Geoscientist First Time Applying in Canada

About this Category

This category is for individuals who are applying for Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) status for the first time in Canada. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will be applying for a Non-Resident License (NRL P.Geo.).

Application Requirements

To apply for Professional Geoscientist status with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia you must meet academic, experience, law and ethics, language and good character requirements.

Academic Requirements

To apply for registration as a professional geoscientist, you are required to have the equivalent of graduation from a 4-year full-time bachelors program in applied science, engineering, geoscience, science or technology. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in geoscience with courses that satisfy the syllabus requirements, you may be assigned academic examinations and/or an interview.

Learn more about academic requirements for registration as a Professional Geoscientist

Experience Qualifications

To become registered as a Professional Geoscientist or to obtain a Non-Resident Licence, you must demonstrate that you have a minimum of 4 years of satisfactory geoscience work experience. At least one of these years must be gained in a Canadian Environment. Please note that if you gain experience in a different discipline from your academic qualifications, you will need to undergo an academic review and possible interview and/or examinations.

Learn more about the experience requirements for Professional Geoscience status

Law and Ethics Requirements

English Language Competence for Practice

English Language Competence for Practice is evaluated through:

  • An essay written as part of the Professional Practice Examination.
  • Comments of referees/validators, and
  • Comments of interviewers (if an interview is required).

Good Character Requirement

All applicants must prove that they are of good character and good repute. Engineers and Geoscientists BC will review the information provided in your application to ensure that you meet these standards. To learn more about these requirements, see the page for Good Character Requirement and Registration Hearings.

How to A​pply

Applications are made through the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Online Membership Application.

 

Docum​ents Required

  1. *Certified Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Photo Page of Current Passport, or Permanent Resident Card) (GITs are exempt if already submitted).
  2. Official transcripts sent directly to the offices of Engineers and Geoscientists BC from your educational institutions (GITs are exempt if already submitted). If required, a transcript request letter is available to send to your academic institution(s). 
  3. Completed Self-Evaluation Checklist for discipline of application (GITs are exempt if already submitted).
  4. Course descriptions for degrees achieved outside of British Columbia (GITs are exempt if already submitted).
  5. Completed work experience summary using the Geoscience Experience Template.
  6. Reference Forms from P.Geo. supervisors/colleagues (Minimum of four required).
  7. Thesis abstracts for masters or PhD if applicable, and
  8. Confirmation of membership from other professional regulatory and certification organizations outside of Canada if applicable.
To have a copy certified, make a photocopy of your document (citizenship card, birth certificate or current passport) and ask a P.Eng., P.Geo., P.E., or Notary Public to sign and stamp it as a "true copy of the original".  Alternatively, you may bring your original document and a photocopy of the document to our office to have it certified. If you cannot come in person, you can send a third party to bring in your original document, photocopy to be certified and a signed letter authorizing the individual to provide the documentation on your behalf.

How Much Does it Cost​?

 
What When Amount
Application Fee – Professional Registration (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada) With application $472.50
Application Fee – Non-Resident Licence With application $472.50
Applicant who is currently an GIT with Engineers and Geoscientists BC
(GIT application fee was waived)
With application $315.00
Applicant who is currently an GIT with Engineers and Geoscientists BC
(paid an application fee for GIT application)
With application $0.00
Professional Practice Examination With examination application $325.50
Professional Practice Examination Study Kit (optional) – picked up in person
Professional Practice Examination Study Kit (optional) – mailed from Engineers and Geoscientists BC
When ordered $238.00
$262.00
Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar When ordered $288.75
Licensing Fee After registration/licensure $262.50
Annual Fee – Professional Registrants P.Eng. or P.Geo. (Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada) Prorated, paid after registration $435.75
Annual Fee – Non Resident Licensees P.Eng. or P.Geo. Prorated, paid after licensure $659.00
 

After Applying

It takes approximately two to four months to review your application once we have received all of the required documents. For information about checking the status of your application please see Application Status.

First, an academic review will be done to determine if you meet Engineers and Geoscientists BC's minimum academic requirements for professional geoscientist status. If these requirements are not met, academic examinations may be assigned. Next, your experience will be reviewed to determine whether it meets minimum requirements. An interview may be required as part of the experience review process.

If you have a geoscience degree that requires some academic exams to be assigned, but have more than seven years of satisfactory geoscience experience, it is possible that you will be granted an interview in order to determine if all or some of the academic exams can be waived on the basis of your experience. There is no guarantee that an interview will result in the waiving of academic examinations.

All applicants for professional membership are required to sit and pass the Professional Practice Examination, complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar and fulfill the English Language Competency and Good Character Requirements.

Once registered or licensed, you will be sent a notification email along with a stamp and your certificate of registration/licensure.