DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Division of Professional Regulation

3600 Board of Registration of Geologists

Statutory Authority: 24 Delaware Code, Section 3606 (24 Del.C. §3606)

24 DE Admin. Code 3600

PROPOSED

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Delaware Board of Geologists in accordance with 24 Del.C. §3606 has proposed amendments to rule 5.0 Issuance and Renewal of License and rule 6.0 Continuing Education of its rules and regulations. The proposed amendments enable licensees to renew their licenses online and attest that they have completed the required continuing education. Documentation of having completed the required continuing education must still be maintained by the licensee but it will only be required to be produced in the event the licensee is randomly selected for continuing education audit.

A public hearing will be held on August 4, 2006 at 10:15 a.m. in the second floor conference room B of the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware where members of the public can offer comments. Anyone wishing to receive a copy of the proposed rules and regulations may obtain a copy from the Delaware Board of Geologists, 861 Silver Lake Blvd, Cannon Building, Suite 203, Dover, DE 19904. Persons wishing to submit written comments may forward these to the Board at the above address. The final date to receive written comments will be at the public hearing.

The Board will consider promulgating the proposed regulations at its regularly scheduled meeting following the public hearing.

3600 Board of Registration of Geologists Regulations

1.0 Definitions

Board shall mean the State Board of Geologists established in 24 Del.C., Ch. 36, §3603.

Continuing Education Unit shall mean one contact hour (60 minutes), subject to the Board’s review.

Five Years of Experience shall mean:

Experience acquired in geological work as described in the 24 Del.C., Ch. 36, §3602 (5) and (6) and after completion of academic requirements as stated in §3608(a)(1). The Board may discount experience obtained more than ten (10) years prior to the submission of an application. Part-time experience will be granted proportional to full-time credit. Three of the five years of experience must be in a position of responsible charge as defined below.

Experience references must be provided by a person knowledgeable and having a background of

geological work.

The Board will only consider years of experience documented by references.

Geologist shall mean a person who is qualified to practice professional geology including specialists in its various subdisciplines.

Practice of Geology shall mean any service or creative work, the adequate performance of which requires geologic education, training and experience in the application of the principles, theories, laws and body of knowledge encompassed in the science of geology. This may take the form of, but is not limited to, consultation, research, investigation, evaluation, mapping, sampling, planning of geologic projects and embracing such geological services or work in connection with any public or private utilities, structures, roads, buildings, processes, works or projects. A person shall be construed to practice geology, who by verbal claim, sign, advertisement or in any other way represents himself or herself to be a geologist, or who holds himself or herself out able to perform or who does perform geologic services or work.

Responsible Charge shall mean the individual control and direction, by the use of initiative, skill and individual judgment, of the practice of geology.

2.0 Code of Ethics

2.1 General Provisions:

2.1.1 A geologist shall be guided by the highest standards of ethics, honesty, integrity, fairness, personal honor, and professional conduct.

2.1.2 A geologist shall not knowingly permit the publication or use of his/her work or name in association with any unsound or illegitimate venture.

2.1.3 A geologist shall not give a professional opinion or make a report without being as completely informed as might be reasonably expected considering the purpose for which the opinion or report is desired. All assumptions on which the results of the report or opinion are based shall be set forth in the report or opinion.

2.1.4 A geologist shall be as objective as possible in any opinion, report or other communication he/ she makes which will be used to induce participation in a venture. He/she shall not make sensational, exaggerated, or unwarranted statements. He/she shall not misrepresent data, omit relevant data, or fail to mention the lack of data that might affect the results or conclusions of such opinion, report or communication.

2.1.5 A geologist shall not falsely or maliciously attempt to injure the reputation or business of another geologist.

2.1.6 A geologist shall freely give credit for work done by others. A geologist shall not knowingly accept credit rightfully due to others or otherwise indulge in plagiarism in oral and written communications.

