(1) In order to qualify for registration, an applicant shall meet all of the following requirements:
(a) Successful completion of a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours or forty- five (45) quarter hours of course work in geology, culminating in a baccalaureate or advanced degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or geological/geotechnical engineering from an accredited college or university. At the discretion of the board, courses dealing with applied geological science that are given under the auspices of an academic department other than geology may be considered toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes 322A.040

  • Board: means the Kentucky Board of Registration for Professional Geologists. See Kentucky Statutes 322A.010
  • Geologist: means a person who is qualified by reason of his or her knowledge of the principles of geology, acquired by professional education and practical experience, to engage in the public practice of geology. See Kentucky Statutes 322A.010
  • Geology: means the science which treats the earth as a whole. See Kentucky Statutes 322A.010
  • Public practice of geology: means the performance of service to the public in connection with the geological description, location, or evaluation of earth materials, liquids, and gases and the natural processes acting upon them. See Kentucky Statutes 322A.010
  • State: when applied to a part of the United States, includes territories, outlying possessions, and the District of Columbia. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Year: means calendar year. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010

(b) Five (5) years of experience in professional geologic work. Professional geologic work may include the instruction of geology at the college or university level, the geological research of persons at the college or university level, and geological work performed while in the employment of the United States, state, or local governments. In counting years of experience, the board may give one (1) year of credit each for a master’s degree or doctoral degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or geological/geotechnical engineering.
(c) A passing score on an examination required by the board that has been designed to demonstrate that the applicant has the necessary knowledge and skill to exercise the responsibilities of the public practice of geology.
(d) Enrollment by the board as a geologist-in-training.
(2) Until July 31, 2015, any individual who serves in a geologic position or performs geologic work for a local or state government in this state may become a registered geologist under this chapter if the individual submits the proper application to the board and meets the requirements of subsection (1)(a), (b), and (c) of this section.
(3) Credit toward the experience and education requirements shall be subject to evaluation and approval by the board.
(4) Documentation of competency and integrity may be required by the board.
(5) Upon application, registration may be provided to those registered or certified as geologists in another state having standards at least equal to those provided in this section.
Effective: July 12, 2012
History: Amended 2012 Ky. Acts ch. 140, sec. 4, effective July 12, 2012. — Amended
2005 Ky. Acts ch. 159, sec. 2, effective June 20, 2005. — Created 1992 Ky. Acts ch.
64, sec. 4, effective July 14, 1992.