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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8/16/23  3:02 pm
Commenter: Michael G. Jones

Keeping Virginia Professional Grologist Licensure

As a Professional Geologist in Virginia (PG # 887) and other surrounding States, I believe that the public benefit of licensing Geologists practicing geologic work in Virginia is protective of the Citizens of the State of Virginia.   

Geologist licensure is overseen by a Regulatory Board which is protective of the public and maintains regulations to keep practicioners responsible for work in the State of Virginia.  The Rgulatory Board oversees the testing and licensure and maintains a process for citizens who have a legitimate complaint against a practitioner to seek resolution within the rules.    Geologist Licensing and supervision by the Board over the practitioners is a protection for the Citizens of  Virginia, and it would be a disservice to disrupt the PG Licensure Program. 

I have been a Professional Geologist doing projects in Virginia for over 30 years, and take the obligation to protect the citizens of Virginia very seriously.  The Public Benefit of Virigina Geologist Licensure is greater than the cost for the licensure program, and the Virginia Professional Licensure Program should be maintained. 

                       Michael G. Jones, PG # 887


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