2.1.7 A geologist, having knowledge of the unethical or incompetent practice of another geologist, shall avoid association with that geologist in professional work. If a geologist acquires tangible evidence of the unethical or incompetent practice of another geologist, he/she shall submit the evidence to the Board.

2.1.8 A geologist shall not use the provisions of 24 Del.C., Ch. 36 or the Board’s regulations to maliciously prosecute, harass or otherwise burden another geologist with unfounded or false charges.

2.1.9 A geologist shall endeavor to cooperate with others in the profession in encouraging the ethical dissemination of geological knowledge—especially when it is in the public interest.

2.1.10 A geologist shall not engage in conduct that involves fraud, dishonesty, deceit or misrepresentation either directly or through the action of others.

2.1.11 A geologist shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, sex or national origin.

2.1.12 A geologist shall not aid any person in the unauthorized practice of geology.

2.1.13 A geologist shall not practice geology in a jurisdiction where that practice would violate the standards applicable to geologists in the jurisdiction.

2.2 Provisions Concerning Monetary Matters

2.2.1 A geologist having, or expecting to have, any interest in a project or property on which he/she performs work, must make full disclosure of the interest to all parties concerned with the project or property.

2.2.2 A geologist’s fee shall be reasonable. The factors to be considered in determining the reasonableness of a fee include the following:

2.2.2.1 the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the work involved, and the skill requisite to perform the service properly;

2.2.2.2 the likelihood, if apparent to the client or employer, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment of the geologist;

2.2.2.3 the fee customarily charged in the area for similar geological services;

2.2.2.4 the total value of the project and the results obtained;

2.2.2.5 the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;

2.2.2.6 the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;

2.2.2.7 the experience, reputation, and ability of the geologist or geologists performing the service; and

2.2.2.8 whether the fee is fixed or contingent.

2.2.3 When the geologist has not regularly performed services for the client, the basis or rate of the fee shall be communicated to the client, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing services.

2.2.4 A fee may be contingent on the outcome of a project for which geological services are rendered, except for a project where a contingent fee is prohibited by law or professional ethics. A contingent fee agreement shall be in writing and shall state the method by which the fee is to be determined.

2.2.5 A division of fee between geologist and other professionals who are not associated may be made only if:

2.2.5.1 the division is in proportion to the services performed by each geologist or professional or, by written agreement with the client. Each geologist or professional assumes joint responsibility for the services performed;

2.2.5.2 the client is advised of and does not object to the participation of the geologist and/or other professionals involved; and

2.2.5.3 the total fee is reasonable.

2.2.6 A geologist shall not accept a concealed fee for referring an employer or client to a specialist or for recommending geological services other than his/her own. A geologist who engages or advises a client or employer to engage collateral services shall use his/her best judgement to ensure the collateral services are used prudently and economically.

2.3 Provisions Concerning The Relationship With The Client

2.3.1 A geologist shall not undertake, or offer to undertake, any type of work with which he/she is not familiar or competent by reason of lack of training or experience unless he/she makes full disclosure of his/her lack of training or experience to the appropriate parties prior to undertaking the work.

2.3.2 A geologist shall protect to the fullest extent the employer or client’s interest, so far, as is consistent with the public welfare and professional obligations and ethics.

2.3.3 A geologist who finds that an obligation to an employer or client conflicts with professional obligations or ethics should have the objectionable conditions changed or terminate the services.

2.3.4 A geologist shall not use either directly or indirectly any proprietary information which is developed or acquired as a result of working for an employer or client in any way that conflicts with the employer’s or client’s interest and without the consent of the employer or client.

2.3.5 A geologist who has worked or performed a service for any employer or client shall not use the information peculiar to that employment and which is gained in such employment for his/her own personal profit unless he/she is given written permission to do so or until the employer, client, or their successor’s interest in such information has changed in such a way that the information is valueless to him/her or of no further interest to him/her.

2.3.6 A geologist shall not divulge confidential information. This does not relieve a licensed geologist from the duty to report conditions required by law or regulation.

