GIT First Time Applying in Canada
This category is for recent graduates from university level geoscience programs (or the equivalent) who have met the academic requirements for registration in their intended discipline of practice.
A geoscientist-in-training (GIT) is a member of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia who has demonstrated academic qualification, but is required to complete four years of geoscience experience for professional registration.
To apply for registration as a geoscientist-in-training, 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.
- You have an undergraduate geoscience degree and at least 7 years of geoscience experience in professional charge. The decision to grant a reduction or an exemption is based on a detailed review of your academics, experience, references, and possibly a 1-hour interview held at our office.
In order to become a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC you must be of good character and reputation. Good character connotes moral and ethical strength and includes integrity, candor, honesty and trustworthiness. All of our members are held accountable to a Code of Ethics that governs the way an individual practices his or her profession. We will review the information provided in your application to ensure that you meet these standards.
Applications are made through the Online Membership Application.
- *Certified Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Photo Page of Current Passport, or Permanent Resident Card)
- Official transcripts sent directly to our office from your educational institutions. If required, a transcript request letter is available to send to your academic institution(s).
- Completed Self-Evaluation Checklist for discipline of application
- Course descriptions for degrees achieved outside of British Columbia
- Thesis abstracts for masters or PhD if applicable
- Confirmation of membership from other professional engineering 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".
|First-time applicant (application fee is waived if applying within 12 months of graduation from an engineering or geoscience post-secondary program)
|Application Fee – Academically-qualified EIT, GIT, MIT, ing jr, géo jr or stagiare in other province or territory
|Application Fee - First time applicant
|Annual Fee GIT
||Prorated, paid after enrolment
It takes approximately one month to review your application once all required documents have been received. For information about checking the status of your application please see Application Status.
An academic review will be conducted to determine if you meet the minimum academic requirements for GIT status. Following this review, academic examinations may be assigned. Please note that you will not be enrolled as an GIT unless you are deemed academically qualified or have successfully completed the academic exams assigned.
Once enrolled, you will be sent a notification email and a certificate of enrollment.
Please note that effective November 1, 2020, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will be implementing competency-based assessment for geoscience applicants. New applicants for the professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) designation from November 1, 2020 onwards will be required to report their experience using the competency reporting system.
Existing applicants who applied for P.Geo. prior to November 1, 2020 will have the option to continue reporting their experience using the traditional method they began with or elect to use the competency reporting system. Any existing applicants who do not complete their applications using the traditional method by January 1, 2022 will be required to report their experience using the competency reporting system.
GITs applying for P.Geo. are expected to report geoscience work experience using the Geoscience Work Experience Template. For more information on the experience requirements for P.Geo. registration, please visit the Experience Qualifications section.
If you gain experience in a different discipline from your academic qualifications, you will need to undergo an academic review and may be assigned an interview and/or examinations.