Self Assessment - Geoscience
This page explains what the purpose of the self assessment is and how to do it. The self assessment table that you must fill out is based on the document "Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Guidelines for Professional Registration in Canada" (GKE) that is published by Geoscientists Canada.
The Canadian Geoscience Standards Board of Geoscientists Canada has developed the GKE document to described the generalized content required in an four year bachelor of science degree in Geoscience in three different streams: Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Geoscience. The requirements for each stream are outlined in the correspondong self assessment tables attached below.
APEGS uses these the GKE to determine if the content of your education has equivalent breadth and depth to a Canadian four year Bachelor Degree in geoscience.
Why do I have to do a self assessment?
You know your academic background the best. To help the Reviewer performing the detailed academic assessment, you must complete a self assessment. The self assessment demonstrates to the Reviewer how your academic training compares to the Canadian standard as set out in the GKE.
How do I complete the self assessment?
If you do not follow the self assessment guidelines below APEGS will ask you to redo your self assessment! This will delay your application.
Self Assessment Guidelines
- Each table contains 5 sections. There are minimum requirements for each section, which are described in the left hand column. The detailed content of each subject is outlined in the GKE. It is not included in the self assessment table.
- A digital version of your self assessment must be sent to APEGS by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- All courses listed in your self assessment must be documented on the transcripts (and course descriptions) provided as part of your application.
- Provide only the relevant math/science and geoscience course descriptions, clearly labeled.
- Confirm that the course descriptions have the same number and name as the courses on your transcript. If they do not, please provide an explanation so that the reviewer will know which of your course descriptions refer to the courses on your transcript.
- Provide page numbers for the relevant course descriptions in the notes column of the self assessment table.
- Ensure that your application includes an interpretation of the grading system used at the institution you attended.
- For each subject in the table, list all relevant courses you took in that subject.
- If you are using one of your courses to cover more than one subject, assign a percentage of the course in each case (must not total more than 100%).
- If you include courses from more than one degree, indicate which degree each course was part of in the notes section.
- In the credit hours heading, indicate both the total hours for the course and the number of hours you are assigning to any given subject.
- The credit hours per course much be included in the official documentation provided as part of your application (usually either on your transcript or in the course descriptions).
- Use the notes section to provide any additional information that you think would be helpful
- If you do not properly link the self assessment to your transcript and course descriptions you may end up being assigned deficiencies.
- More is not always better. Only provide the information that APEGS has requested. The Academic review Committee will not assess reports or papers looking for relevant information.
- If there is some content in the syllabus that you did not learn in your academic program, but you do have work experience in, then you must provide a written explanation that clearly explains how certain work experience demonstrates your knowledge of that subject.
Please make your assessment as accurate, complete and explicit as possible, since it will be used as a guide by the person who reviews your file. This will ensure a timely and fair assessment of your academic credentials.
Self Assessment Tables
Self Assessment Geology
Self Assessment Environmental Geoscience
Self Assessment Geophysics