2.3.7 A geologist retained by a client shall not accept, without the client’s consent, an engagement by another if there is a possibility of a conflict between the interest of the two clients.

2.3.8 A geologist shall advise an employer or client to retain, and cooperate with, other experts and specialists whenever the employer’s or client’s interests are best served by such services.

2.3.9 A geologist shall not terminate services to an employer or client when it will cause immediate jeopardy to the employer’s or client’s interests. The geologist shall attempt to give due notice of termination; however, the geologist may terminate services under any of the following circumstances:

2.3.9.1 failure to receive compensation or good evidence indicating compensation will not be received for services performed;

2.3.9.2 when continued employment will result in a violation of 24 Del.C., Ch. 36 or other illegality;

2.3.9.3 when continued employment will result in sickness or injury to the geologist or his/her dependents.

2.3.10 A geologist shall not use or abuse drugs, narcotics, controlled substances, or illegal drugs without a prescription from a licensed physician. A geologist shall also not abuse alcoholic beverages such that it impairs his/ her ability to perform his/her work

3.0 Stamp/Seal Requirements

3.1 The stamp or seal authorized by the Delaware State Board of Geologists shall be of the design shown here and shall not be less than one and one-half (1 ) inches in diameter. It may be purchased by the licensee from any convenient source.

3.2 All reports, drawings, maps, or similar technical submissions involving the practice of geology that have been prepared, or reviewed and approved, by a licensed geologist and that will become a matter of public record, or relied upon by any person, within this state for geological purposes, shall be impressed with the stamp or seal. The stamp or seal will indicate that the licensee has accepted responsibility for the work.

3.3 Any licensee who affixes, or allows to be affixed, his/her seal or name to a document or report is responsible for all work contained therein regardless of whether such work has been performed by the geologist or a subordinate.

3.4 No person shall stamp or seal any plans, reports, specifications, plats or similar technical submissions with the stamp or seal of a geologist or in any manner use the title “geologist,” unless such person is duly licensed in compliance with 24 Del.C. Ch. 36.

3.5 No person shall stamp or seal any plans, specifications, plats, reports, or a similar document with the stamp or seal of a licensed geologist if his/her license has been suspended, revoked or has expired.

3.6 Computer files of reports, drawings or similar technical work involving the practice of geology and that will become a matter of public record or relied upon by any person shall include the following statement:

This submission is made in compliance with 24 Del.C., Ch. 36 by (name)___________, P.G., DE license number ____ on this date _______________________.

4.0 Licensing Exemption

4.1 Any person who claims exemption from the provisions of 24 Del.C. Ch. 36 under §3617(a), shall be entitled to such exemption so long as his/her remuneration from the practice of geology is solely related to a teaching function. If such remuneration is processed through his/her academic unit, it shall be considered prima facie evidence of the fact that such work is related to his/her teaching. Any person claiming such exemption shall, in a conspicuous manner at the conclusion of any report or study bearing his/ her name, include the statement:

“I hearby claim exemption from the requirements of 24 Del.C. Ch. 36 (Delaware Professional Geologist Act) and am not subject to the provisions of that Act and the standards and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.”

Such a disclaimer shall not be required on reports or studies submitted solely to refereed professional journals for publications.

Any other geologic work, including consulting, not directly related to educational activities, shall not be considered exempt.

5.0 Issuance and Renewal of License

5.1 Each license shall be renewed biennially. The failure of the Board to notify a licensee of his/her expiration date and subsequent renewals does not, in any way, relieve the licensee of the requirement to renew his/her certificate pursuant to the Board’s regulations and 24 Del.C. Ch. 36.

5.2 Renewal may be effected by:

5.2.1 filing a renewal form application prescribed by the Board and provided by the Division of Professional Regulation;. Beginning in 2006, license renewal may be accomplished online at www.dpr.delaware.gov;

5.2.2 providing other information as may be required by the Board to ascertain the licensee’s good standing;

5.2.3 submission of evidence of continuing education on a form prescribed by the Board and provided by the Division of Professional Regulation as described in regulation five;attesting on the renewal application to the completing of continuing education as required by Rule 6.0.

