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 registrant of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia who has demonstrated academic qualification, but is required to complete 4 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 if necessary, a 1-hour remote interview held virtually.
In order to become a registrant of Engineers and Geoscientists BC you must be of good character and repute. Good character connotes moral and ethical strength and includes integrity, candor, honesty and trustworthiness. All of our registrants 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 Application tool.
- A completed online application.
- Certified* copies of 2 pieces of government-issued identification (ID) for registration. Both pieces of ID must contain the applicant’s full legal name, must be valid (i.e., not expired) at the time of registration, and at least 1 piece of ID must contain your photo. For more guidance on acceptable forms of IDs, please review the Guideline on Certified Identification Documents. Applicants are required to upload as 1 document through their application dashboard
- 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 courses claimed on the self-evaluation checklist.
- Thesis abstracts for masters or PhD if applicable.
- Confirmation of registration from other professional engineering regulatory and certification organizations outside of Canada (if applicable).
*To have your document certified, the copies of both your original IDs must be signed, dated and stamped by an acceptable certifying official. Please refer to the Guideline on Certified Identification Documents
for a list of acceptable certifying officials and the steps for ID certification.
Find more information about application and registration fees on the Fee Schedule.
Throughout your application process, you can expect fees for:
- An application for registration (first-time applicant applying more than 12 months after graduation).
The application fee is waived if applying:
- Within 12 months of graduation from an engineering or geoscience post-secondary program, or
- As an academic qualified EIT, GIT, MIT, ing jr, géo jr or stagiare in other province or territory.
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 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 registration. Following this review, academic examinations may be assigned. Please note that you will not be registered as an GIT unless you are deemed academically qualified or have successfully completed the academic exams assigned.
Once registered, you will be sent a notification email and a certificate.
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 Assessment 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 Assessment 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 Assessment System.
GITs applying for P.Geo. after November 1, 2020 are expected to report geoscience work experience using the Competency Assessment System.
GITs who applied for P.Geo. prior to November 1, 2020 may 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 of Geoscientist First Time Applying in Canada.
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.