This is an internship and mentoring program for Geoscientists-in-Training (G.I.T.) or an internationally-trained applicant, during which 48 cumulative months of required work experience is acquired, including 12 months of Canadian or equivalent experience.

Registration in the G.I.T. Program:

  • Demonstrates that you are giving serious consideration to becoming registered as a geoscientist in Ontario;
  • Helps ensure that you are receiving essential relevant experience, as PGO will review your progress with suggestions to remedy apparent deficiencies;
  • Allows you to participate in the PGO program and insurance plans;
  • Entitles you to receive PGO publications, information, and invitations to PGO meetings and functions.

Recent Graduate? The first year’s dues for a G.I.T. membership are waived if you apply within six (6) months of being awarded a university (or equivalent institution) Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent credential).


To apply for membership in Ontario as a Geoscientist-in-Training (G.I.T.) you must:

  • Complete an application form and submit the application fees;
  • Provide a copy of one of the following I.D. types: birth certificate, passport, valid Canadian driver’s license, or Certificate of Canadian Citizenship.
  • Provide an official copy of all academic transcripts, which must be sent directly to PGO from the institution or institutions from which you received the degree or degrees. If you have obtained your education from an institution outside of Canada you must have a Canadian equivalency evaluation completed, on a course-by-course basis by the World Education Services (WES), in Canada;
  • You are encouraged to submit a Work Experience Record (WER), completed as described by the Qualifying Work Experience Requirement document, of any geoscience work experience completed to the time of application*
  • One character reference, utilizing the Referee Form. This reference may, but is not required, attest to any geoscience work experience you may have completed.

*Submittal of geoscience work experience is not required, but it helps to ensure that you are receiving essential relevant experience, and PGO will review your progress with suggestions to remedy any apparent deficiencies.


Once all of your documents have been received, it normally takes PGO 6-8 weeks to review your application for membership. You will then be sent a letter of the Registration Committees decision. For more information on PGO Application Process Average Timelines, click here.


Please check the Fee Schedule for the current fees.

For more information about applying to PGO, please review the Guideline to Registration for Membership.