REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS


§ 37.36. Eligibility for licensure.

 An applicant for licensure as a professional geologist shall be of good moral character, meet the following education and experience requirements and pass an examination adopted by the Board.

   (1)  Education.

     (i)   An applicant shall submit evidence to the Board of having graduated from an accredited institution of higher learning with a major in geology, geophysics, geochemistry or engineering geology, with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, engineering geology or their subdivisions.

     (ii)   An applicant who has graduated from an accredited institution of higher learning which does not grant semester or quarter hours in geological science courses leading to a major in geology, shall submit evidence to the Board of having completed 30 semester or 45 quarter hours or an equivalent amount of geological education, of which at least 24 semester hours or an equivalent amount are in third or fourth year undergraduate courses or graduate courses. The applicant shall submit documentation from the institution certifying that at the time the applicant attended the institution, the institution did not offer semester or quarter hours in geological science courses leading to a major in geology. The certification shall accompany the application materials.

     (iii)   Graduates of a foreign college or university shall have their educational credentials reviewed by a professional evaluation service approved by the Board. To be acceptable, the applicant’s educational credentials shall be equivalent to a Bachelor Degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, engineering geology or their subdivisions from an accredited United States college or university.

   (2)  Experience. An applicant shall complete at least 5 years of professional geological work. The applicant’s experience shall include either a minimum of 3 years of professional geological work under the supervision of a licensed professional geologist or a minimum of 5 years in a responsible position in professional geological work. Professional geological work performed prior to February 16, 1993, shall satisfy the requirement of this subsection if it was performed under the supervision of either a licensed professional geologist or a qualified geologist who was not licensed. Experience, to be acceptable, shall demonstrate the applicant’s ability to apply principles of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, engineering geology or their subdivisions to the actual practice of geology. Routine sampling, laboratory work and geological drafting is not professional geological work and will not be credited as acceptable experience. A Graduate Degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, engineering geology or their subdivisions may be substituted as part of the total experience requirements for licensure, at the rate of 1 year for a Master’s Degree and 1 year for a Doctor’s Degree. Credit for a Graduate Degree may not exceed a total of 2 years toward meeting the required number of years of professional geological work.

Source

   The provisions of this §  37.36 adopted October 25, 1996, effective October 26, 1996, 26 Pa.B. 5106.



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