Geoscience is a regulated profession in Ontario and most of Canada. Just as engineers, doctors, lawyers, and many other professions are regulated in Canada, so are geoscientists. Practising geoscience without a licence can result in legal action and financial penalties as defined by the Professional Geoscientists Act (2000). The APGO is the regulator of geoscientists in Ontario and as such, governs the practice of geoscience in this province. APGO registers geoscientists and confers the Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.) designation on them. It also handles complaints and discipline with respect to the actions of P.Geo.’s. Over 2000 P.Geo.’s are registered with the APGO.

Aspiring to be a Professional Geoscientist?

If you wish to be qualified to practice geoscience in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada, start early! Become a student member of APGO. Get advice from APGO staff on which courses are necessary to meet APGO’s knowledge requirements. Enjoy the benefits of networking with Professional Geoscientists, the APGO Mentoring Program, and staying up-to-date with the geoscience field and related industries by subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter, Field Notes. To find out more about our networking events, please click on APGO Events.

Six Steps to Becoming a P.Geo.

  1. Apply to become a student member of APGO. 
  2. Use the online Knowledge Requirements Tool Kit.
  3. Complete a four year B.Sc. and meet all knowledge requirements.
  4. Apply and become a Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT). Students who register to be GITs within 6 months of graduating get their first year of GIT fees FREE.
  5. Get four years of geoscience work experience that meets APGO’s requirement.
  6. Register with APGO for P.Geo. designation.


Geoscience and Canada - Understanding our Earth: The vital role of Canada’s geoscientists

Geoscientists Canada’s Resource
Geoscience Knowledge and Experience
Requirements for Professional Registration in Canada.


Geoscientist-in-Training Program Guide
A useful document as you work toward your
career goal through a Geoscientist-In-Training (GIT) Program.


The Importance of Being a Geoscientist-in-Training

APGO encourages newly graduated students who are serious about pursuing a career in geoscience to register as a Geoscientist-in-Training as the next step towards achieving the P.Geo. designation. Here are members who shared their thoughts on the importance of becoming a Geoscientists-in-Training:

Joanna West, GIT


What’s Great About Being a Professional Geoscientist?

Being a Professional Geoscientist means being a part of a proud profession. In this section, APGO members share their perspective on what's great about being a Professional Geoscientist.