Examinations

Since the implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreement on Labour Mobility, the ACLS has 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).

In summary, candidates who do not hold a Provincial Commission have to successfully complete the three 3 professional examinations covering the following subjects:

  • 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 for the exam registration form.

Candidates who hold a Provincial Commission are required to write a 4 hour on-line on demand 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.