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    • January 22, 2019
    • 1:00 PM

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


    Presenter

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

    President-Elect, PCPG


    Overview:
    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.
     
    Presenter:
    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.


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    • February 07, 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • February 08, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry, 2000 Garden View Lane, Cranberry Twp., PA
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    Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry
    2000 Garden View Lane     DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Township, PA 16066

    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.


    Visit What others have said about this course.

    Day One: Thursday, February 7
    • General & Field Geology
    • Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry
    • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology
    • Structure, Tectonics, and Geomorphology

    Day Two: Friday, February 8
    • Seismology, Exploration Geophysics, Well Logging
    • Hydrogeology
    • Engineering Geology
    • Economic Geology and Energy Resources
    • About the ASBOG Test (Self-guided. Material included in the Day Two booklet.)

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    Our instructors arrive wholly focused on your learning experience, and remain available via Email and telephone to answer questions after your return to the office.

    2-Day Format and Mock Tests
    Mock tests are a component of the seminar.

    PCPG Review Course Participant / Future ASBOG Exam Candidates:
    The components of this seminar are aligned with the general subject areas contained in the ASBOG Geologist Examinations.  However, the course is not intended as a sole-source for your test preparation.  It is instead a proven resource and guide for your further preparation efforts.  As such, the course provides a concentrated review and a general refresher for the practicing, Professional Geologist.
         During this seminar about one hour is devoted to review a full-semester, college course.  Day Two will include access to material about ASBOG and the examinations, including test blueprints that are in the public domain.  The seminar is not intended as a "How to take the Test" review.  Seminar registrants take this course 6 to 12 months from their intended exam date with the understanding that significant, additional preparation will be needed prior to sitting for their examination.
         We are certain that you will find the provided information helpful to your preparation, enabling you to better succeed in the ASBOG Examinations.

    Hotel Accommodations
    Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry:  $109++ for the nights of February 6, February 7, or February 8.  Make your room reservation by phoning Hilton Garden Inn reservations at (724) 779-9999 and asking for the "PCPG" or PA Council of Professional Geologists group rate. Group rate expires January 16.
    • March 06, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Harrisburg Hershey (Grantville), 604 Station Road, Grantville, PA
    • 81
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    Holiday Inn Harrisburg Hershey
    604 Station Road (Off Route 81)
    Grantville, PA 17028     DIRECTIONS

    11:30-6:00 PM

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    Due to planning considerations, a $25 surcharge will be added to late or walk-in registrations. Please help us accommodate all and register prior to the event.

    Hotel Rooms: $109++ through 20 February.  Telephone Holiday Inn hotel by dialing (717)469-0661 and ask for the PA Council of Professional Geologists special rate of $109++.  Be sure you ask about the cancellation policy ahead of confirming your reservation.

    • June 14, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • On-boarding Cranberry Twp., Pennsylvania
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    Professional Development
    Delaware and South Carolina:  60 mins. = 1 CEU
    Pennsylvania:  50 mins. = 1 PDH


    • August 15, 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • August 16, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Eastern-PA Location
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    Save the date. Registration will open March 2019.


    Thursday-Friday
    August 15-16, 2019
    Eastern PA

    Agenda Coming Soon.

    Professional Development Conversion
    DE, SC 60 mins. = 1 CEU
    PA 50 mins. = 1 PDH

    2-Day Format and Mock Tests
    Mock tests are a component of the seminar.

    Our instructors arrive wholly focused on your learning experience, and remain available via Email and telephone to answer questions after your return to the office.

    Read what others have said about this

    two-day course.


    Day One-Thursday, August 15

    • General & Field Geology
    • Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry
    • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology
    • Geomorphology, Surficial Processes and Quaternary Geology

    Day Two-Friday, August 16

    • Structure, Tectonics, and Geomorphology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Engineering Geology
    • Economic Geology and Energy Resources
    • About the ASBOG® Test (Self-guided. Material included in the Day Two booklet.)

    PCPG Review Course Participant / Future ASBOG® Exam Candidate:

    The components of this seminar are aligned with the general subject areas contained in the ASBOG® Geologist Examinations.  However, the course is not intended as a sole-source for your test preparation.  It is instead a proven resource and guide for your further preparation efforts.  As such, the course provides a concentrated review and a general refresher for the practicing, Professional Geologist.

