An applicant for practising (including those applying through a change of designation application), limited, and when appropriate, temporary membership must provide a minimum of three references in support of their application.

  • The first referee must be a practising geoscientist registered with a geoscience regulatory body in Canada.
  • The second referee must be either a professional geoscientist registered in Canada, or a professional engineer (P.Eng.) registered with a Canadian engineering regulatory body, preferably one who is qualified to conduct geoscience.
  • The third referee can be anyone who knows the applicant’s work experience well.

An applicant for Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT) membership is only required to submit one reference at the time of applying. The referee is attesting to the character of the applicant. If the applicant has completed any geoscience work experience and is reporting that work experience, in the form of a work experience record, the referee may attest to that geoscience work experience if able to do so.

Applicants will be asked to submit the name and email address of each referee when completing the online application form. They will also be asked to upload a work experience record (WER), if applicable. When submitting an application, the WER (where applicable) will automatically be emailed to each of the referees along with a link to complete an online reference form. There is no limit on the number of references an applicant can submit. Should you need to submit further references, or you do not wish to use the online form, please send the Membership Reference Form and a copy of your WER (where applicable) to your referees.