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Chapter 308-15 WAC

Last Update: 10/31/19

GEOLOGIST LICENSING SERVICES

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF308-15-010State board of licensing.
HTMLPDF308-15-020Definitions.
HTMLPDF308-15-030How do I apply for a geologist license?
HTMLPDF308-15-040What are the minimum requirements to be eligible for a geologist license?
HTMLPDF308-15-050What is the examination process to be licensed as a geologist?
HTMLPDF308-15-053What are the specialty licenses?
HTMLPDF308-15-055What are the minimum requirements to be eligible for an engineering geologist specialty license?
HTMLPDF308-15-057What are the minimum requirements to be eligible for a hydrogeologist specialty license?
HTMLPDF308-15-060What qualifications must I meet to obtain a Washington state geologist license by reciprocity if I am already licensed in another jurisdiction?
HTMLPDF308-15-065What happens if I do not complete my application?
HTMLPDF308-15-070Do I need a seal?
HTMLPDF308-15-075When do I need to apply my stamp/seal?
HTMLPDF308-15-080How do I renew my license?
HTMLPDF308-15-083How do I obtain retired status?
HTMLPDF308-15-085How do I withdraw from active practice?
HTMLPDF308-15-087How do I reactivate my inactive license?
HTMLPDF308-15-103How are brief adjudicative proceedings (BAPs) conducted?
HTMLPDF308-15-105When can a brief adjudicative proceeding be used instead of a formal hearing?
HTMLPDF308-15-140What are the rules of professional conduct?
HTMLPDF308-15-150Fees.
HTMLPDF308-15-160What are the board member rules of conduct?
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
308-15-090What are the speciality licenses, qualifications and processes for licensure? [Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-090, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.] Repealed by WSR 05-01-174, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050.
308-15-100What is a brief adjudicative proceeding (BAP)? [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-100, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-100, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.] Repealed by WSR 07-13-038, filed 6/13/07, effective 7/14/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040.
308-15-101When can a brief adjudicative proceeding (BAP) be requested? [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-101, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-101, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.] Repealed by WSR 07-13-038, filed 6/13/07, effective 7/14/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040.
308-15-102What records are required for a brief adjudicative proceeding (BAP)? [Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-102, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.] Repealed by WSR 05-01-174, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050.
308-15-107Records required for the brief adjudicative proceeding. [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 2018 c 199. WSR 18-21-028, § 308-15-107, filed 10/5/18, effective 11/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040. WSR 07-13-038, § 308-15-107, filed 6/13/07, effective 7/14/07.] Repealed by WSR 19-22-034, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086.


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State board of licensing.

The Washington state geologist licensing board, hereafter called the board, will hold at least one regular public meeting each year. Additional public meetings may be held at such times and places as the board may deem necessary. Annually, the board will elect a chair, a vice chair, and a secretary for the upcoming year.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-010, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-010, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-010, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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Definitions.