5.2.4 payment of fees as determined by the Division of Professional Regulation.

5.3 Failure of a licensee to renew his/her license shall cause his/her license to expire. A geologist whose license has expired may renew his/her license within one year after the expiration date upon fulfilling items 5.2.1 - 5.2.4 above, certifying that he/she has not practiced geology in Delaware while his/her license has expired, and paying the renewal fee and a late fee which shall be 50% of the renewal fee.

5.4 No geologist will be permitted to renew his/her license once the one-year period has expired.

5.5 The former licensee may re-apply under the same conditions that govern applicants for licensure under 24 Del.C. Ch. 36.

5.6 No geologist shall practice geology in the State of Delaware during the period of time that his/her Delaware license has expired.

6.0 Continuing Education

6.1 The Board will require continuing education as a condition of license renewal. Continuing education shall be waived for the first licensure renewal following the effective date of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

6.1.1 Proof of continuing education is satisfied with an attestation by the licensee that he or she has satisfied the Requirement of Rule 6.0.

6.1.2 Attestation may be completed electronically if the renewal is accomplished online. In the alternative, paper renewal documents that contain the attestation of completion may be submitted.

6.1.3 Licensees selected for random audit will be required to supplement the attestation with attendance verification pursuant to Rule 6.3.

6.2 The continuing education period will be from August 1st to July 31st of each biennial licensing period.

6.3 Each licensed geologist shall complete, biennially, 24 units of continuing education as a condition of license renewal. The licensee is responsible for retaining all certificates and documentation of participation in approved continuing education programs. Upon request, such documentation shall be made available to the Board for random post renewal audit and verification purposes 60 days prior to renewal. A continuing education unit is equivalent to one contact hour (60 minutes), subject to the Board’s review. The preparing of original lectures, seminars, or workshops in geology or related subjects shall be granted one (1) contact hour for preparation for each contact hour of presentation. Credit for preparation shall be given for the first presentation only.

6.4 A candidate for renewal may be granted an extension of time in which to complete continuing education hours upon a showing of hardship. “Hardship” may include, but is not limited to, disability; illness; extended absence from the jurisdiction; or exceptional family responsibilities. Requests for hardship consideration must be submitted to the Board in writing prior to the end of the licensing period for which it is made.

6.5 Continuing education shall be prorated for new licensees in the following manner:

6.5.1 If at the time of renewal, a licensee has been licensed for less than one year, no continuing education is required; if he/she has been licensed for more than one year, but less than two years, twelve of the twenty-four hours will be required; if he/she has been licensed for two years or more the full twenty-four hours is required.

6.6 In his/her personal records, each licensee must keep proof of attendance for each activity listed on the CE log form. for which the licensee is requesting credit. If the Board conducts an audit of a licensee’s CE records, the Board will request require the licensee to complete a CE log provided by the Board and submit the licensee’s documentation of attendance to the CE event listed on the form CE log. Failure to submit proof of attendance during an audit will result in loss of CE credit for that event.

6.7 Continuing education must be in a field related to Geology. Approval will be at the discretion of the Board. CEUs earned in excess of the required credits for the two- (2) year period may not be carried over to the next biennial period.

6.8 Categories of Continuing Education & Maximum Credit Allowed:

6.8.1 Courses – 24 CEUs

6.8.2 Professional Meetings & Activities/Field Trips – 12 CEUs

6.8.3 Peer Review of (12 CEUs) or Peer Reviewed Geologic Publications (12 CEUs)

6.8.4 Presentations – 12 CEUs

6.8.5 Research/Grants – 12 CEUs

6.8.6 Specialty Certifications – 12 CEUs

6.8.7 Home Study Courses – 12 CEUs

6.8.8 Teaching – 12 CEUs

6.8.9 Service on a Geological Professional Society, Geological Institution Board/Committee or Geological State Board – 6 CEUs

6.8.10 For any of the above activities, when it is possible to claim credit in more than one category, the licensee may claim credit for the same time period in only one category.

