What does professionalism mean on your professional practice exam? Let me teach you in the 11 minute and 15 second video below. This video is included in my NPPE Course and BC PPE course to help members learn the content quickly. Enjoy!

Video & transcript below.

In this presentation and the 6 that follow (for course members), I'm going teach you what I know about each of the 47 exam scope and syllabus topics. These 7 presentations will compliment your self-study of the material using the pages I've highlighted in the course as reading sections. Let's get started.


Download my NPPE or BC PPE form cheat sheet to get a summarized overview of the key topics and my recommended study method.


A.1 Definition and Interpretation Of Professionalism and Professional Status

A.1 Definition and Interpretation of Professionalism and Professional Status

Let's take a look at two important definitions within this syllabus topic:

  • Profession - An occupation that demands specialized knowledge, experience and education related to theoretical principles and continued study. Think about what you have done to be on your way to becoming a professional. Using your education at work and gaining a variety of experience applying that theory.
  • Professional Status - Meeting certain criteria of education, experience, and character to obtain a licence. Keeping that licence or status is important and can be done by paying annual dues and avoiding professional misconduct or Code of Ethics breaches.

A.2 The Roles & Responsibilities of Professionals in Society

keep your designation current

Your Association’s Code of Ethics sums this up nicely. Here are the key principles.

  1. Public needs are paramount. They should always be your first priority.
  2. Loyalty & fairness -  To your associates, clients, employers, employees, and subordinates.
  3. Professional development is the key to maintaining your skills current. Laws, best practices, materials and standards all evolve and so too should an active professional. There are lots of different option for continued studies such as courses, workshops and trade shows.
  4. Your competencies are important to recognize. If you are a mechanical engineer, you can’t be taking on the work of electrical engineering work. Use your common sense.

A.3 Engineering & Geoscience Professionals in Canada; Definitions & Scopes of Practice

  • Engineering - The design, fabrication and construction of human solutions, which rests on the knowledge and proper use of engineering and scientific principles.
    • The scope of an engineer - Evaluating, reporting, advising, designing, preparing plans and specification for construction, inspection operation or maintenance of any structure or work in progress.
  • Geoscience - A science that puts to use a scientific method to predict, investigate, map and model the Earth’s natural systems behaviour.
    • The scope of a geoscientist - Investigating, evaluating, interpretations, management or consultations with the end goal of identifying conditions that may impact the public, or for the discovery of minerals, rocks, fuels, stones, and water.

A.4 The Value of Engineering & Geoscience Professions to Society

engineering challenge - clean drinking water
  • Value (here are a few examples)
    • Connecting land by bridges, transporting people quickly with magnetic levitation trains, and safe and reliable air travel connecting major cities of the world
    • Digital devices that allow us to stay connected
    • Electricity that is relatively cheap and inexpensive.   Remote locations benefit from more efficient solar power
    • Fuels and minerals that are mined and refined into something valuable and needed in our society
  • Future improvements (some examples of what we need to work on)
    • Solar - Different materials, constructions and use of the sun’s various wavelength energy
    • Clean water - Devices that will allow more people to access clean water. Technology similar to desalination to remove minerals and salts
    • Fusion energy - Making the energy type scaleable and safe
    • And storing carbon underground using sequestration methods.
    • If you want to learn more, here are some other Engineering Challenges.

A.5 The Roles & Responsibilities of Professionals to Management

keep information confidential
  • If you don’t agree with what the client is doing in the first place, don’t get involved in you can’t be faithful to the project
  • Consequences may take the form of disclaimers
  • Be fair, courteous and act in good faith
  • Keep information confidential - The only exception is if the public is in danger and you can’t resolve the situation internally
  • Don't collect payment from competing parties - For example, you can’t collect from the owner and the contractor on a construction job.


If you want all 7 videos (over 1 hour of rapid learning content), then visit the NPPE Course or BC PPE course page to get your access. The content there is continually updated and comes with a bank of sample questions, a study checklist, a cheat sheet and more. Start by visiting one of those links to download my free 2-page cheat sheet.
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  1. Gavin Simone on September 27, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I hope you enjoyed this video. Writing, filming and editing is a lot of work, but having video instructions within the PPE & NPPE courses allows my students to learn in multiple ways (e.g. listening, watching).

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