the results are sent by mail within 4 to 6 weeks of the examination.
  • Options after a failure As stipulated in section 10 of the Regulation respecting the terms and conditions for the issuance of permits by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (see regulation, in French), candidates to the engineering profession (CEPs) who fail the examination may apply to have the corrections reviewed, provided they assume the related costs (as specified in the current fee schedule), by sending their request to examenprofessionnel@oiq.qc.ca. Registering for the professional examination The professional examination is an excellent starting point for CEPs. The OIQ strongly recommends that they register for this examination and pass it as soon as possible. In fact, aspiring engineers will find it easier to enter the profession once they have a solid mastery of the subjects covered in the exam. To register for the professional examination, candidates simply have to fill out and submit the form, at least two months before the date of the desired session. Every year, the OIQ holds several examination sessions across Québec. Check the calendar for upcoming sessions (in French only). Cost To find out more about the cost of the professional examination registration, please refer to the fee schedule. Please note that a fee will be charged to retake the examination. Changing the examination session after registration Requests to attend a later examination session than the one originally registered for must be e-mailed to examenprofessionnel@oiq.qc.ca, at least four weeks before the scheduled session is held; otherwise, the fee will be charged again.

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