Minimum Knowledge Requirements

To practice as a professional geoscientist in Ontario, Geoscientists Canada recommends a 4-year bachelor of science degree in an area of geoscience awarded by a Canadian university, or the equivalent, which meets the entry level knowledge requirements set by the APGO Registration Committee and as approved by Council. All credentials are assessed by the Registration Committee against the specified knowledge requirements to determine if the APGO minimum criteria for admission to professional practice have been met.

The following is a summary of knowledge requirements that are detailed in the knowledge requirement template:

  • 1A – Compulsory Foundation Science (3 EUs)
  • 1B – Additional Foundation Science (6 EUs)
  • 2A – Compulsory Foundation Geoscience (4 EUs)
  • 2B – Additional Foundation Geoscience (5 EUs)
  • 2C – Other Geoscience/Science (9 EUs)

The basic unit utilized in a knowledge requirement assessment is an education unit or EU. One EU is defined as formal instruction equivalent to one-semester (13-week or 0.5 credit course).

For additional information on the APGO Knowledge requirements, including the credential progress self-assessment tool, please click here.

Canadian Transcripts: An applicant whose undergraduate/postgraduate geoscience degree(s) have been awarded by a Canadian university must ensure that an official copy of their academic transcript is set directly to APGO from the institution from which they received their degree.

International Transcripts: An applicant whose undergraduate/postgraduate geoscience degree(s) have been awarded outside of Canada must be assessed for equivalency, on a course by course basis, and should be sent by the applicant’s university/institution to an assessment service. One such organization that provides both certified translation services and academic assessments is World Education Services (WES). For additional information on costs and translation/assessment services please contact WES at http://www.wes.org/ca/apgo.asp.