An applicant for registration as a professional geoscientist is required to demonstrate at least 4 years (48 months cumulative) of verifiable and acceptable work experience. An applicant will have obtained work experience wherein knowledge of geoscience theory is combined with an awareness of the necessity for accuracy, thoroughness and critical thought in all phases of geoscience practice. To supplement knowledge of geoscience theory, an applicant must demonstrate an exposure to, and practice experience in each of the following five areas:

  1. Practical experience in the application of geoscience theory;
  2. Practical experience in the understanding of geoscience processes and systems;
  3. Management of geoscience projects;
  4. Proficiency in communication;
  5. Awareness of societal implications.

An applicant must confirm that at least 12 months of the work experience has been obtained in Canada or in a Canadian work environment or an equivalent satisfactory to the Registration Committee to qualify for membership.

An applicant may be granted up to 12 months credit for pre-graduation experience gained after the second year of university but prior to receiving a B.Sc. degree, up to 12 months additional credit for work experience gained during a M.Sc. program and a further 12 months credit for work experience gained during a Ph.D. program.

For additional information, see Qualifying Work Experience Requirements.

Geoscience work experience is to be submitted in reverse chronological order on the Work Experience Record (WER), and the references that are selected by the applicant will be asked to validate the work experience statements.

Examples of previously submitted Work Experience Records: PDF1 and PDF2