Next Sittings of the
- Spring Examination
March 16, 2020
- Fall Examination
September 17, 2020
Countdown to next examination
March 16, 2020
Registration for the Spring Professional Examination will open in January!
Once registration is open, you can log into the Candidate Portal to register. The Professional Examination is a formal, multiple choice Examination that is offered twice in each year – once in the Spring and once in the Fall. The purposes of the Professional Examination are:
- To assist in assessing your suitability for admission to full (certified) membership in your Provincial/Territorial Institute or Association
- To evaluate your understanding, comprehension, interpretation and ability to apply the CIP Code of Professional Conduct,
- To assess your comprehension and understanding of broader issues of professionalism and related, relevant competencies for professional planners
You will need to apply to PSB to write the Professional Examination and can only do so if you have successfully completed all the other requirements.
If you are an OPPI Candidate (Provisional) Member , please complete and submit this form via email. An OPPI Candidate (Provisional) Member is a candidate who applied for certification prior to September 2012. Candidates who applied after 2012 should register on the PSB Candidate Portal.
Mark Your Calendar
Spring Professional Examination – Monday, March 16, 2020
Fall Examination – Monday, September 21, 2020
Dates: March and September
Fee: 500 $ + HST ($150 + HST for second or third attempt)
Passing Grade: 80 %
Turnaround Time: 2 weeks
Professional Examination Procedure
The Spring sitting will be held on Monday, March 16th, 2020. Registration will open in January 2020 and close on Friday, March 6th, 2020. Please note, Examination sittings are held twice in each year – once in the spring and once in the fall. The September Examination will take place in Toronto at the University of Toronto Exam Centre and in Vancouver at the Oceanic Plaza. If you are not located in Toronto or Vancouver, you must find an invigilator. Details about invigilators can be found below. The Professional Examination is the last step on your road to becoming a full, certified member of the profession. It consists of three sections:
- Public interest
- Professional responsibility
The Professional Examination is three hours in length and is invigilated. Please note that you are not being examined on your technical knowledge of planning, but on issues of professionalism. Registration closes ten calendar days before the Examination date. Late registrations are not accepted, and your registration and payment must reach us by the closing date. The PSB office will confirm receipt of your payment and advise you of the location and time of the Examination by e-mail. This is a closed-book Examination. You are not permitted any notes or cellphones and will be asked to leave such material/devices, along with any bags you may have, at the front of the Examination room. You must bring your own laptop, which you will use to take the Examination. Please ensure you bring your power cord and any other accessories your laptop requires. Any technical malfunction resulting in an inability to complete the Examination (ex. Dead battery) will be the responsibility of the candidate. More information regarding the Examination will be provided to candidates once they register via email.
- Professional Examination Preparation Package (pdf)
- Additional Readings (pdf)
- CIP Code of Professional Conduct (pdf)
- Supplementary Material on Public Interest (pdf)
Please note that the study materials are not exhaustive in terms of the content on the Professional Examination. To pass the Professional Examination, Candidates must have a thorough understanding of the course materials, but more importantly, they must have significant, diverse experience in responsible planning and the ability to apply their experience as well as their knowledge of the content included in the course materials to a variety of challenging workplace scenarios.
Registration for the Spring Professional Examination will open in January 2020. Registration will close on Friday, March 6th, 2020.
- Submitted signed mentorship and sponsorship agreements
- Received official approval from PSB of mentorship logs
- Received official approval from PSB of sponsorship logs
- Passed Ethics & Professionalism Course and Test
Please note these requirements do not apply to OPPI Candidate (Provisional) members (i.e. individuals who applied for candidate membership before 2012). Please contact OPPI for Professional Exam eligibility requirements for Candidate (Provisional) Members and see the candidate process for more information.
All eligibility requirements above must be met by Friday, March 6th, 2020.
The deadline to submit your logs for review is Friday, February 7th, 2020.
Dates, Times, Locations
Next Sitting: Monday, March 16th, 2020 The Professional Examination is taking place at different times, depending on your province. Please see times below (NOTE START TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
- British Columbia & Yukon: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM PT
- Alberta, Northwest Territories & Saskatchewan: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM MT
- Manitoba: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM CT
- Ontario: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET
- Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & PEI: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM AT
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET
Toronto: Location TBD
Vancouver : Oceanic Plaza
You will need to arrange for an invigilator satisfactory to PSB and for a room in which you can write. You are responsible for the cost, if any, of your Examination room if you choose this option. On your registration form, please indicate the name and email of your invigilator. This person must be a certified member of the Institute of at least three (3) years standing, or another professional (clergyman, accountant, lawyer, school principal, police officer, bank manager, etc.) and abide by a Code of Ethics. You cannot have a personal relationship with your invigilator. The name of your invigilator is due to the PSB by Friday, March 6th, 2020.
Candidates are free to coordinate a group invigilator (with consultation from PSB staff) if multiple people from the same organization are taking the Examination together.
Candidates will not receive specific feedback on their Examination. Candidates will be informed which sections of the Examination they passed or failed.
You may appeal on procedural or compassionate grounds only. Procedural or compassionate grounds would include inadequate notice, failure to accommodate a Candidate’s special needs, or unforeseen family or personal emergency reported to the PSB within five (5) business days of the Professional Examination date. This does not include technical difficulties independent of the Examination space, such as personal laptop issues or with poor internet connection.
Special Needs and Accommodations
At the time you register for the Examination, please advise the office of your requirements, and we will attempt to accommodate you. Please note that if you require the Examination in a special format (Braille, audio, etc.), we will need at least four (4) weeks’ notice. If you require an assistive device, please arrange to bring your own, as PSB does not own any. If your assistive device requires power, kindly let us know at least a week in advance so we can ensure power is available for you. If you will be bringing a service animal or support person, please let us know at least four (4) weeks in advance so we can determine whether we need to arrange a separate room for you.
As soon as you know that you will miss the Examination date, please contact the Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 647.317.6924. If you advise us by 3:30 PM ET two business days prior to the Examination date, there will be no adverse consequences. We can either refund your fee (please allow up to 30 days) or retain it and register you for the next sitting. If you miss this deadline, you will be considered to have chosen not to write the Examination and to have used one of your attempts; your fee will not be refunded. Please note that, if you had a health or business/personal/family emergency after the cancellation deadline, you must contact the PSB office within five (5) business days of the Examination date to be eligible to file an appeal on compassionate grounds. An appeal panel will review your case to determine whether your attempt will be voided and if you are eligible for a refund or credit towards your next sitting. In the event of an appeal, you will be asked to provide proof (such as a doctor’s note, letter from your employer, etc.) of the emergency.