Job requirements Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a geographic information systems (GIS) technician in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (NOC 22214).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Geomatics technologists and technicians require completion of a college program in geomatics, cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system (GIS) or geomatics.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title ''Professional Technologist''.
  • Meteorological technicians require completion of a one-year meteorological technician program provided by the Meteorological Service of Canada.
  • Further specialized training is available for meteorological technicians, and may be required by some employers.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.

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Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

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