BPELSG – Geosciences Degree Workshop

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Important upcoming workshops hosted by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG)

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG or the Board) is holding two workshops to receive input to identify the minimum curriculum required for a qualifying geological sciences degree in order to apply for licensure as a Professional Geologist. The minimum qualifications for licensure as a geologist in California are described in Business and Professions Code section 7841.

The Board has long recognized that there is confusion among potential licensees regarding the requirement for “Graduation with a major in geological sciences from a college or university”. The confusion appears to be due to several factors.

 The Board intends to amend Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 3031 to define the minimum curriculum for a qualifying geological sciences degree and to clarify the educational and experience requirements for licensure as a Professional Geologist. The Board is asking for input from academia, licensed geologists, and members of the public and is hosting two workshops to provide a forum to communicate with interested parties. The agenda for each of the two workshops will be identical. A copy of the presentation will be posted online, 10 days prior to the first workshop.

Workshop Dates

February 19, 2016, 10 am – 12 noon
Riverside, CA

February 26, 2016, 10 am – 12 noon
Sacramento, CA

Interested parties may also submit comments to the Board via email (Laurie.Racca@dca.ca.gov) or U.S. Mail (Attn: Laurie Racca, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95833). Comments are requested by March 31, 2016. After considering all input, the proposed amendments to Section 3031 would be presented at a future Board meeting with a request that the Board approve moving forward with rulemaking. Additional opportunities for public comment will be available during the formal rulemaking process.

SEE MORE [http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/consumers/gg_workshop_agenda.pdf]

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