To become a land surveyor, a candidate must enter articles with a practising land surveyor who has been a practising land surveyor for a minimum of 3 years.
The initial term of articles is 24 months. During this period, a land surveyor in training will receive practical training and experience in core and supplementary knowledge areas and must develop key land surveying competencies.
The process for entering and successfully completing articles will generally be as follows:
1. The candidate secures employment under a practising land surveyor and the parties complete an Articling Agreement which is subject to approval by the ABCLS.
2. The candidate applies for registration as a land surveyor in training, submitting the Articling Agreement and other information to the ABCLS for review and approval.
3. The ABCLS approves the articling agreement and registers the candidate as a land surveyor in training. The land surveyor in training and articling principal attend a meeting with the ABCLS to ensure the parties understand their obligations to each other and to the Association during the term of articles.
4. Over the next 24 months, the land surveyor in training receives practical training and experience in core and supplementary knowledge areas and develops key land surveying competencies. The land surveyor in training and articling principal meet regularly to review progress relative to the Articling Checklist.
5. During the term of articles, the land surveyor in training completes required field project reports and attends recommended professional development workshops.
6. The articling principal and land surveyor in training meet before the end of the term of articles to complete the Articling Checklist. The principal submits the completed Articling Checklist to the ABCLS within 10 days of the end of the term of articles.
7. If, by the end of the term, there has been practical training and experience in all core knowledge areas, the key competencies have been demonstrated, and the land surveyor in training is a fit and proper person to be admitted as a land surveyor, the articling principal signs the Discharge from Articles.
8. The ABCLS approves the Discharge from Articles and the land surveyor in training becomes eligible to attend the Professional Examination.
If, by the end of the term of articles, the required practical training and experience in core knowledge areas have not been completed or if the key competencies have not yet been demonstrated, the articling principal and land surveyor in training may complete an Articling Agreement and enter a new term of articles.
For detailed information on the articling requirements of the ABCLS, please refer to Board Policy 6.4.