To obtain a Geologist’s Permit

Four conditions must be satisfied for you to be eligible to a Geologist Permit (in sequence):

  1. Having an accredited geology degree or its equivalent;
  2. Prooving three (3) years of pertinent experience after graduation, including one year in Canada;
  3. Having successfully passed the professional exam;
  4. Having demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the French language.

French language: rules and procedures are set by OQLF as described in the Charter of the French language

Professional exam: details of the exam can be viewed here.

Sufficient professional experience: If you do not have a minimum of three years of relevant experience, you are not eliglble for a Geologist’s Permit. Nevertheless, you may ask to be accepted as a Geologist-in-training using the procedure outlined in To become a Geologist-in-training.

Procedure

The procedure to follow in order to request a Permit varies with your situation. Three procedures may apply according to your personal situation as listed below. By clicking on the link included in the statement that applies to your situation, you will be taken to the appropriate procedure:

Accredited Degrees

Institution Degree
Université Laval Baccalauréat en géologie
Baccalauréat en génie géologique
Université McGill Bachelor of Science, Major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Bachelor of Science, Honors in Earth Sciences
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi Baccalauréat en géologie Baccalauréat en génie géologique
Université du Québec à Montréal Baccalauréat en géologie
École Polytechnique (avant 2001) Baccalauréat en génie géologique
Université Concordia (avant 1996) Bachelor of Science, Specialization in Geology
Bachelor of Science, Honours in Geology
Université de Montréal (avant 1996) Baccalauréat spécialisé en géologie

Other degrees not on the list of accredited degrees are subject to evaluation of equivalency.

You hold an accredited degree 

If you hold an accredited degree in geology from Québec and have more than three years of relevant experience, you may request a Geologist’s Permit by completing Form A  (type A-1) accompanied by adequate references on your experience on Forms E-1e  for work experience and E-2 CC1-CC4 (Bilingual version) OR E-2 CC5-CC8 (English version not available yet) , and/or E-1d  for diplomas of graduate studies, with the required supporting documents. Detailed instructions can be found on each form. After your experience has been accepted, you will have to pass the professional exam before a Permit can be issued by the Board of directors.

Documents to be provided

  • Filled out Application form with signed and dated photo
  • Certified student record for B.Sc.
  • Copies of student records for M.Sc. and PhD. (as the case may be)
  • Statement of experience
  • Reference forms which are to be forwarded to the Ordre by witnesses
  • Detailed Resume
  • Copy of birth certificate (a copy of Passport is accepted)
  • Copies of transcripts for other training

Note: In all cases, payment of fees must have been received before any request will be processed.

You hold another degree

If you have more than three years of relevant experience, you may request a Geologist’s Permit by completing Form A accompanied by adequate references on your experience on Forms E-1e for work experience  and E-2 CC1-CC4 (bilingual version) OR E-2 CC5-CC8 (English version not available yet), and/or E-1d for diplomas of graduate studies, with the required supporting documents. Detailed instructions can be found on each form. After your experience has been reconised, you will have to pass the professional exam before a Permit can be issued by the Board of directors.

Your academic training will have to undergo an evaluation of equivalency. This may entail that additional forms are to be filled with additional fees. In case equivalency is not recognized, you will advised of gaps identified and ways to remedy.

Note: experience requirements include one year of practice in a Canadian context; if you are found lacking in this respect, you may be offered registration through a temporary restricted permit. In case of insufficient professional experience on your part, membership as as a Geologist-in-training may be offered.

Documents to be provided

  • Filled out Application form with signed and dated photo
  • Certified student record for B.Sc.
  • Copies of student records for M.Sc. and PhD. (as the case may be)
  • Statement of experience
  • Reference forms which are to be forwarded to the Ordre by witnesses
  • Detailed Resume
  • Copy of birth certificate (a copy of Passport is accepted)
  • Copies of transcripts for other training
  • For a degree from outside Canada, or a Canadian degree not in Geology: complete form D-5 and attach a description of the program and details of courses.  

We reserve the right to ask for the Education credential evaluation report by MICC.

Note: In all cases, payment of fees must have been received before any request will be processed.

You are registered as a geologist-in-training 

If you are registered as a geologist-in-training and have more than three years of relevant experience, you may request a Geologist’s Permit by completing Form A accompanied by adequate references on your experience on Form E-1e  for work experience and E-2 CC1-CC4 (bilingual version) OR E-2 CC5-CC8 (English version not available yet), and/or Form E-1d  for diplomas of graduate studies, with the required supporting documents. After your experience has been recognised, you will have to pass the professional exam before a Permit can be issued by the Board of directors.

Documents to be provided

  • Filled out Application form with  signed and dated photo
  • Statement of experience
  • Reference forms to be forwarded to the Ordre by witnesses
  • Detailed Resume

As the case may be:

  • Copies of student records for M.Sc. and Ph.D
  • Copies of diplomas for M.Sc. and PhD.
  • Copies of transcripts for other training

Note: In all cases, payment of fees must have been received before any request will be processed.