    During this seminar about one hour is devoted to review a full-semester, college course.  Day Two will include access to material about ASBOG® and the examinations, including test blueprints that are in the public domain.  The seminar is not intended as a "How to take the Test" review.  Seminar registrants take this course 6 to 12 months from their intended exam date with the understanding that significant, additional preparation will be needed prior to sitting for their examination.

    We are certain that you will find the provided information helpful to your preparation, enabling you to better succeed in the ASBOG® Examinations.

    Hotel Accommodations: Coming Soon.


    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.
    • September 12, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • September 13, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Western PA Location
    • 26

    Save the dates.  Registration will open February 2019.


    September 12-13, 2019
    Western-PA Location



    Overview

    This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the fields of soil and groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles of geochemistry as applied to water/rock interactions.  Chemical interactions between water and soil/aquifer material that determine the composition of natural water and affect the migration of contaminants will be covered. 

    A basic knowledge of aquifer geochemical processes is necessary to understand the natural system and the chemical evolution of groundwater as it flows through the aquifer.  Geochemistry is also necessary to evaluate the natural attenuation of contaminants and to design remediation methods to remove or immobilize contaminants (organics and inorganics) in the subsurface.  This course provides an introduction to the important geochemical processes that affect the dissolved constituents of groundwater.  These processes include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, adsorption/desorption, and biodegradation.  To understand the importance of these processes at a particular site, sufficient groundwater and solid phase data must be collected; therefore, this class will include a discussion of data collection requirements and methods of data interpretation to elucidate the important geochemical reactions at a site.  Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class.

    Case studies will be described for the contaminants lead, arsenic, and chromium as well as the occurrence and source(s) of methane in groundwater.  Stable isotopes will be discussed and used in the methane case study.

    Who Should Attend
    • Environmental scientists involved with site characterization and contamination assessment
    • Hydrologists working with contaminant fate and transport
    • Environmental engineers designing remediation methods at contaminated sites
    • Project managers at environmental consulting firms
    • Regulatory Project Managers and Technical Support Staff
    • Industries with sites requiring contaminant characterization and remediation.

    Agenda/Instructor Bio: Coming Soon

    Hotel Accommodations: Coming Soon.

    • September 16, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • September 17, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Eastern-PA Location
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    Save the dates.  Registration will open February 2019.


    September 16-17, 2019
    Eastern-PA Location


    Overview

    This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the fields of soil and groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles of geochemistry as applied to water/rock interactions.  Chemical interactions between water and soil/aquifer material that determine the composition of natural water and affect the migration of contaminants will be covered. 

    A basic knowledge of aquifer geochemical processes is necessary to understand the natural system and the chemical evolution of groundwater as it flows through the aquifer.  Geochemistry is also necessary to evaluate the natural attenuation of contaminants and to design remediation methods to remove or immobilize contaminants (organics and inorganics) in the subsurface.  This course provides an introduction to the important geochemical processes that affect the dissolved constituents of groundwater.  These processes include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, adsorption/desorption, and biodegradation.  To understand the importance of these processes at a particular site, sufficient groundwater and solid phase data must be collected; therefore, this class will include a discussion of data collection requirements and methods of data interpretation to elucidate the important geochemical reactions at a site.  Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class.

    Case studies will be described for the contaminants lead, arsenic, and chromium as well as the occurrence and source(s) of methane in groundwater.  Stable isotopes will be discussed and used in the methane case study.

    Who Should Attend
    • Environmental scientists involved with site characterization and contamination assessment
    • Hydrologists working with contaminant fate and transport
    • Environmental engineers designing remediation methods at contaminated sites
    • Project managers at environmental consulting firms
    • Regulatory Project Managers and Technical Support Staff
    • Industries with sites requiring contaminant characterization and remediation.

    Agenda/Instructor Bio: Coming Soon

    Hotel Accommodations: Coming Soon.

    • September 30, 2021
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    To order a replacement certificate for a previously attended PCPG event, please complete the order form and remit payment.

    Replacement will occur only if attendee initialed the sign-in sheet, and for events prior to May 2010, only if registrar is able to verify that the attendee checked-in at the registration table.

    During busy periods, certificate replacement may take 7-10 days.

    Questions? Contact Rose Jeffries by phoning (717) 730-9745.