Geoscientist First Time Applying in Canada

About this Category

This category is for individuals who are applying for professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) registration for the first time in Canada. 

All applicants are encouraged to visit for general information on getting licensed as a P.Geo. in various jurisdictions across the country. The site has resources about each Canadian regulator as well as a self-assessment tool for prospective applicants.

Application Requirements

To apply for professional geoscientist registration 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, 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 Application tool.


Docum​ents Required

  1. *Certified Proof of Citizenship (e.g., 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 experience report using the Competency Assessment System.
  6. For existing applicants who applied prior to November 1, 2020, completed work experience summary using the Geoscience Experience Template and Reference Forms from P.Geo. supervisors/colleagues (minimum of four required).
  7. Thesis abstracts for masters or PhD if applicable, and
  8. Confirmation of registration/licensure from other professional regulatory or 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".  

How Much Does it Cost​?

What When Amount
Application Fee – Professional Registration (Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada) With application $498.75
Applicant who is currently an GIT with Engineers and Geoscientists BC
(GIT application fee was waived)
With application $341.25
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 $273.00
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
Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar When ordered $288.75
Registration/Licensing Fee After registration $283.50
Annual Fee – Professional Registrants P.Eng. or P.Geo. Prorated, paid after registration $472.50

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.

Upon registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, you will be sent a notification email along with a seal and your certificate of registration.