About This Course
The purpose of professional licensing is to ensure a minimum level of competency for practitioners in a given field in order to protect the public. Having a license to practice geology is a requirement in the majority of United States, Canada and several other countries. In contrast to other professions, a disconnect has developed between applied geologists and academia. Professional licensing requirements are a fact of life for applied geologists. Unfortunately, many faculty members have limited understanding of the licensing requirements that their students must deal with once they graduate.
This course provides an overview of geology licensure qualification requirements in the United States and explores the national licensing examinations for geologists prepared by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®). Speakers also demonstrate how data from the ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology examination can be used as a curriculum assessment and curriculum modification tool.
The course presenters are:
- Laurie Racca, PG 6980, Senior Registrar, Geology & Geophysics, California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
- Randy Kath, Professor of Geology, Department of Geosicences, University of West Georgia
- Jack Warner, President, TEST, Inc.
Students are expected to learn the following when they take this course:
- The different types of professional geologists licenses
- Why professional licensure is important
- How data from the ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology examination can be used as a curriculum assessment and curriculum modification tool
This is an asynchronous short-course that contains videos, resources for learning more, and a set of questions in each section to help facilitate learning. An asynchronous course is a course that can be done on your own time. Feel free to pause, take a break, and come back to your saved progress to continue with the course. There is no deadline for completion of this course.
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Obtaining Continuing Education Units
If your course grade is at least 70%, you may apply for 0.15 CEU credit. There is an administrative fee for the issuance of the CEU, and you can view the fee structure here. You can check your final grade by clicking on the Progress menu item in the course navigation menu at the top of the page.
There are no pre-requisites for this course.
American Geosciences Institute staff serve as the facilitators for this course. If you have questions at any time during this course, you can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do I have to pay a registration fee for the course?
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Are Continuing Education Units available for this course?
If you would like to receive credit for the course and obtain CEUs, you will need to pass the course with a minimum of a 70%, fill out a form to register for the CEUs, and pay an administrative fee. The administrative fee for CEUs varies for each course. Please see details in the “How to Obtain CEUs” section at the end of the course.