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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8/18/23  4:03 pm
Commenter: Kenny Megginson (Schnabel Engineering)

Support of Professional Geological Certification/Licensure

I am Kenny Megginson.  I have been with Schnabel Engineering for two decades.  I've been a Certified Professional Geologist for over 15 years.  Upon receiving my certification, my responsibilities within the firm grew and expanded.   The Virginia Professional Geological Certification, which I proudly share with other great people in this State, embodies not only a respected benchmark of attained skill and trusted ability earned through years of academics, training, and field work, but an acknowledged responsibility by the State for the individual who holds the certification to uphold the covenant to practice a high standard of care for our friends, families, and fellow citizens who unknowingly rely so heavily upon our services.  We geologists, along with engineers who we work with so closely on a daily basis, rely on our invaluable experience and knowledge to assess challenges and collectively work towards the solutions to vital infrastructure projects including dams, bridges, and roadway improvement projects that help keep Virginia moving forward.  As geologists we also work on important environmental projects to protect water bodies so as our beloved Chesapeake Bay so future generations can enjoy what we take for granted today.  Deregulation of professional licensure of geologists in this State removes that desire for this benchmark and depreciates the covenant.  Please preserve the professional geological certification in this State - not only for my vested personal interests but for the citizens you have been appointed to protect.

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