International Geoscience Graduates
If you have a bachelor level geoscience degree from outside Canada, or a bachelor of science deree from Canada that is not in geoscience, then you should follow the process outlined below. If your degree is from Canada then you should skip step 2. A WES assessment is not required for Canadian graduates.
If you are planning to immigrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program you should read about the Express Entry system and the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, and how they relate to your APEGS application.
For people who want to apply for SINP, they require the approval letter showing that you are currently an geoscientist-in-training. Therefore, you must apply with APEGS first, complete the process required to obtain membership and wait for the approval letter. APEGS cannot provide a letter indicating that you are eligible to obtain a license. The only way to demonstrate eligibility is to actually apply and obtain your geoscientist-in-training license.
Before you start!
Learn about the entire process for professional licensure.You should read and understand the information on the following web pages. Overview, Member-in-training, Professional member, Work Experience Reporting, Professional Practice Exam.
** Note: If, after reading this information, you wish to meet with someone at APEGS, then you must MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME. Please contact the APEGS office.
The following documents are required for this process:
i. APEGS Member-in-training application form
ii. World Education Services ICAP document-by-document assessment*
iii. Proof of ID
iv. Academic Assessment application form
vi. Course descriptions
* not required for Canadian graduates of non-geoscience programs
Your Contact Information
Once you have applied with APEGS we need to be able to contact you both by email and by regular mail. It is very important that you keep your contact information up to date or you may not receive important correspondance regaring your file. It is your responsibiloity to make sure the information we have is correct and up to date. You can do this using Online Services.
Instructions to access On-Line Services if you have not used it before:
Click here to access On-Line Services. Your user name is your 5-digit file number or registration number and if you have not used the system before, you can obtain your password by clicking on “New password / Forgot password”. Enter the information requested and an email containing your password will be sent to the preferred e-mail address on record with APEGS.
Step 1: Submit Member-in-training Application
On-line Member-in-training Application Form
You must apply for your geoscientist-in-training on-line using a credit card. Choose application type "Geoscientist-in-Training - Intl grad".
Member-in-Training paper application form
You should not use the printed application form unless a company is paying the application fee by cheque or the company who is paying the application fee does not pay GST (such as Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority). Do not submit the paper application form if you apply on-line.
Step 2: Submit an application to World Education Services*
All internationally educated geoscience applicants must submit an application to World Education Services (WES) for a document-by-document ICAP credential evaluation. Click here for step-by-step instruction on how to submit a WES Application. CLick here for step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade from ECA to an ICAP evaluation. To submit an application for a WES credential evaluation click here WES-APEGS and follow the instructions. You must include all non-Canadian university education that is relevant to geoscience as part of the WES credential evaluation. You must choose APEGS as a recipient of the report and then WES will provide APEGS with secure electronic access to your credential evaluation and copies of the verified academic documents that were assessed. You do not need to provide us with a copy of your assessment!
If you already have an Educational Credential Assessement (ECA) report completed by WES for immigration purposes, then you must upgrade to the standard document-by-document report. You also request a duplicate report and selecet APEGS as a recipient of that report.
If you have an academic credential assessment done by another organization please contact APEGS at AcademicReview@apegs.ca to determine if it is acceptable.
*Exceptions to WES requirement:
1- A WES assessment is not required if you have completed a Masters or Ph.D. in geoscience from a Canadian university and that university received your bachelor transcript and diploma directly from the institution that issued the degree. In this case, you must have the Canadian university send us copies of the bachelor transcript and diploma DIRECTLY to the APEGS office, accompanied by a letter stating that they received the documents directly from the issuing institution. If for any reason you can't get both the letter and copies of the documents then you must have a WES assessment.
2 - If you have a Canadian bachelor of science degree that is not in geoscience you are not required to have a WES assessment. However, you must have the university that you grauated from issue a copy of your transcript directly to APEGS.
Step 3: Mail proof of ID document to APEGS
You must provide proof of your identity by completing the guarantor form and sending it to APEGS by mail.
If you do not know a professional member of APEGS who can be a guarantor, a staff member at the APEGS office can sign your form. You must bring the guarantor form and you government issued photo ID to the APEGS office. If you do not bring your ID with you the staff cannot sign the form.
Proof of ID must be sent to the APEGS office by mail. Faxed or scanned copies are not acceptable.
