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Introduction to Surveying

Learn the skills and principles needed to start a career in the survey industry.

Two people wearing safety vests and using surveying equipment in an outdoor setting.

Free course

This course is part of a training initiative to provide workers with new skills needed to support a clean economy. It is fully funded by Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) (PDF 207KB).

Start Date Location Length Delivery Cost Availability
Jan 16 Annapolis Valley Campus 45 Hours/15 Weeks Online asynchronous $0 Full

Overview

This course, which provides a broad overview of the profession in Canada, is for those entering or working in the surveying industry. Topics covered in this course include functions of the survey industry, professional use of equipment, the role of basic survey math, completion of common survey tasks, safety and professionalism.

In this course you learn how to:

  • Perform entry-level survey tasks using equipment such as GPS/GNSS, Total Stations, data collectors-scanners, chains, and levels accurately, under supervision and according to employer’s specifications.
  • Describe the importance of accurate math calculations required for entry-level survey tasks, such as angles, grids and astronomic bearings.
  • Read and review survey plans under supervision to identify relevant boundary evidence.
  • Describe how basic legislation and common frameworks impact entry-level survey field work.
  • Create accurate field notes suitable for use in the survey industry.
  • Perform all duties safely and professionally in accordance with relevant industry standards.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent and currently working in the surveying industry.
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