In order to become eligible to become a professional surveyor in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, or a Canada Lands Surveyor, a candidate must have a Certificate of Completion, issued by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors.
A Certificate of Completion of Academic Requirements for Professional Surveyors will be issued upon:
• proof of sufficient academic qualifications
• by successful completion of examinations set by the CBEPS
• or by a combination of academic qualifications and completion examinations.
The minimum entrance requirement to become a CBEPS candidate requirement if coming from outside Canada (Foreign Trained) are graduation from a two-year geomatics or surveying program at a technical institute or from a degree program at a university.
Academic and Technical Requirements
The Canadian academic and technical requirements to become a land surveyor are detailed in the National Syllabus and comprise 12 core and 5 elective components. To obtain a Certificate of Completion a candidate has to have received exemptions or successfully passed an examination in all Core Requirements plus one of the Elective Requirements. These are listed below.
• C1 – Mathematics
• C2 – Least Squares Estimation & Data Analysis
• C3 – Advanced Surveying
• C4 – Coordinate Systems & Map Projections
• C5 – Geospatial Information Systems
• C6 – Geodetic Positioning
• C7 – Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
• C8 – Cadastral Studies
• C9 – Survey Law
• C10 – Land Use Planning & Economics of Land Development
• C11 – Business Practices & the Profession
• C12 – Hydrography
• E1 – Spatial Databases & Land Information Systems
• E2 – Advanced Hydrography (not yet available)
• E3 – Environmental Management
• E4 – Advanced Remote Sensing
• E5 – Advanced Photogrammetry
Detailed learning outcomes and study guides are available for each of the requirements listed above at The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors