Professional Geoscientist

What is the Professional Geoscientist qualification and why may I want it?

You are required by law to register as a Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo., Environmental Geoscience) if you intend to professionally apply the principles and techniques of geomorphology, soils, hydrology, climate science, remote sensing and GIS to environmental geoscience problems. Professional Environmental Geoscientists work in environmental monitoring, rehabilitation, planning and public relations, atmospheric science, resource management (e.g., forests, water), terrain evaluation, soil science, forest geoscience, land use planning, mapping of surficial deposits, and application of remote sensing and GIS. Many positions in government and in the consulting industry require a scientist to be a P.Geo. in order to carry out their tasks. Professional Geoscience registration is administered by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) in BC; the updated (Fall 2015) Physical Geography Geoscience stream fits the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG) national syllabus allowing P.Geo.’s to practice throughout Canada.

How do I become registered as a Professional Environmental Geoscientist?

There are four steps: (1) complete a University degree in geoscience (BSc in Physical Geography, Geoscience stream), including courses required by APEGBC; (2) apply to APEGBC to become a geoscientist-in-training; (3) gain four years of experience; and (4) pass a professional practice exam.

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