(1) "Geologic interpretation," as applied to the practice of geology and its specialties, is the process used to evaluate geologic conditions based on review of available information, and observation and testing of rock, soil material and groundwater characteristics.
(2) "Geologic work of a character satisfactory to the board" means that the applicant's qualifying work history consists of professional experience in the practice of geology. Geologic work requires applying sufficient education, knowledge, and experience to geologic problems by investigating, and acquiring surface and subsurface data, and measuring, interpreting, and reporting on the physical properties of the earth. Implicit in this definition is the understanding and pertinence of professional responsibility and integrity, and performance under minimal supervision. Professional geologic work specifically does not include routine activities by themselves such as drafting, sample collection, sample preparation, or routine laboratory work, where the elements of scientific judgment and interpretation are not required, nor does it include activities which do not use scientific methods to interpret geologic data. Professional geology work also does not include engineering or other physical sciences where geology investigation, analysis and interpretation are not used. Professional specialty experience is considered to meet the requirements of this definition.
(3) "National Association of State Boards of Geology" or "ASBOG" means the organization responsible for developing, publishing and grading National Geologist Licensing Examinations.
(4) "Professional specialty practice of a character satisfactory to the board" means that the applicant has qualifying work history pertinent to the specialty that meets the standards for professional geologic work defined in subsection (2) of this section. Elements, typical applications, and example project types, for the engineering geologist and hydrogeologist specialties are defined in WAC 308-15-053.
(5) "Reciprocity" means the issuance of a license without examination as a geologist or specialty geologist to an applicant who holds a license or certificate of qualifications issued by proper authority of any state, territory, or possession of the United States, District of Columbia, or any foreign country, if the applicant meets the requirements outlined in WAC 308-15-040 for a geologist license, in WAC 308-15-055 for an engineering geologist license, and in WAC 308-15-057 for a hydrogeologist license.
(6) "Year of professional practice" means at least 1600 hours of work in the practice of geology within one calendar year. Examples of a "year of professional practice" include 200 eight-hour days or 160 ten-hour days within one year. Part-time work will be counted on a prorated basis.
(7) "Year of professional specialty practice" means at least 1600 hours of work in a specialty within one calendar year, per examples given in subsection (6) of this section.
(8) "Geologist in training" means an individual who has met the educational requirements described in WAC 308-15-040(2), and has passed the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology examination, but does not meet the experience requirements outline in WAC 308-15-040(3).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-020, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040. WSR 07-13-038, § 308-15-020, filed 6/13/07, effective 7/14/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-020, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-020, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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How do I apply for a geologist license?

(1) Review the available options for licensure:
(a) If this is your initial geologist license, in WAC 308-15-050; and
(b) If you are licensed in another jurisdiction, in WAC 308-15-060.
(2) Complete the board's official application form, and submit it to the board office with the nonrefundable application fee.
(3) Verify you meet minimum educational requirements by having your official sealed transcripts sent directly to the board office from your college or university. Official sealed transcripts from schools outside the United States or Canada must be evaluated by a board-approved evaluation service. The evaluation service must send the original evaluation and a copy of the transcripts directly to the board office.
(4) Obtain personal references and verifications of experience in the format and on the forms specified in the application instructions. Verifications must be sent to the board directly from the verifier.
(5) If you are already licensed in another jurisdiction, obtain verification of your current license or certification and your examination scores on the form provided by the board. Verification must be sent directly to the board from the issuing jurisdiction.
(6) If you are applying for a specialty license, submit an applicable project list on the forms provided by the board to show you meet the minimum requirements of the professional specialty practice to the satisfaction of the board.
(7) If requested by the board, submit one or more reports you signed and stamped.
(8) If you are applying for a license by examination, your complete application, as described in subsection (9) of this section, must be received by the board at least ninety calendar days before the date of the examination.
(9) An application is not complete and will not be considered until all of the following are received by the board:
(a) Application, signed and dated, and without omissions;
(b) Application fee and, if applying for a specialty by examination, the examination fee specified in WAC 308-15-150;
(c) Official sealed transcripts sent directly from your college or university;
(d) Personal references sent directly from the reference source;
(e) Verification of experience sent directly by the verifiers;
(f) If you are already a licensed geologist in another jurisdiction, verification of examination scores and license or certification in another jurisdiction;
(g) If you are applying for a specialty license, your applicable project list; and
(h) Other documentation as requested by the board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-030, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 06-04-022, § 308-15-030, filed 1/23/06, effective 2/23/06; WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-030, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-030, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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What are the minimum requirements to be eligible for a geologist license?

