Professional Geologist Occupational Analysis Survey from BPELSG

We have recently been contacted by the California Board for Professional Land Surveyors, Engineers and Geologists to give our feedback regarding the requirements of our profession. Please read below for the request, as well as the survey link, from our colleagues at BPELSG.

Dear Professional Geologist:

An occupational analysis is now available to all California-licensed geologists pertaining to the Professional Geologist (PG) license, followed up shortly by separate analyses pertaining to both the Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) and Certified Hydrogeologist (CHG) authorities. Please use the following link to access the survey via Survey Monkey:


Please note:  If you received a separate email directly from Survey Monkey please use that link.

It is incredibly vital to your chosen profession that sufficient and appropriate licensees respond to these questionnaires so that the resulting examination test plan specifications truly and accurately reflect the respective practices as they occur in today’s world.

The Professional Geologist occupational analysis questionnaire link will be emailed to you in a few days.  It was developed through a collaborative effort between a group of Professional Geologists, the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Professional Examination Services.  Please complete the questionnaire based on your own practice within the last year.

Since you may hold additional certifications above the normal Professional Geologist license, be sure to answer each questionnaire from the sole perspective of the appropriate level of licensure as indicated by that questionnaire.

Individual responses will remain confidential.  The summarized results from the initial questionnaire will help the Board to understand the current scope of Professional Geologist practice throughout the state and be used to develop new California Specific Examination test specifications beginning with Fall 2013.  The subsequent CEG / CHG questionnaires will help in similar fashion to support development of their respective certifications.

The email containing the initial questionnaire link will have “Professional Geologist Survey” in the subject line.  The entire questionnaire will only take about 30 minutes and your response is very important.  Please note that the questionnaire must be completed by Monday, April 1, 2013.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Patty Smith, the Board’s Geology Program Lead Analyst at (916) 263-1847 or by email at  Thank you, in advance, for support of our licensure program.


Ric Moore, Executive Officer
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists