Professional Geologist Section Position Statements

​What is "Geology"?

As defined in Wis. Stat. § 470.01(1g), geology is a science that involves the study of the earth and the earth's origin, composition, structure and physical history, including the study of the natural agents, forces and processes that cause changes in the earth and the investigation and collection of data concerning the crust and the interior of the earth and the surface and underground gases, solids and fluids that make up the earth.

What is the "Practice of Professional Geology"?

As defined in Wis. Stat. § 470.01(2), the practice of geology includes the performance of or offer to perform any geologic service or work in which the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health, environment or property is concerned or involved. "Practice of professional geology" includes the collection of geological data, consultation, investigation, evaluation, interpretation, planning or inspection relating to a service or work that applies geology

Is a License Required to Work as a Professional Geologist?

Yes. No person may engage or offer to engage in the practice of professional geology, designate himself or herself as a professional geologist, use or assume the title "professional geologist" or any other title, letters or designation which represents or may tend to represent the person as a professional geologist unless the person is licensed by the professional geologist section of the examining board of professional geologists, hydrologists and soil scientists. [See Wis. Stat. § 470.02(1).]

Are There Exceptions to the Requirement for the Need for Licensure?

Yes, exceptions are listed in Wis. Stat. § 470.025.

Is There a Code of Ethics for my Profession?

Yes, Wis. Admin. Code GHSS 5 provides the rules of conduct of the profession.