Persons wishing to practice cadastral (legal boundary) surveying in Ontario must hold a licence issued by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors. Professional memberships, called Certificates of Registration, in the fields of Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Hydrography and Geographic Information Management are also available but are not mandatory.

Professional membership in the Association requires completion of a baccalaureate-level program in professional surveying (often referred to as Geomatics), approved by the Association’s Academic and Experience Requirements Committee (AERC), or a course that is in the opinion of the AERC equal in content and level of difficulty, or experience and knowledge that provides equivalent competencies to such an academic program.

This is followed by a term of articles of up to 1-1/2 years during which applicants work for an Ontario Land Surveyor to gain practical experience. A professional entrance examination must be successfully completed at the end of articles.

For Further Information View:  Become an OLS  

It is also possible to become an Associate member. To qualify for an Associate Membership you must be:

  • Employed in, retired from or aligned with the practice of professional land surveying; or
  • A person, who is enrolled in a post secondary school course in professional land surveying; or
  • A party to Articles of Agreement with a member of the Association

Associate Membership entitles you to:

  • Reduced costs to attend the AOLS AGM
  • Reduced costs to attend Continuing Education Seminars
  • The Ontario Professional Surveyor magazine and other mailings

Access to publications, videos and the AOLS library

  • Information about industry events
  • Join Regional Groups
  • Receive general information issued by the Association and to attend meetings of the Association, but are not entitled to vote at meetings.

The Associate Membership year runs from July 1st to June 30th of the following year. Applications received between December and June will be prorated for a 1/2 year.

To become an Associate Member please complete the form below and send it in
with the requisite fees.

Download Application Membership Form