The Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000 received Royal Assent on June 23, 2000 and established the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO). APGO governs the practice of professional geoscience in Ontario and reports to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. The legislation protects the public and investors by establishing a regulated association of geoscientists with the power to admit only qualified persons, to encourage continuing professional competence, to discipline members for professional misconduct and to prevent unqualified individuals from practising.


The Act defines a professional geoscientist as someone who performs any activity that requires the knowledge, understanding and application of the principles of geoscience, and that concerns the safeguarding of the welfare of the public, life, health or property, including the natural environment, and who meets the requirements of membership in the APGO.

Applications for registration as a professional geoscientist with APGO are available either online or can be downloaded from this website, OR by contacting the office.


To protect the public by regulating geoscientists in Ontario and advancing professional practice.


To be acknowledged as a trusted and respected geoscience authority that engages fully qualified geoscience professionals for the benefit of geoscience and society.