An applicant is eligible for a geologist license when a complete application is acceptable to the board, and demonstrates:
(1) Education. An applicant shall have graduated from a course of study satisfactory to the board as described in (a) of this subsection or satisfy educational equivalents as determined by the board on a case-by-case basis as described in (b) of this subsection:
(a) Bachelor degree program. An applicant shall have earned a bachelor's degree in geology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, or geological sciences, including successful completion of core classes approved by the board; or have a related bachelor's degree as approved by the board, which includes successful completion of coursework that is determined by the board to be educationally equivalent in content and rigor to that of a geological sciences degree program.
(b) Educational equivalency: The board may review and approve unique combinations of educational equivalents to a bachelor's degree. This may include advanced study pertinent to geology, nonmatriculated coursework, practical seminars, and/or on-the-job training acceptable to the board.
(2) Experience. An applicant must have at least five years of geologic experience satisfactory to the board after completing the educational requirements in subsection (1) of this section. At least three years of geological experience must be obtained under the supervision of state-licensed geologists or others who, in the opinion of the board, are qualified to have responsible charge, or have been in responsible charge, of the applicant's geologic work. The following may be considered qualifying experience:
(a) Geologic research or teaching at the university or college level, which, in the judgment of the board, is comparable to experience obtained in the practice of geology;
(b) Up to two years of credit for full-time graduate study in geology, engineering geology, hydrogeology or one of the related geological sciences approved by the board; and
(c) Applicants with military training or experience will be evaluated by the board on a case-by-case basis to determine if the experience or training meets the licensing requirements.
(3) Examination. An applicant must have passed the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology and the ASBOG Practice of Geology examinations or another examination acceptable to the board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-040, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-040, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-040, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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What is the examination process to be licensed as a geologist?

You must sit for and pass the ASBOG examinations which consists of two parts: Fundamentals of Geology and Practice of Geology.
(1) Applying for the examination: You may apply to sit for each section separately or for all sections simultaneously:
(a)(i) Apply to sit for the Fundamentals of Geology examination once you meet the minimum educational requirements established in WAC 308-15-040.
(ii) To apply to sit for only the Fundamentals of Geology examination, provide the board with a completed application, an official copy of your transcripts, showing you meet the educational requirements, and the application fee listed in WAC 308-15-150. You do not need to submit employment and experience verification forms or personal references. Once you pass the Fundamentals of Geology examination, you will be enrolled as a geologist-in-training.
(b)(i) Apply to sit for the Practice of Geology examination once you meet the experience requirements established in WAC 308-15-040.
(ii) To apply to sit for only the Practice of Geology examination, provide the board completed experience verification forms showing you meet the requirements of WAC 308-15-040. These will be added to the application materials and fee you submitted to sit for the Fundamentals of Geology examination.
(c) Apply to sit for both parts of the ASBOG examination once you meet all licensure requirements outlined in WAC 308-15-040, by submitting a completed license application packet and application fee. A completed application packet must include official transcripts and experience verification forms.
(2) Fees: You must submit the application fee with your application prior to the application deadline. Fees are listed in WAC 308-15-150. Following approval of your application you must submit your examination fees directly to ASBOG prior to the deadline specified by ASBOG.
(3) Special accommodations: If you need special accommodations, the board will provide accommodations consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act. You must request special accommodations at least ninety days before the examination date.
(4) Failing the examination: You may apply for reexamination by submitting a written request and the administrative fee for reexamination specified in WAC 308-15-150. Once you have been approved for reexamination, you must submit the examination fee directly to ASBOG by the deadline specified by ASBOG.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-050, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 06-04-022, § 308-15-050, filed 1/23/06, effective 2/23/06; WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-050, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-050, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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What are the specialty licenses?

The types of specialty licenses are engineering geologist and hydrogeologist.
(1) Engineering geologist.
(a) Elements of the engineering geologist specialty practice. The practice of engineering geology involves the interpretation, evaluation, analysis, and application of geological information and data, as follows: Geotechnical soil and rock units are designated, characterized, and classified, using standard engineering soil and rock classification systems. Site characteristics are interpreted based on surface landforms, current and past geologic processes, the distribution and strength characteristics of soil and rock, and ground and surface water. Geotechnical zones, domains or layers are designated based on soil and rock strength characteristics, common landforms, related geologic processes, or other pertinent factors. Proposed land development or modification is evaluated and, where appropriate, analyzed to estimate the likely behavior of soil and rock under static and dynamic conditions. Proposed modifications may include such things as vegetation removal, using various types of materials in construction, applying loads to shallow or deep foundations, constructing cut or fill slopes and other grading, and modifying ground and surface water flow. The effects of surficial and deep-seated geologic processes are evaluated and analyzed to estimate the potential effect on public health, public safety, land use, or proposed development.
(b) Typical engineering geologic applications and types of projects. Engineering geology is applied from conception through planning, design, construction, maintenance, and, in some cases, reclamation and closure. Planning-level engineering geologic work is commonly conducted in response to forest practice regulations, critical areas ordinances, and the State Environmental Policy Act. Typical planning-level engineering geologic applications include timber harvest planning, proposed location of residential and commercial developments and other buildings and facilities, and alternative route selection for roads, rail lines, trails, and utilities. Site-specific engineering geologic applications may include, for example, evaluation of and recommendations for cuts, fills, and tunnels for roads, trails, railroads, and utility lines; foundations for bridges and other structures, retaining walls and shoring, dams, buildings, water towers, slope stability evaluation and stabilization, channel and shoreline stabilization, and other structures; rock bolt systems; rockfall protection systems; blasting; and other major earthwork projects such as for aggregate sources and landfills.
(2) Hydrogeologist.
(a) Elements of the hydrogeologist specialty. The hydrogeologist license is a specialty license that requires having a geologist license. The practice of hydrogeology involves the study, interpretation, and application of the movement of water and other fluids through geologic materials, the mechanical, physical, chemical, and thermal interaction of fluids with geologic materials, and the transport of energy and chemical constituents by fluids in the subsurface.
(b) Typical hydrogeologic applications and types of projects. Typical applications include regional or basin groundwater resource, quantity and quality, characterization, development and protection of groundwater resources, subsurface characterization; design of vadose and saturated zone environmental cleanups; design, chemical testing, and construction supervision of test, production, recharge, injection, remediation, dewatering and resource protection wells; fluid flow and transport modeling; dewatering system design; and evaluation of potential impacts caused by past, current, or future activities on the quantity and quality of groundwater and soil gas, and the range of potential mitigations.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-053, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-053, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05.]



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What are the minimum requirements to be eligible for an engineering geologist specialty license?

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for an engineering geologist license:
(1) You hold a current Washington state geologist license; and
(2) You have knowledge of the engineering geology of Washington state; and
(3) You have completed and passed the requirements of advanced study pertinent to engineering geology and acceptable to the board as follows:
(a) Eighteen semester or twenty-seven quarter credit hours of graded academic coursework; or
(b) Two hundred seventy hours of qualifying seminars or workshops, as acceptable to the board; or
(c) Five hundred forty hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of state-licensed engineering geologists or others who, in the opinion of the board, are qualified to have responsible charge of engineering geologic projects; or
(d) Any combination of (a), (b), and/or (c) of this subsection, as acceptable to the board; and
(4) You have five years of professional engineering geology experience after completing and passing the advanced study requirements specified in subsection (3) of this section. At least three years of engineering geology experience must be obtained under the supervision of Washington state-licensed engineering geologists or others who, in the opinion of the board, are qualified to have responsible charge of engineering geology projects. The following may be considered qualifying engineering geology experience:
(a) Engineering geology research or teaching at the university or college level, which, in the judgment of the board, is comparable to experience obtained in the practice of engineering geology; and
(b) Up to two years' credit for full-time graduate study in engineering geology or a curriculum containing equivalent academic content approved by the board; and
(5) You have passed the Washington state engineering geologist specialty examination or another examination acceptable to the board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-055, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-055, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05.]



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What are the minimum requirements to be eligible for a hydrogeologist specialty license?

