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Canadian Land Surveyors

I am a land surveyor in another Canadian jurisdiction. How do I become an Alberta Land Surveyor?

If a person holds a license in good standing to practice land surveying in another Canadian jurisdiction, the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association requires that person to complete the following requirements in order to be licensed as a land surveyor in Alberta:

  1. Complete the jurisdictional examination; and then
  2. Meet the requirements of Section 24 of the Examination & Training Regulation.

For more information, please review the affiliate member and internal trade handbook.


Licensed Canadian land surveyors who wish to become Alberta Land Surveyors may wish to become affiliate members of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association. Complete the affiliate member application form and submit the fees as required by the bylaws (currently $200 plus GST). Affiliate member fees must be paid by April 30 of each year the candidate is an affiliate member. Fees will not be pro-rated.

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association must receive a “good standing” letter directly from the candidate’s home association before the affiliate member application will be accepted.

Individuals must apply to write the jurisdictional examination.

Applicants will be examined on their knowledge and ability to apply pertinent acts and regulations as it relates to land surveying in Alberta. This examination will include questions on evaluating evidence, measurement science, the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association and a variety of real world problems. Typical survey question that may be included: rights of way, subdivisions, condominiums, real property reports, survey control networks, the DLS township system, unsurveyed territory, wellsites, hybrid cadastre, natural boundaries, traverse problems, and so on. Emphasis will be placed on situations requiring some degree of discretion and professional judgement.

You may wish to review past professional examinations for articling pupils.

The passmark for the jurisdiction-specific examination is 75%.

If a candidate does not achieve a pass mark in the written jurisdictional examination, the ALSA may require the candidate to wait a period of time before attempting the written jurisdictional examination again. The waiting period shall not exceed 30 calendar days.

Upon the successful completion of the qualifying examination, the candidate must pay the prescribed fees, provide proof of professional liability insurance and take and subscribe an oath before a judge of the Court of Appeal or Court of Queen’s Bench.

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The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public and administration of the profession.