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International Geoscience Graduates
Notice: The COVID-19 Pandemic may causse delays in completing your academic assessment.
Notice: COVID-19 and Cancellation of field schools.
- Field Techniques is a foundational geoscience subject and will not be waived for those graduating during COVID-19.
- APEGS will accept other types of field experience in-lieu of a formal field school course.
- Field experience must be verifiable and must meet the requirement for the subject Field Techniques as set out in Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements for Professional Registration in Canada (GKE).
Member-in-training Application Process
The application process for international graduates is summarized in the following document.
APEGS Process - International Graduates
You can also review the International member-in-training applicants Information session in either pdf or video format.
If you have a bachelor level geoscience degree from outside Canada, or a bachelor of science degree 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.
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. *This is not currently an option because the APEGS office is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lying or providing falsified documents will result in your application being frozen and forwarded to the Registrar's Advisory Committee (RAC) for consideration. The RAC can recommend that registration be denied based on issues of good character.
If during the registration process APEGS discovers that an applicant or member may not meet the Good Character Guideline then action will be taken.
The following are required for this process:
i. APEGS Member-in-training application and fee ($210 including tax)
ii. World Education Services ICAP course-by-course assessment*
iii. Proof of identification
iv. Academic Assessment fee
vi. Official Program Syllabi (if required)
* 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 regular mail. It is very important that you keep your contact information up to date or you may not receive important correspondence regarding your file. It is your responsibility to make sure the information we have is correct and up to date. You can do this through your online profile. You will be notified when your account has been created. Click Login on the top right corner of any APEGS web page to login.
If you have questions about the application process contact us at Questions-AcademicReview@apegs.ca.
Step 1: Submit Member-in-training Application
Online application instructions for first time applicants who have never applied to APEGS in the past:
You must apply online using a credit card.
1) Create an account with APEGS* and follow the instructions on screen:
* If you have applied to APEGS in the past then you already have an account, and you would not use this sign-up page. You would go straight to your online profile by clicking “Login” on the top right corner of this page. If you do not remember your former registration number/User ID with APEGS, please contact the APEGS office: 306-525-9547, toll free 1-800-500-9547, or email@example.com.
2) Check your email for “APEGS sign up verification” from APEGS firstname.lastname@example.org. The link in this email will take you to APEGS Central homepage and click on "Applications" tab which is on the left side of APEGS Central home page.
3) Select “Apply Now”.
4) Follow the instructions on screen to choose the correct application type (Geoscientist-in-Training - international graduate).
Step 2: Submit an application to World Education Services*
All internationally educated geoscience applicants must apply to World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course ICAP credential evaluation. 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 Assessment (ECA) report completed by WES for immigration purposes, then you must upgrade to the ICAP course-by-course report. You must also request a duplicate report and select APEGS as a recipient of that report.
*Exceptions to WES requirement:
1- If you graduated from an institution for which WES will not do an assessment, click here for instructions on how to provide academic documents and direct confirmation of graduation to APEGS. Click here for the Confirmation of Graduation Form to send to your university.
2 - If you have a Canadian bachelor of science degree that is not in geoscience, then you are not required to have a WES assessment. However, you must have the university that you graduated 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 (post).
If you do not know a professional engineer or geoscientist registered in Canada who can be a guarantor, a staff member at the APEGS office can sign your form. You must bring the guarantor form and your government issued photo ID to the APEGS office*. If you do not bring your ID with you the staff cannot sign the form. *This option is not currently available because the APEGS office is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Proof of ID must be sent to the APEGS office by mail (post). Faxed or scanned copies are not acceptable.
Step 4: Academic Assessment
The Academic Assessment requires that you pay a fee of $210 including tax (in addition to the member-in-training application fee) and submit the following to APEGS by email:
i. APEGS will notify you once the invoice for the academic assessment fee has been posted to you online profile
iii. Official Program Syllabi
Email documents to Documents-AcademicReview@apegs.ca
Make sure that the resume you provide includes all the geoscience experience you have gained since completing your bachelor's 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 ii 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 saying 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”.
We will not provide status updates by email or phone, so please do not contact APEGS to inquire about it. Once the Academic Review Committee has decided on your file, you will be notified by email. Please make sure that your contact information is kept up to date in our database to ensure that you receive communication from us.
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. There are two options for fulfilling deficiencies:
- taking an approved course(s)
- writing challenge exams
Once your deficiencies have been fulfilled, you will be assigned confirmatory exams.
If APEGS determines that you have a four-year bachelor level program of study in geoscience that appears to meet 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 Academic Review Committee (ARC). These technical exams confirm that the level of your academic training is comparable to that of a four-year Canadian bachelor's 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 five years or more of acceptable work experience. If the Academic Review Committee (ARC) determines that this is an option for you, you will be notified in writing and you must have your experience assessed by the Experience Review Committee (ERC). We will notify you if you have this option.
- The Academic Review Committee (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 a geoscientist-in-training. You have the privilege of using the title "Geoscientist-in-Training" only after you have paid the fees for your annual membership and licence. You will have six weeks to pay your annual membership and licence fees after you have been approved. Once you have paid the fees, we will send you an electronic image of your seal and your certificate.
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 Questions-AcademicReview@apegs.ca.
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