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Land Surveyor

Land surveyors plan, direct, and conduct legal surveys to determine and interpret the location of boundaries, buildings, structures, and other natural or human-made features on, over, or under the surface of the earth.


Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association
1000, 10020 - 101A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 3G2

Call: 780-429-8805
Toll-free: 1-800-665-2572


Under Alberta’s Land Surveyors Act [pdf], you must be registered with the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association (ALSA) to practice as or use the title Alberta Land Surveyor.

If you are not registered with ALSA, you may work in this field only under the supervision, direction, and control of an Alberta Land Surveyor.

What You Need

Registration as an Alberta Land Surveyor requires:

  • At least 2 years of articling to gain field and administrative experience
  • Successful completion of 2 written examinations and 2 project reports while articling
  • Successful completion of an oral examination

For official, detailed information about registration requirements, contact ALSA or visit the ALSA website.

To be eligible to article, applicants need a Certificate of Completion from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS). This requires successful completion of 1 of the following:

  • A geomatics program at the University of Calgary, the University of New Brunswick, or York University that includes prescribed courses
  • A series of qualifying CBEPS examinations

Applicants may receive exemptions from some exams by taking approved courses. For a list of approved courses and other details, contact CBEPS or visit the CBEPS website.

Working in Alberta

Land surveyors who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ALSA website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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