Practice outside Québec

Practice in Canada

The professional practice of geology is legally regulated in most jurisdictions of Canada. The links provided below take you to the Web sites of each member association of the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists. These will allow you to get information of the practice in these provinces.

To promote the mobility of geologists, the Order has reached an agreement with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO). Details on this agreement with APGO may be read here.


The Agreement on internal trade signed by all provinces and the federal government provides for automatic eligibilty for licensure in any Canadian jurisdiction for a Professional geologist member of the Ordre des géologues du Québec. The only requirement for a Quebec geologist in good standing is to complete an application and pay the applicable fees and dues for registration in the jurisdiction where a permit is required. Any difficulty with obtaining such registration is to be reported to the Order. 

Practice outside Canada

The practice of geology is subject to professional licensure in four (4) countries outside Canada. The applicable rules vary and Geologists member of the Ordre des géologues du Québec have the responsibility of inquiring with local authorities so as to obtain the required authorisations, as the case may be.

Links are provided below to help you find relevant information:

USA : professional practice is regulated in 30 states. You can find links to each state board through the ASBOG portal.

Italy : professional practice is regulated in 20 provinces. You can find links to each province order through the Consiglio Nazionale dei Geologi's site.

Spain : The responsible organization is Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Geólogos (ICOG)

South Africa : The responsible organization is the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Outside these countries, there is no professional licensure for geologists but other laws may have varying consequences on the practice of the profession.

Professional obligations 

Members of the Ordre des géologues du Québec remain subject to obligations resulting from the Code of ethics wherever they pratice. The Order is committed to sanctioning any breach of the Code of ethics notwithstanding the location of the offence.

Members must practice the profession in respect of all applicable laws where they are carrying out their professional activities. Each member is therefore expected to be informed of regulatory standards applicable to the location of work.