GIT First Time Applying in Canada


About this Category

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.

Learn more in the Guide to GIT Registration
For more information about working in geoscience in Canada, visit

Who Can Apply

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.


Becoming a GIT allows you to:

Application Requirements​

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 may be granted exemption from examinations if:

  • 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.

Good Character Requirement

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.

How to A​pply

Applications are made through the Online Application tool.


Documents Required

  • *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 registration 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". 

How Much Does it Cost?

  •  All prices are subject to GST
What When Amount
First-time applicant (application fee is waived if applying within 12 months of graduation from an engineering or geoscience post-secondary program)   $0.00
Application Fee – Academically-qualified EIT, GIT, MIT, ing jr, géo jr or stagiare in other province or territory   $0.00
Application Fee - First time applicant applying more than 12 months after graduation With application $475.00
Annual Fee GIT Prorated, paid after registration $276.00

After Applying

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, 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.

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.