(a) The Alabama Professional Geologists Licensing Act is enacted for the following purposes:

Terms Used In Alabama Code 34-41-2

  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • geologist: A person who holds a degree in the geological sciences from an accredited college or university. See Alabama Code 34-41-3
  • geology: The science dealing with the earth and its history; its constituent rocks, minerals, liquids, gases, and other materials of which it is composed, and the study of the processes responsible for the development and change in the component parts of the earth, for the benefit of mankind. See Alabama Code 34-41-3
  • property: includes both real and personal property. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • specialty: A branch of geology which is recognized as a subdiscipline for purposes of certification after registration as a licensed professional geologist. See Alabama Code 34-41-3
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1

(1) To protect life, property, health, safety, public welfare, and the environment through the regulation of the practice of geology in the State of Alabama.

(2) To define the practice of geology as a profession and to establish minimum professional standards for ethical conduct, professional responsibility, education, and experience.

(3) To prevent abuses of the practice of geology by untrained or unprincipled persons.

(b) The intent of this chapter is to ensure that only those persons who are registered and licensed pursuant to this chapter, unless they are exempted from licensing, shall publicly practice, offer, or attempt to publicly practice geology or any specialty thereof, claim any specialty in geology as a professional, business, or commercial identification, title, name, representation, or claim, or otherwise hold themselves out to the public as being qualified to practice geology or any of its specialties. Only those persons licensed pursuant to this chapter may use the term “licensed professional geologist.”

(Acts 1995, No. 95-399, p. 820, §2.)