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    Professional examination 

    The theoretical component of the professional admission program consists of a theoretical training of a maximum total duration of 30 hours, the success of which is assessed by means of an examination.
    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: 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 one month 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.

    Preparing for the Professional Examination

    Study document for the Professional Examination

    All subjects covered by the professional examination are discussed in the following document (dated December 2nd, 2019). These subjects were taken from the theoretical training of a maximum total duration of 30 hours:

    I : Le système professionnel, l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, le rôle social et le développement professionnel de l’ingénieur

  • 1.1 – Fondements du système professionnel et rôles de l’ingénieur
  • 1.2 – Garder ses connaissances à jour : un devoir de l’ingénieur
  • II : L'éthique, la déontologie et le professionnalisme

  • 2.1 – L’éthique : pourquoi est-ce si important ?
  • 2.2 – La déontologie de l'ingénieur : rappel et explications
  • 2.3 – L’intégrité de l’ingénieur : pour éviter les pièges
  • 2.4 – L’indépendance et le désintéressement : les clés de l’autonomie
  • 2.5 – Ingénieur : un titre réservé et reconnu
  • 2.6 – Le professionnalisme : valeurs et devoirs
  • III : Les lois et règlements applicables

  • 3.1 – Cadre juridique et génie : saisir les grandes lignes
  • 3.2 – L’inspection professionnelle en génie : pertinence, déroulement et implications
  • 3.3 – Le processus disciplinaire en génie
  • 3.4 – La pratique illégale : comment agir ?
  • IV : Les normes de pratique professionnelle

  • 4.1 – Documents d'ingénierie : comment s’y retrouver
  • 4.2 – Le contrat : un indispensable
  • 4.3 – La surveillance des travaux
  • 4.4 - La tenue des dossiers
  • 4.5 - Analyse, conception et soutien à l’exploitation
  • 4.6 - La propriété intellectuelle : protégez le fruit de votre travail
  • 4.7 – Gestion des risques : quand la prudence se traduit par des actions concrètes
  • 4.8 - La gestion de projet
  • 4.9 - La gestion du travail d’équipe
  • Refer to these documents as well as to the laws and regulations cited therein in order to prepare for the Professional Examination. You should devote at least 20 hours of study in order to be well-prepared for the examination.

    Subjects covered by the professional examination

    The professional examination has 3 parts that cover clearly defined subjects:

    • Part 1 – Quebec professional law
      Objective: Familiarity with Quebec’s legislation respecting the professions, i.e. the Professional Code (chapter C-26), the Engineers Act (chapter I-9) and the regulations applicable to engineers adopted under these 2 laws;
    • Part 2 - Practice of the engineering profession
      Objective: Familiarity with the principles of professional practice, the concepts of ethics and professional conduct, the role and obligations of engineers in society, the social impact of technology, sustainable development, protection of the environment and the duty to maintain professional competencies;
    • Part 3 - The legal environment
      Objective: Familiarity with basic legal knowledge of civil liability, contractual law, intellectual property, general commercial law, labour law, construction law, environmental law and occupational health and safety law.

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