In Canada, geoscience is a regulated profession. To practice, a geoscientist must register as a P.Geo. and get a licence from the regulatory body – professional association – in each province or territory in which they practice. Geoscientists Canada is the national organization of regulatory bodies that govern Canada’s more than 9,500 Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.’s) and more than 2,000 Geoscientists-in-training.
Who We Are
What We Do
Awards & Fellowships
"I have come to understand that our professional associations will sustain excellence in our profession be it through ethical rules, continuous education requirements or the coaching of young people so they reach the full title. We must be proud of the road travelled and of our P.Geo. designation."- Isabelle Cadieux, géo.
Every day, we use information geoscientists provide and don’t even realise it. When we use our mobile devices, ride a bicycle, get a glass of water, drive across a bridge or through a tunnel, turn on a light or look into a mirror, a geoscientist had something to do with it.
What is Geoscience
What P.Geo.’s do
Careers in Geoscience
"P.Geo. is a badge I wear proudly. Our regulatory system in Canada is one of the most respected in the world, so having a P.Geo. designation speaks volumes about what I bring to the table."- James Moors, P. Geo.
BECOMING A P.GEO.
Geoscientists are professionals like architects, doctors, lawyers, foresters and engineers. You wouldn’t hire an unlicensed lawyer or accountant to be your advisor or allow an unlicensed surgeon to operate on you, so why would you hire an unlicensed geoscientist to work for you? Part of the drive to regulate the profession of geoscience came in the wake of the Bre-X gold mining fraud and the Walkerton groundwater contamination incident; two examples where better public governance of geoscientific practice in Canada could have provided greater protection of the public and prevented loss of reputation about the work of geoscientists.
Becoming a P.Geo.
The Need to be Licensed
Apply for P.Geo.
“Regulating the profession by standards of basic minimum appropriate education and promoting continuing professional development is essential for quality practice and protection of the public”- Ganpat Lodha, P. Geo.
PRACTICE IN CANADA
Being a P.Geo. places you under a code of ethics and makes you individually accountable for all the geoscience work you undertake. To practice geoscience in Canada, you must register with the regulatory body – professional association – in the province or territory in which you work. Those whose practice extends to more than one province or territory may have to carry multiple registrations. Becoming registered entitles you to practice in that jurisdiction and it allows you to use the designation Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.).
Practice in Canada
Canada and Geoscience
Complaints & Discipline
“Being a professional has been a large part of my career. It has given me rights – and with that, responsibilities. It has allowed me to work on many interesting projects in Canada and abroad. It has required me to do the best job I possibly can to protect the public and the environment.”- Jeff O’Keefe, P.Geo.
PUBLICATIONS & POLICY
Geoscientists Canada produces and compiles a wide variety of materials, resources, and policies in support public protection through skilled, versatile, reputable, and accountable professional geoscience practice.
Policy & Statements
Geoscience Practice Guidelines Catalogue
“In all the excitement of my work as a geoscientist, it’s too easy to overlook an exceedingly important aspect of being part of a self-regulating profession: my code of ethics requires me to conduct my work ‘in the public interest’”- George Eynon, P.Geo.
PRESS & EVENTS
Press & Events
"I consider the title P. Geo. to be both a proud recognition of our achievements and a humble reminder of our professional responsibilities."- Raymond Reichelt, P. Geo.
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