Canada Lands Surveyor commissions are granted only to those who meet specific standards of education and geomatics training, and only after passing a rigorous set of professional examinations.

Education, ethics, insurance, and continuing professional development are the pillars of every profession. ACLS members are sworn to a code of ethics and are under oath to ensure the highest standard of service to their clients. The Association has disciplinary powers to govern its members’ competency and professional conduct, thus protecting the public. As well, all ACLS licence holders are required to maintain Professional Liability Insurance as a further protection to their clients. The ACLS sponsors Continuing Professional Development programs to ensure that members maintain and enhance their skills throughout their careers.