Ethics & Professionalism Course and Examination

The Ethics & Professionalism Course and test is now available.  The course consists of eight modules, and the test is a series of multiple choice questions.  You will be asked to choose the response that is, in your judgment, most correct or appropriate.  Your examination will be graded, and you will be informed of your mark on completion of the test.

The test is closed book, and you will be asked to sign an attestation and confidentiality agreement before you begin it.

The test consists of four types of questions:

  • Multiple choice case studies:  you will be presented with short cases and four different courses of action for each, and you will be asked to select the one you feel is closest to what you would do or say in the given situation
  • Multiple choice fact-based questions:  you will be given questions on the course content, with four potential answers, and you will be asked to choose the answer you feel is most in agreement with the content
  • Multiple choice “fill-in-the-blank” questions:  you will be given a series of statements based on the course content, each of which has one or more blanks, and will be asked to select from four options the word or words you feel correctly completes the sentence
  • True/false questions:  you will be given a series of statements based on the course material and asked to identify each as true or false

The course includes a list of suggested reading materials.  These materials are not mandatory, but they may help broaden your understanding of ethical and professional issues faced by planners, and offer you the opportunity to be a better-rounded practitioner in the profession.

You may take the Ethics & Professionalism Course and test at any time after we have confirmed your Candidate membership in your Provincial/Territorial Institute or Association, but it must be successfully completed before you are eligible to sit the Professional examination.


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