Webinar: A Road Map to Earning the Professional Geologist License in PA

  • August 16, 2018
  • 1:00 PM

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One-hour complimentary webinar.  Continuing education certificates will not be awarded.


Martin F. Helmke, Ph.D., P.G. (West Chester University)

President-Elect, PCPG

The path to earning the Professional Geologist license or Geologist In Training certificate may appear confusing to those unfamiliar with Pennsylvania’s licensing process.  This webinar will review the complete workflow from assembling application materials, constructing a successful amplified record, submitting the application through the online PALs system, to registering for and taking the ASBOG exam(s).

High points:
This webinar will thoroughly explain the process of applying for and earning the PG license or GIT certificate in Pennsylvania.  A flow chart and timeline will be provided to help candidates meet application deadlines.  Strategies for documenting educational requirements, providing a robust amplified record, and assembling professional references will be covered.  The various agencies, organizations, and systems involved in the licensing process (e.g., PCPG, DOS, Licensing Board, ASBOG, PALs, Pearson VUE) will be reviewed to help applicants understand who reviews their materials.  Finally, a list of resources will be provided to assist applicants as questions arise.

Who Should Attend:
Senior geology students, recent graduates, or experienced geologic professionals who are seeking the PG license or GIT certificate should take this course participate in this webinar.  We also welcome educators, a broad range of scientists, environmental professionals, engineers, and other professionals who would like to learn more about who may qualify for professional geologist licensure in Pennsylvania.

Anticipated Outcome(s):
After this webinar, attendees should be prepared to construct and submit a successful application to sit for the exams to earn the GIT certificate or PG license in Pennsylvania.
Martin F. Helmke, Ph.D., P.G. (West Chester University) – Dr. Martin Helmke is President Elect of PCPG, a Full Professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and President of Helmke Hydrogeologic, LLC.  Dr. Helmke holds a PhD in Geology and Water Resources from Iowa State University and is a PA Licensed P.G. by ASBOG.  He teaches courses in Hydrogeology, Groundwater Modeling, Field Geology, Physical Geology, and Soils at WCU.  Dr. Helmke’s research interests include groundwater modeling; contaminant fate, transport, and remediation in fractured media; hydrogeology of mines, pipelines, landfills, quarries, and other infrastructure; emergency response to geologic disasters; and the application of drones to geology.  He has 30 years experience working as a hydrogeologist and educator for academic institutions, government agencies, and consulting firms across the US.


Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists
116 Forest Drive, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011

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