Geoscientist First Time Applying in Canada
This category is for individuals who are applying for professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) registration for the first time in Canada.
All applicants are also encouraged to visit geoscienceincanada.ca 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.
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.
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.
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.
English Language Competence for Practice is evaluated through:
- An essay written as part of the Professional Practice Examination (this is phasing out after November 2022),
- Communication competencies through the Competency Assessment System,
- Comments of referees/validators, and
- Comments of interviewers (if an interview is required), and
- If required, an approved English Language Test (IELTS, CAEL or Duolingo English Test*) beginning in January 2023.
*Note that an experience assessment will be conducted first before determining whether an appropriate English language test is required. Do not register or submit results unless specifically assigned or requested.
Starting in January 2023, English language competence will be assessed primarily through Communication competencies. The essay section of the Professional Practice Examination will no longer be used to evaluate English language competence for practice after the November 2022 exam session.
Please see the following for more information:
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.
Applications are made through the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Online Application tool.
- *Certified true copy of the photo page of your current passport, NEXUS card, Canadian citizenship card (issued prior to 2012), Canadian permanent resident card, or a Certificate of Indian Status (status card). GITs are exempt if already submitted. Applicants are required to upload this document through their applicant dashboard.
- 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).
- Completed Self-Evaluation Checklist for discipline of application (GITs are exempt if already submitted).
- Course descriptions for degrees achieved outside of British Columbia (GITs are exempt if already submitted).
- Completed experience report using the Competency Assessment System.
- 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).
- Thesis abstracts for masters or PhD if applicable, and
- Confirmation of registration/licensure from other professional regulatory or certification organizations outside of Canada if applicable.
*To have your document certified, take a clear photocopy of your document and ask a British Columbia registered P.Eng., P.Geo., P.L.Eng., P.L.Geo., or Notary Public to sign, date, and stamp it as a "true copy of the original".
Find more information about application and registration fees on the Fee Schedule.
Throughout your application process, you can expect fees for:
If applicable to your application, additional fees may be required (e.g., academic exams, interviews).
After registration is granted, all registrants are subject to annual fees (prorated in the first year of registration).
We are experiencing delays with geoscience application processing and assessment, and cannot meet previous expected review times. We are working to reduce the delays and appreciate your patience and understanding.
If you have further questions, you may find the answer on our Frequently Asked Questions.
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.