You are eligible for a hydrogeologist license if you submit an application to the board, completed in accordance with WAC 308-15-030, which demonstrates that:
(1) You hold a current Washington state geologist license; and
(2) You have demonstrated knowledge of the hydrogeology of Washington state; and
(3) You have completed and passed the requirements of advanced study pertinent to hydrogeology and acceptable to the board, as follows:
(a) Eighteen semester or twenty-seven quarter credit hours of graded academic coursework; or
(b) Two hundred seventy hours of seminars or workshops, as acceptable to the board; or
(c) Five hundred forty hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of state-licensed hydrogeologists or others who, in the opinion of the board, are qualified to have responsible charge of hydrogeologic projects; or
(d) A combination of (a), (b), and (c) of this subsection; and
(4) You have five years of professional hydrogeology experience after completing and passing the advanced study requirements specified in subsection (3) of this section. At least three years of hydrogeology experience must be obtained under the supervision of Washington state-licensed hydrogeologists or others who, in the opinion of the board, are qualified to have responsible charge of hydrogeology projects. The following may be considered qualifying hydrogeology experience:
(a) Hydrogeology research or teaching at the university or college level, which, in the judgment of the board, is comparable to experience obtained in the practice of hydrogeology; and
(b) Up to two years' credit for full-time graduate study in hydrogeology or a curriculum containing equivalent academic content approved by the board; and
(5) You have passed the Washington state hydrogeology specialty examination or another examination acceptable to the board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-057, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-057, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05.]



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What qualifications must I meet to obtain a Washington state geologist license by reciprocity if I am already licensed in another jurisdiction?

You are eligible for a geologist or specialty license by reciprocity if you submit a geologist and/or specialty license and examination application to the board which demonstrates:
(1) You hold an active geologist license in good standing in a jurisdiction recognized by the board;
(2) You meet the education and experience requirements in WAC 308-15-040 and, if applying for a specialty geologist license, the experience requirements in WAC 308-15-055 or 308-15-057; and
(3) You have passed the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology and ASBOG Practice of Geology examinations or an equivalent examination acceptable to the board. If you are applying for a specialty geologist license, you must also verify that you have passed a specialty geologist examination adopted by or acceptable to the board, or take the Washington state specialty geologist examination.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-060, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-060, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-060, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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What happens if I do not complete my application?

(1) If you fail to complete the licensing process and the board's records show no application activity for five consecutive years, the board will consider your application abandoned. No application activity includes, but is not limited to, failure to submit the required documents within five consecutive years from the receipt of the most recent information submitted.
(2) Your application will be considered abandoned if you fail to provide the board with written communication during five consecutive years indicating you are attempting to complete the licensing process.
(3) Once the board considers your application abandoned, your application will be destroyed, in accordance with the board's record retention schedule in effect at the time. You will then be required to reapply for licensure, and comply with the licensing requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-065, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19.]



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Do I need a seal?

Upon licensure, you must obtain a seal bearing your name, license number, and the legend "State of Washington Licensed Geologist." If you are licensed as an engineering geologist or hydrogeologist, the specialty must be noted on the seal. Seals may be physically or digitally produced. Facsimiles of the seal designs authorized by the director are shown in this section. Deviations to the authorized seal designs are not allowed.
Geologist stamp here
Engineering geologist stamp here
Hydrogeologist stamp here
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-070, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-070, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-070, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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When do I need to apply my stamp/seal?

(1) You must apply your stamp/seal, signature, and the date on every final geology or specialty geology work product prepared by you or under your supervision or direction, and submitted to other parties, as part of the public practice of geology.
(a) All figures, maps, and plates bound within final reports or documents do not need to be individually stamped/sealed, signed and dated. You must individually stamp, sign, and date unbound final figures, maps, and plates.
(b) Draft geology or specialty geology work products do not have to be stamped/sealed, but these types of documents and associated figures, maps, and plates must be marked as draft.
(2) If you stamp, sign and date a work product prepared by another geologist, you are responsible to the same extent, as if you prepared that work product yourself.
(3) The terms "signature" or "signed" as used in chapter 18.220 RCW and this chapter, mean the following:
(a) A handwritten identification or a digital representation of your handwritten identification that represents the act of putting your name on a document to attest to its validity. The handwritten or digital identification must be:
(i) Original and written by hand, or a scanned image of an original, handwritten identification;
(ii) Permanently affixed to the document(s) being certified;
(iii) Applied to the document by the identified licensee;
(iv) Placed across the seal/stamp of the licensee.
(b) A digital identification is an electronic authentication process attached to or logically associated with an electronic document. The digital identification may include a scanned or digitized signature. The digital identification must be:
(i) Unique to the licensee using it;
(ii) Capable of independent verification;
(iii) Under the exclusive control of the licensee using it; and
(iv) Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital identification is invalidated if any data in the document are changed. Final work products prepared pursuant to regulatory compliance shall be stamped consistent with this section and are not considered exemptions under RCW 18.220.190(4).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-075, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040. WSR 07-13-038, § 308-15-075, filed 6/13/07, effective 7/14/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-075, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-075, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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How do I renew my license?

