Skip to main content Skip to site utility navigation Skip to main site navigation Skip to site search Skip to footer

Introduction to Surveying

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).


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 to:

  • Perform entry-level survey tasks using equipment such as GPS/GNSS, Total Stations, data collectors-scanners, chains, and levels accurately.
  • 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.

Student supports

Our student supports and services will help you get the most out of your experiences while learning with us. We have support staff to guide you.

In addition to the program being fully funded, there are student support funds available to support your success, including urgent aid, and disability support funds.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have been granted refugee status in Canada ages 18+.

Other requirements

  • Access to and support for surveying equipment including survey grade GNSS equipment, an optical level, and a total station are required.
  • Ideally, you are currently working in the surveying industry, but you are also eligible as long as you have access to / support for the equipment listed.


Not accepting applications at this time, please check back for future dates.