Apply for P.Geo.
When you become a P.Geo., you send a clear signal to your colleagues, peers, employers, your profession – and most importantly to the public as a whole – that you are committed to the professional practice of geoscience in Canada.
In Canada, you apply to become a P.Geo. in the place where you live or in the province or territory in which you are planning to work. All P.Geo.’s must successfully complete the admission procedure at one of the 10 regulatory bodies.
Each regulatory body has a slightly different application process and set of admission requirements. It is important to contact the regulatory body in the province or territory in which you plan to apply in order to confirm requirements.
All of the regulatory bodies have mechanisms in place to receive applications from people at different stages of their careers. This includes seasoned geoscientists in Canada who have yet to become professional geoscientists, those arriving as immigrants to join the Canadian workforce, or internationally mobile professionals whose activities require they carry a P.Geo licence in one or more Canadian jurisdiction. The basic requirements for registration are as follows:
- Four-year B.Sc degree in geoscience
- 48 months of supervised geoscience work experience
- Good character, reputation and conduct
- Proficiency in the language of business in the province or territory of practice
- Knowledge of professional practice issues, including law and ethics
Typical documents required to be considered for admission are:
- Completed application form
- Academic Transcripts (sent directly by universities)
- Work experience record
- Professional references (sent directly by the referees)
The Geoscientists Canada booklet, Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements for Professional Registration in Canada, provides a synopsis of admission requirements. However, because admissions requirements differ slightly between provinces and territories, it is important to verify exact requirements as appropriate.
Registering in multiple provinces or territories
Many P.Geo.’s in Canada are registered with more than one regulatory body because they need to be registered in each province or territory in which they work. Transferring registration to another province or territory, or taking out additional licenses, is a streamlined process and will only take a few days.
Becoming a Geoscientist-in-training
Newly graduated geoscientists are encouraged to commence the professional registration process as soon after completing their primary degree as possible, by applying to enter a Geoscientists-in-Training (or “GIT”) program. The GIT program helps to streamline the transition to becoming a P.Geo., but being part of a GIT program before becoming a P.Geo. is not a legal requirement. In all provinces and territories, applying for a license as a Professional Geoscientist is a public licensure process. At any point when a person feels they meet the requisite requirements, they may apply.
For more information on becoming a licensed professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) in Canada, visit Geoscientists Canada’s website Geoscience in Canada which provides:
- A knowledge and experience requirements for professional registration Self-Assessment Tool
- A Licensing Costs estimator
- Information on Getting Your Licence, Geoscience in Canada, and Coming to Canada, as well as
- Information on, and links to, the Canadian regulators of geoscientists.
To return to the Geoscientists Canada website, click on the Geoscientists Canada logo at the bottom of the Geoscience in Canada webpage.