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Since the implementation of the Agreement on Free Trade, we have two paths toward obtaining the CLS Commission. For complete descriptions of the exams, recommended study materials and detailed explanation of the examination procedures, please download the Candidate Handbook (PDF).

Candidates who do not hold a Provincial Commission

To earn a Commission as a Canada Lands Surveyor all candidates who do not hold a provincial commission have to successfully complete the three professional examinations described below:

  • Item 1 - 'Acts and Regulations Relating to Surveys of Canada Lands'
  • Item 2 - 'Property Rights Systems on Canada Lands'
  • Item 3 - 'Government Structures and Aboriginal Policy Issues'

Examination sessions are held twice per year, usually in March and October, in writing centers across Canada. Go to Forms section of the Web site at: for exam registration form.

Candidates who hold a Provincial Commission

All candidates who are authorized to perform cadastral surveying in a Canadian province are required to write a 4 hour professional exam incorporating the following subjects:

  • Acts, Regulations and General Instructions for Surveys   
  • Property Rights on-shore  
  • Property Rights offshore  
  • Aboriginal Policy Issues

To apply for an online exam, please see the forms section of webpage here. After applying, candidates will have 30 days in which to write the exam.