Nunasi Helicopters A-Star at a right water meeting. Taloyoak, 2000.

Role of CBEPS

The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) establishes, assesses and certifies
the academic qualifications of individuals who apply to become land surveyors and/or geomatics
professionals in Canada. Its membership is composed of the following associations:

Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors
Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association
Saskatchewan Land Surveyors’ Association
Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
Association of New Brunswick Land Surveyors
Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors
Association of Prince Edward Island Land Surveyors
Association of Newfoundland Land Surveyors
Association of Canada Lands Surveyors

CBEPS also manages the National Syllabus examinations for the above-mentioned jurisdictions as well as the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors.

The Québec surveying association entitled “Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec” is not a member of CBEPS but has joined the Foreign Trained Land Surveyor assessment system.

Professional land surveying in Canada is regulated by individual statutes in the ten Canadian provinces and by the Canada Lands Surveys Act for Canada Lands. In general, Canada Lands consist of the Northern Territories, Indigenous Reserves, National Parks and Canada’s Offshore areas.

The practice of Land Surveying in Canada is generally defined as:

the determination, establishment or recording by any means of the positions of points, natural features or features made by persons on, over or under the surface of the earth
the determination of the form of the earth
to determine, locate, define, describe, establish or re-establish boundaries

it includes the preparation of maps, plans, systems and documents and the giving of advice with respect to any of the matters above.

In order to practice land surveying at the professional level in Canada, an individual must be commissioned and/or licensed by the provincial surveying association in the province where one wishes to practice; and in the case of Canada Lands, by the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors.