This self-assessment tool will allow you to compare details you enter about your academic training and your work experience as a geoscientist with typical requirements for professional registration in Canada.
IMPORTANT: It is not a formal assessment. A formal assessment can only occur by submitting a completed application and the application fee for professional registration to one of the regulators in Canada. This tool will only provide you with a preliminary indication of how your qualifications may compare to typical licensure requirements.
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Upon completion of your self-assessment, the tool will provide you with your own short written report – which you can either save or print. This report is for your information only. It does not need to be sent to your regulator as part of the assessment process.
Before going further, it is important to state that your self-assessment is anonymous. You will not be asked to provide your name to do a self-assessment. To start, the tool will provide you with a unique blind 5-digit reference code that is yours, and yours only. This private personal code is the only link you have with your assessment. Geoscientists Canada does not have the ability to supply you with your personal code if you lose or forget it.
Your code allows you to return to either finish an incomplete assessment or to change input to obtain a reassessment. Lost or forgotten codes cannot be retrieved. If you have lost or forgotten your code, you can start a new self-assessment with a new code.
At the start of the self-assessment, you will be asked to provide some very basic information about yourself – such as your county of third level education, university(s) attended, degree(s) and the year(s) completed. This information is included to assist you with future conversations that you may have with a Canadian geoscience regulator. Should you choose not to enter this basic information, you are still able to complete the self-assessment.
ALSO IMPORTANT: The accuracy of your self-assessment and the report you get through this tool is directly dependent on the completeness and the accuracy of the input you provide. It is important that you take the time to assemble all the information you will need before you commence and that you enter only accurate and honest information about yourself.
To get ready to start your self-assessment, you will need to have details about your academic training (all your courses completed at university) and about your work experience as a geoscientist, so your input can be compared with typical requirements for professional registration in Canada.
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There are two distinct parts to the Self-Assessment Tool. The first part is about your Academic-Training; the second part relates to Work Experience.
Before using this tool, it is recommended that you fully explore this website as it contains valuable background information about geoscience in Canada and about regulated professions in Canada. Specifically, you should familiarize yourself with the material in the website section on getting your license as this will help you to better prepare and will help you make more effective use of this Self-Assessment Tool.
If you are a recent graduate in geoscience and you have no work experience, or you have only limited work experience in geoscience, you need only complete the first part of the self-asssessment concerning Academic-Training. The tool will provide you with a self-assessment report for your Academic-Training only; it will not assess your work experience. A report on your Academic-Training will be of help to you if you are preparing to become a Geoscientists-in-Training (have a look at the G.I.T. Program Information Guide), or if you are still studying at university and need a preliminary indication of how the courses you have completed to date relate to typical overall requirements.
For the Academic-Training part, you will need to have either your university transcript(s) or your other records detailing all the courses you have taken and passed at university in both science and in geoscience subjects. This includes all courses taken during your undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree and all additional courses that you may have completed as part of either a masters or a doctorate degree.
For the Work Experience part of the self-assessment, you will need information to refer to about your work experience in geoscience so you can answer a series of questions focused on a list of work-place activities known as “competencies”. You will be asked to rate the proficiency level you believe you can demonstrate you have achieved for each listed competency. Such documents as your full CV, your résumé for seeking employment, your list of publications or your list of projects are all useful references for this purpose.
Here is where you either Create a new Self-Assessment or Continue with a previous Self-Assessment.
On clicking Create a new assessment - you will be automatically assigned a personal and private 5-digit code, then you can start the self-assessment.
On clicking Continue with a previous assessment - you will be asked to enter you existing 5-digit code and the tool will bring you immediately back to the point in the assessment where you left off previously.
If you need to go back some steps to add new information or to change information you have entered previously, simply click the back arrow or click on the title of the section you want to edit.
If you wish to quit a self-assessment and start a completely new one, just click Create a new assessment and begin again. If you have lost or forgotten your 5-digit code, you will have to go to Create a new assessment again and receive a new code. Lost or forgotten codes cannot be retrieved. So, it is important you make careful note of your code!
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