The renewal period is one year. Your license renewal date is your birthday. You must notify the department in writing of any address changes.
You are responsible to make a timely renewal whether or not you receive a renewal notice from the department.
If you fail to renew your license, your license is invalid. If your license is invalid, you are prohibited from offering and/or providing professional geologist services until your license is renewed or reinstated.
If you fail to pay your renewal fee within ninety days after your renewal date, you must pay the renewal fee plus a late fee equal to one year's renewal fee at the current rate.
If you fail to renew your license for a period of five years or more, you may be reinstated upon payment of the current year's renewal fee and a late fee equal to one year's renewal fee at the current rate. In addition to the payment of fees, you must submit the following:
(1) A signed statement that you are knowledgeable about the current laws and rules governing geologists in Washington state;
(2) A professional resume of your geologist activities during the delinquent period, including licensure in another jurisdiction, with sufficient detail to demonstrate to the board that you have maintained your professional geologist skills; and
(3) A detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding the reason you allowed your license to expire.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-080, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-080, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-080, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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How do I obtain retired status?

If you are a licensed geologist, you may be eligible to obtain retired status if you are at least sixty-five years of age and have discontinued active professional practice. If granted retired status, your ongoing licensing renewal fees are waived.
(1) To obtain retired status, submit a written request to the board. If the board determines you are eligible, the retired status would become effective on the first scheduled license renewal date that occurs on or after you reach age sixty-five. You do not need to renew an expired license to be eligible for this status. The board will not provide refund of renewal fees if the application for retired status is made and granted before the expiration date of the license.
(2) Privileges. In addition to the waiver of the renewal fee, as a licensee in retired status, you are permitted to:
(a) Retain the board-issued wall certificate of licensure.
(b) Use the title "geologist," provided you also use the term "retired," the abbreviation "ret," "emeritus geologist," or similar language in written or verbal communications to indicate you are no longer in active practice.
(c) Provide experience verifications and references for individuals seeking licensure under chapter 18.220 RCW.
(d) Provide services as a technical expert before a court, or in preparation for pending litigation, on matters directly related to geologic work you performed before you were granted retired status.
(e) Serve in a professional capacity as a "good Samaritan," as set forth in RCW 38.52.195 and 38.52.1951, provided said work is otherwise performed in accordance with chapter 18.220 RCW.
(3) Restrictions. As a retired licensee, you are not permitted to:
(a) Perform any professional geology work, as provided for in chapter 18.220 RCW, unless said activity is under the direct supervision of a Washington state licensed geologist;
(b) Apply your professional seal, as provided for in RCW 18.220.090 to a professional geologic work product.
(4) Certificate of licensure reinstatement. As a retired status licensee, you may resume active geologist practice upon written request to the board and payment of the current renewal fee. If approved, your license will be returned to active status by the board, and all rights and responsibilities of an active license status will be in effect. At the date of expiration of the reinstated license, you may choose to either continue active licensure or may again apply for retired status, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(5) Exemptions. Under no circumstances shall you be eligible for retired status if your license has been revoked, surrendered, or suspended by the board under chapter 18.220 RCW. If you have been suspended from geologic practice or are subject to terms of a board order at the time you reach age sixty-five, you shall not be eligible for retired status until such time that the board has removed the restricting conditions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-083, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19.]



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How do I withdraw from active practice?