Step 4: Academic Assessment
A flow chart depicting the Academic Assessment Process for international graduates may help you to understand the process. The Academic Assessment requires that you submit the following to APEGS by email:
i. Academic Assessment Application form
iii. Official Course descriptions
Make sure that the resume you provide includes all the geoscience experience you have gained since completing your bachelor degree. You must include the dates (including month and year) you started and ended each position, the title of the position, the name of the company and a brief description of the job tasks. There is no prescribed format for the resume. Submit the same style resume that you would use for a job application. We review your resume to see the full history of your academic and experience background.
The documents in i through iv must be sent by email after you have submitted your online application. Please include your file number and full name on each document.
Steps 1 through 4 must be completed before we will begin processing your application.
Once we have received all the required documents including your WES credential evaluation, we will begin assessing your file. We will send you an email telling that your file is now “In Progress” and give an estimate of how long it will take for the academic assessment to be completed.
What happens once my application has been received?
Once you have completed steps one through three and APEGS has received all the relevant documents, APEGS will send you an email to confirm that your files is now “in progress”. The email will state: Your application for an academic review as part of your member-in-training application with APEGS is now complete. We have received all the documents we need and your file is now considered to be “in progress”. The estimated time for the academic assessment to be completed is one year from this date.
We will not provide status updates by email or phone, so please do not contact the office to inquire about it. Once the Academic Review Committee has made a decision on your file, you will be notified by mail. Please make sure that your contact information is kept up to date in our database to ensure that you receive mail from us. You can update your profile through the “On-Line Services” link on our website.
Instructions to access On-Line Services if you have not used it before:
Click here to access "On-Line Services". Your user name is your 5-digit file number or registration number and if you have not used the system before, you can obtain your password by clicking on “New password / Forgot password”. Enter the information requested and an email containing your password will be sent to the preferred e-mail address on record with APEGS.
What is an Academic Assessment?
APEGS will compare your academic background to the Canadian academic standard for geoscience. The Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (Geoscientists Canada) has set this standard and outlined it in a document called “Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements (GKE)”, or GKE for short.
Possible Results of Academic Assessment
If there are any gaps in your academic background compared to the GKE then you will be assigned to fill these gaps or “deficiencies”. If you have more than six deficiencies then APEGS will deny your application. However you will be given a “roadmap” of what you must do to re-apply in the future. You are given three options for fulfilling deficiencies:
- taking an approved course(s)
- writing challenge exams
- writing a description of work experience that demonstrates knowledge of the deficient areas (called Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL)
Once your deficiencies have been fulfilled, you will be assigned confirmatory exams.
If APEGS determines that you have a 4-year bachelor level program of study in geoscience that meets the content requirement as specified in the GKE, then you will be assigned confirmatory exams. There are usually three confirmatory exams, but this is at the discretion of the ARC. These technical exams confirm that the level of your academic training comparables to that of a 4-year Canadian bachelor degree in geoscience.
Waiving Confirmatory Exams:
Confirmatory exams may be waived in the following circumstances:
- You have completed an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in geoscience.
- You have more than five years of acceptable work experience. If the ARC determines that this is an option for you, you must write up your work experience following APEGS experience reporting guidelines and have it assessed by the Experience Review Committee (ERC). We will notify you if you have this option. DO NOT submit work experience reports unless you are notified that you are eligible for this.
- The ARC has determined that your performance in completing deficiencies through the course or exam route demonstrates an acceptable level of education.
Once Confirmatory exams have been completed, or they have been waived, APEGS will send you a letter informing you that you have been approved as geoscientist-in-training. This letter will include a notice for your membership dues. Once you have paid the dues, we will send you your stamp and certificate and you will also be eligible to use the “geoscientist-in-training” title.
What if I'm not sure I'll meet the academic requirements for geoscient-in-training?
If you are not sure if you meet the academic requirements for geoscientist-in-training, you should apply as a geoscientist-in-training anyway and see what the results are. If your result shows that you do not meet the academic requirements, your options would be to fulfill the deficiencies, or apply as a geoscience licensee. There is no application fee for geoscience licensee if you applied as a geoscientist-in-training in the past.
If during the registration process APEGS discovers that an applicant or member may not meet the Good Character Guideline then action will be taken.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on international graduate applications can be found here.
If you have any questions concerning the application process for international geoscience graduates, please contact the APEGS office: Local Regina 525-9547, Toll free 1-800-500-9547 or by email at AcademicReview@apegs.ca.
Member-in-Training application form
Use this form only if the on-line application system is not available or a company is paying for you by cheque
Academic Assessment Application form
Proof of ID policy
Proof of ID Guarantor form
Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements
Good Character Guideline