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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8/21/23  8:26 am
Commenter: Zack Oremland, PG

Professional Geologist certification should remain

I was disappointed to hear that the Certified Professional Geologist license administered by DPOR was possibly going to be cancelled again. Professional geologists in Virginia play a vital role in many different industries, not the least of which includes our freshwater supply. The expertise geologists provide are important to the life, health, property and environment of all Virginians. 

I have been a licensed geologist for 12 years, including 9 in Virginia. Having originally obtained my license across the country, I recognize how important state certification is to the integrity of the profession and the safety of those relying on it. 

From infrastructure like roads and bridges, mining, groundwater, natural hazards, and again fresh water, geologists play a crucial role and we must maintain the standards of the people performing those roles. Deregulation of the professional would have direct detrimental affects to the well-being of Virginians. 

I request you keep the certification in place. 

Thank you,

Zack Oremland, PG

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