About

Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors

The Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors is the self-governing regulatory body for the profession of land surveying within the Province. Created in 1905, the Association is sanctioned under the Land Surveyors Act, a Provincial statute which sets out the framework within which the Association and its members operate.

The Association enacts bylaws and rules for the conduct of its members, establishes and administers the requirements for entry into the profession, and liaises with government in a continuous effort to improve the quality of service to the public. Membership in the Association is restricted to holders of a BCLS commission, and those in the pursuit of such accreditation. Membership levels are outlined as follows:

  • Practising – members authorized to engage in the practice of land surveying in British Columbia
  • Non-practising – members currently not authorized to engage in the practice of land surveying
  • Retired – members over the age of 65 who have retired from the practice of land surveying
  • Life Members – practising land surveyors who have been recognized by their peers for their contribution and service to the profession. These members are not required to pay dues to the Association.
  • Land Surveyor Associates – members who are land surveyors in another jurisdiction in Canada and who have applied to become practising land surveyors in BC through national labour mobility agreements.
  • Land Surveyors in Training – members who have completed their formal university education or equivalent and who are completing the professional requirements to become a practising land surveyor
  • Survey Student – a person who is working towards completing their formal university education or equivalent and who wishes to be enrolled with the Association for educational purposes

What is a BC Land Surveyor?

A British Columbia Land Surveyor is an individual commissioned as a land surveyor by the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors, and is authorized to carry out cadastral surveys within British Columbia. Many British Columbia Provincial statutes specifically designate BC Land Surveyors as the only persons entitled to conduct surveys of land. BC Land Surveyors enter the profession after undergoing a rigorous pre-professional education as Land Surveyors in Training. Many BC Land Surveyors have obtained university degrees in geomatics and survey sciences prior to pursuing their careers as land surveyors, while many others have acquired technical diplomas in survey technologies. As a result, the British Columbia Land Surveyor is well-grounded in both the art and science of land surveying and the application of this knowledge in service to their clients.

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