6.9 Automatic Approval for course work sponsored by the following Professional Societies:

6.9.1 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

6.9.2 American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP)

6.9.3 American Geological Institute (AGI)

6.9.4 American Geophysical Union (AGU)

6.9.5 American Institute of Hydrology (AIH)

6.9.6 American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)

6.9.7 Association of American State Geologists (AASG)

6.9.8 Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE)

6.9.9 Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG)

6.9.10 Association of Ground Water Scientists & Engineers (AGWSE)

6.9.11 Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG)

6.9.12 Clay Mineral Society (CMS)

6.9.13 Council for Undergraduate Research-Geology Div. (CUR)

6.9.14 Geologic Society of America (GSA)

6.9.15 Geoscience Information Society (GIS)

6.9.16 International Association of Hydrogeologists/US National Committee (IAH)

6.9.17 Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

6.9.18 National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG)

6.9.19 National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

6.9.20 National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG)

6.9.21 National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)

6.9.22 National Speleological Society (NSS)

6.9.23 Paleontological Research Institution (PRI)

6.9.24 Paleontological Society (PS)

6.9.25 Seismological Society of America (SSA)

6.9.26 Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

6.9.27 Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

6.9.28 Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES)

6.9.29 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME)

6.9.30 Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP)

6.9.31 Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

6.9.32 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)

6.9.33 Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

6.9.34 Other professional or educational organizations as approved periodically by the Board.

6.10 Courses not pre-approved by the Board may be submitted for review and approval throughout the biennial licensing period.

Note: Since regulation 6.9 provides the list of sponsors that are automatically approved by the Board for any course work used for Continuing Education units (CEU) towards the total of 24 CEUs in the biennial license period, please note that regulation 6.10, allowing for pre-approval of courses for CEUs, only pertains to courses NOT offered by a sponsor listed in the list provided in regulation 6.9. Furthermore, one CEU = one Contact Hour.

7 DE Reg. 1342 (4/1/04)

7.0 ASBOG Examination

7.1 An applicant wishing to sit for any portion for the ASBOG examination required for a license as a Geologist shall make application in writing, on forms provided by the Board.

7.1.1 An applicant wishing to sit for the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) Exam may do so provided they meet the minimum educational requirements set forth in 24 Del.C. §3608(a)(1). To apply, the applicant must fill out the request to sit for the fundamentals application and submit their transcripts [to date] to the Board for approval. Once taken, the applicants score will be held on file indefinitely by ASBOG.

7.1.2 An applicant wishing to sit for the ASBOG Practice of Geology (PG) must have acquired 5 years of professional work experience as defined in Rule 1.0 and must submit a full application for licensure to the Board for review. Approval to sit for the PG will be dependant upon the applicant providing sufficient evidence, satisfactory, to the Board that he/she meets the qualifications for licensure set forth in 24 Del.C. §3608.

7.2 An applicant for licensure must have satisfactorily passed each part of the ASBOG examination with a scaled score of not less than 70%.

7.3 An applicant’s approval to sit for either part of the ASBOG exam shall be valid for a period not to exceed two years.

9 DE Reg. 456 (9/1/05)

8.0 Reciprocity

8.1 Applicants applying for licensure by reciprocity must submit the state law and rules and regulations from at least one state in which they have been licensed. The Board will review these documents for substantial similarity to Delaware’s state law and rules and regulations.

8.2 Applicants, who were originally licensed in another jurisdiction after June 17, 1998, will be required to have a passing score (70%) on each part of the ASBOG examination.

9.0 Crimes substantially related to the practice of geology:

9.1 Conviction of any of the following crimes, or of the attempt to commit or of a conspiracy to commit or conceal or of solicitation to commit any of the following crimes, is deemed to be substantially related to the practice of geology in the State of Delaware without regard to the place of conviction:

9.1.1 Abuse of a pregnant female in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §606.

9.1.2 Assault in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §613.

9.1.3 Assault by abuse or neglect. 11 Del.C. §615.

9.1.4 Murder by abuse or neglect in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §634.

9.1.5 Murder in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §635.

9.1.6 Murder in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §636.

9.1.7 Rape in the third degree. 11 Del.C. §771.

9.1.8 Rape in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §772.

9.1.9 Rape in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §773.

9.1.10 Continuous sexual abuse of a child. 11 Del.C. §778.

9.1.11 Dangerous crime against a child. 11 Del.C. §779.

9.1.12 Kidnapping in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §783A.

9.1.13 Burglary in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §826.

9.1.14 Robbery in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §832.

9.1.15 Carjacking in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §836.

9.1.16 Identity theft. 11 Del.C. §854.

9.1.17 Forgery; felony. 11 Del.C. §861.

9.1.18 Possession of forgery devices. 11 Del.C. §862.

9.1.19 Tampering with public records in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §876.

9.1.20 Offering a false instrument for filing. 11 Del.C. §877.

9.1.21 Issuing a false certificate. 11 Del.C. §878.

9.1.22 Unlawful use of credit card; felony. 11 Del.C. §903.

9.1.23 Reencoder and scanning devices. 11 Del.C. §903A.

9.1.24 Criminal impersonation. 11 Del.C. §907

9.1.25 Criminal impersonation, accident related. 11 Del.C. §907A.

9.1.26 Criminal impersonation of a police officer. 11 Del.C. §907B.

9.1.27 Sexual exploitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1108.

9.1.28 Unlawfully dealing in child pornography. 11 Del.C. §1109.

9.1.29 Bribery. 11 Del.C. §1201.

9.1.30 Receiving a bribe. 11 Del.C. §1203.

9.1.31 Improper influence. 11 Del.C. §1207.

9.1.32 Official misconduct. 11 Del.C. §1211.

9.1.33 Profiteering. 11 Del.C. §1212.

9.1.34 Perjury in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §1222.

9.1.35 Perjury in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §1223.

9.1.36 Terroristic threatening of public officials or public servants. 11 Del.C. §1240.

9.1.37 Bribing a witness. 11 Del.C. §1261.

9.1.38 Bribe receiving by a witness. 11 Del.C. §1262.

9.1.39 Tampering with a witness. 11 Del.C. §1263.

9.1.40 Bribing a juror. 11 Del.C. §1264.

9.1.41 Bribe receiving by a juror. 11 Del.C. §1265.

9.1.42 Tampering with physical evidence. 11 Del.C. §1269.

9.1.43 Escape after conviction; Class B felony. 11 Del.C. §1253.

9.1.44 Assault in a detention facility; Class B felony. 11 Del.C. §1254.

9.1.45 Hate Crimes; Class A or B felony. 11 Del.C. §1304.

9.1.46 Adulteration; Class A felony. 11 Del.C. §1339.

9.1.47 Possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. 11 Del.C. §1447.

9.1.48 Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 11 Del.C. §1447A.

9.1.49 Wearing body armor during the commission of a felony. 11 Del.C. §1449.

9.1.50 Organized crime and racketeering. 11 Del.C. §1504.

9.1.51 Victim or witness intimidation. 11 Del.C. §§3532 & 3533.

9.1.52 Prohibited acts A [delivery/manufacture/possession with intent to deliver narcotics (death); Class B. 16 Del.C. §4751.

9.1.53 Trafficking in marijuana, cocaine, illegal drugs, methamphetamines, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (L.S.D.), designer drugs, or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). 16 Del.C. §47513A.

9.2 Crimes substantially related to the practice of geology shall be deemed to include any crimes under any federal law, state law, or valid town, city or county ordinance, that are substantially similar to the crimes identified in this rule.

8 DE Reg. 1105 (2/1/05)

10 DE Reg. 68 (07/01/06) (Prop.)