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  5:00 pm
Commenter: Yonathan Admassu, James Madison University

Mandating Professional Geology Licensure

I am writing this in support of making licensure for professional geologist mandatory in Virginia. I am associate professor of geology at James Madison University. My specialty is applied geology studying the use of geology for environmental protection and geologic hazard mitigation. A professional licensure for a geologist will ensure that the professional is qualified and accountable to undertake geological work. A geologist is often tasked with studying the quality of surface/ ground water and safety of transport infrastructure due to geologic hazards based on sound geological knowledge. Virginia being geologically diverse and complex, requires highly well trained and experienced geologists who should demonstrate their qualification through professional licensure. I urge the Virginia national assembly to take the matter seriously and make professional licensure mandatory for geologists practicing in the commonwealth. It would like to remind the assembly that neighboring states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Tennessee certify professional geologists.

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