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Survey Assistant

Survey Assistant

Gain the entry-level skills to start your career in the in-demand surveying profession.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
18 Weeks
College Certificate
$1,758 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

January 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class Seats available


Get introduced to the basics of surveying in this short program that graduates you with the skills needed to start your career or pursue further training as a Survey Technician

You learn:

  • Operation and maintenance of survey instruments and equipment, such as: levels, total stations, and GNSS (GPS) systems.
  • Manual and digital data recording and calculation techniques.
  • Supporting construction surveying through grading, road and site layout.
  • Assisting legal boundary surveys by locating evidence, setting new monumentation, clearing and blazing wooded boundaries.
  • Communication skills involving technical memos and reports.
  • You get hands-on training using surveying instruments and equipment in the field and on your work placement. You also have the option to partner with students and faculty in other Geomatics programming on applied projects.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 3 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • You graduate ready to start work as a Survey Assistant in a variety of organizations in industries such as cadastral land surveying, civil construction and engineering. Many companies are looking for Survey Assistants to help with their projects.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) provides a focused approach to geomatics training. COGS has earned a strong reputation among employers and geomatics professionals for the quality of the programs, hands-on training and practical learning provided to students.
  • You learn at a campus location that is dedicated to geomatics training and work alongside other students studying related disciplines.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • You use up-to-date equipment and software and get the hands-on training that makes our grads the preferred choice of employers.

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades & Technology programs. Trades & Technology Preparation Checklist (23KB).
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with the skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • This program is located at NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). COGS is the Lawrencetown site of Annapolis Valley Campus.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SUAS 1000   Employability Skills for Survey Assistant
SUAS 1001   Workplace Safety
SUAS 1002   Surveying
SUAS 1003   Fieldwork I
SUAS 1004   Fieldwork II
SUAS 1800   Work Experience

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