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Certification of Hydrographers

The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) has developed a certification model for Hydrographers which is now ready to receive applications. The program is designed to promote IBSC-Accredited Category A or B training in Canada, while standardizing knowledge and experience requirements for individuals possessing non-accredited hydrographic surveying training and experience. The ACLS Certification program is open to both ACLS-Commissioned and non-commissioned hydrographic and offshore surveyors in Canada and abroad.

The IHO/FIG/ICA International Board of Standards and Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) officially recognized the ACLS Certification model in April of 2016.

The « Centre interdisciplinaire de développement en cartographie des océans (CIDCO) » in Rimouski, Québec obtained the IBSC Category B recognition of its Hydrographic Surveying program by the IBSC in 2015 and the Marine Institute in Newfoundland obtained the IBSC Category B recognition in April 2016. This is great news for the hydrographic surveying profession in Canada. The next logical step in the career path for graduates of those programs is professional recognition by a national body, so the ACLS certification is a straightforward choice.

Certification Levels

The ACLS Program has two levels of Certification. A flow chart illustrating the program can be found here.

Level 1 Certified Hydrographer (CH)

A Certified Hydrographer (CH) is competent to undertake and manage hydrographic surveying projects. There are three pathways to this level.

Category A Course

Individuals having successfully completed an IBSC recognized Category A Course are eligible for Level 1 Certification if they have up to 2 years of practical hydrographic surveying experience with substantial in-charge experience acceptable to the Canadian Hydrographer Certification Panel (CHCP).

Category B Course

Individuals having successfully completed an IBSC recognizde Category B Course and hold a Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) Certificate of Completion are eligible for Level 1 Certification if they have up to 3 years of experience, 2 of which are in practical hydrographic surveying with substantial in-charge experience acceptable to the CHCP.

CLS Commission, BSc. Surveying or CBEPS Certificate of Completion

Individuals holding a Canada Lands Surveyor (CLS) Commission, or CBEPS Certificate of Completion or having successfully completed a Surveying Bachelor’s Degree are eligible for Level 1 Certification if they have successfully written the CBEPS E2 Advanced Hydrographic Surveying exam and have up to 5 years of experience, 2 of which are in practical hydrographic surveying with substantial in-charge experience acceptable to the CHCP.

Level 2 Certified Hydrographic Technician

A Certified Hydrographic Technician is competent to support hydrographic surveying projects.

There are two pathways to this level.

Category B Course

Individuals having successfully completed a IBSC recognize Category B Course are eligible for Level 2 Certification if they have up to 2 years of practical hydrographic surveying experience with substantial in-charge experience acceptable to the CHCP.

Diploma or Certificate in Surveying or equivalent

Individuals who have completed a 2 or 3 year college diploma or certificate program in surveying or its equivalent are eligible for Level 2 Certification if they have successfully written the exam for CBEPS subjects C1, C2, C4, C5, C6, C7, C12 and E2 or have taken recognized courses. Where the subjects are as follows: C1 – Mathematics; C2 – Least-Squares Estimation and Data Analysis; C4 – Coordinate Systems and Map Projections; C5 – Geospatial Information Systems; C6 – Geodetic Positioning; C7 – Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry, C12 – Hydrographic Surveying, and E2 Advanced Hydrographic Surveying. Candidates also have to demonstrate up to 2 years of practical hydrographic surveying experience with substantial in-charge experience acceptable to the CHCP.

For complete information on the program, click here to download the CHCP Candidate Handbook.

Procedures for Submission

The CHCP meets every four months to review applications and notifies the ACLS Board of Examiners of its decision. The deadline for the submission is one month prior to each CHCP meeting. Dates of meetings have not yet been set by the CHCP.

Forms are available on the Forms page of this website under "Hydrographer Certification Program".

For information on the program, contact the ACLS Registrar, Jean-Claude Tétreault at: jctetreault@acls-aatc.ca  or 613-723-9200. Jean-Claude will gather names and contact information of those interested in applying for certification.