Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists
Regulations for the Geology Certification Program [18 VAC 145 ‑ 40]
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8/3/23  8:39 am
Commenter: Andrew R. Shontz, P.G.

Support of Geologist Licensure
Support of Professional Geologist Licensure
I am writing this as a private citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia and a 16-year practicing geologist (VA 2801001589).  I strongly support amending the statutes that created the certification of Geologists in Virginia to make licensure mandatory and linking geologists’ services to the support of public welfare and the safeguarding of life, health, property, and the environment.  Additionally, I support adding a continuing education requirement for continued licensure, similar to other states I have licensure in.

Geologists are commonly employed in the engineering, energy, water resources, infrastructure, and mineral resource sectors.  It is important that the individuals that serve in these roles are properly trained and have demonstrated minimum competency in order to practice.  Verifying minimum competency through examination is one key role of the Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetlands Specialists, and Geologists.  Ensuring that geologic services are provided by competent geologists protects the environment and safeguards the life, health, and property of all Virginians. 

Andrew R. (Drew) Shontz, P.G.

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC

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