You can withdraw from active practice by requesting in writing your license be placed on either inactive or retired status. Your license must be in good standing before you can request it be placed in inactive status. See WAC 308-15-083 for information about obtaining retired status.
Under inactive status, you are not permitted to perform any professional geology work, as provided for in chapter 18.220 RCW, unless said activity is under the direct supervision of a Washington state licensed geologist who has an active license in the records of the board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-085, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19.]



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How do I reactivate my inactive license?

(1) If you are returning to active status from less than five years of inactive status, submit to the board:
(a) A letter of application requesting reactivation of your license; and
(b) The current renewal fee.
(2) If you are returning to active status after five years of inactive status, submit to the board:
(a) A letter of application requesting reinstatement; and
(b) The current renewal fee plus the late penalty fee.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-087, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19.]



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How are brief adjudicative proceedings (BAPs) conducted?

(1) A brief adjudicative proceeding is an alternative to a formal hearing. You will not be required to testify or be present during the proceeding. A decision on your case will be made based upon review of documents only.
(2) The proceeding will be conducted by a presiding officer, designated by the board, who is objective and will not have personally participated in any decision to issue the initiating document.
(3) You may present any written documentation that you believe supports your case as well as a statement or brief addressing why you believe your position in the case is correct. The presiding officer will designate the date by which written documents must be submitted by the parties.
(4) No witnesses may appear to testify.
(5) The presiding officer will issue a written initial order within ten days of the date for submission of materials. That initial decision will contain instructions on how you may appeal the decision if you choose.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-103, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-103, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-023, § 308-15-103, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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When can a brief adjudicative proceeding be used instead of a formal hearing?

(1) The board will conduct brief adjudicative proceedings as provided for in RCW 34.05.482 through 34.05.494 of the Administrative Procedure Act.
(2) Brief adjudicative proceedings may be used to determine the following issues:
(a) Whether an applicant has satisfied terms for reinstatement of a license after a period of license restriction, suspension, or revocation;
(b) Whether an applicant is eligible to sit for a professional licensing examination;
(c) Whether an applicant meets minimum requirements for an initial or renewal application;
(d) Whether an applicant has failed the professional licensing examination;
(e) Whether an applicant or licensee failed to cooperate in an investigation by the board;
(f) Whether an applicant or licensee was convicted of a crime that disqualifies the applicant or licensee from holding the specific license sought or held;
(g) Whether an applicant or licensee has violated the terms of a final order issued by the board or the board's designee;
(h) Whether an individual has engaged in false, deceptive, or misleading advertising; or
(i) Whether an individual has engaged in unlicensed practice.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-105, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 2018 c 199. WSR 18-21-028, § 308-15-105, filed 10/5/18, effective 11/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040. WSR 07-13-038, § 308-15-105, filed 6/13/07, effective 7/14/07.]



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What are the rules of professional conduct?

These rules of professional conduct are applicable to all individuals that have been issued a license as a geologist or specialty geologist in accordance with chapter 18.220 RCW.
(1) What are the general responsibilities of a geologist?
(a) A geologist must undertake professional service or render expert opinion only when qualified by training or experience in the technical areas involved.
(b) When serving as an expert or technical witness before a court, commission, or other tribunal, a geologist must express only those opinions founded upon adequate professional knowledge of the matters at issue.
(c) A geologist must stamp, sign and date only professional work products prepared in the public practice of geology including, but not limited to, maps and reports for which the geologist has direct professional knowledge, and for which the geologist is in responsible charge.
(d) A geologist must not take credit for work conducted by others. When using the results of other geologists' work in the performance of the public practice of geology, a geologist must give due credit to the other geologists by citation or acknowledgment.
(e) A geologist must not make false statements or misrepresentations, or permit the publication or use of another geologist's name or geological work in association with fraudulent activities.
(f) A geologist must make full disclosure to identified affected parties of conflict of interest in projects or properties for which the geologist performs geological work.
(g) If a geologist is consulted and renders a professional opinion which is overruled or ignored, the geologist has a duty to inform the affected party where there is present or imminent threat to the public health, welfare, or property. The geologist must immediately notify the client or employer and document their best efforts to explain possible consequences. If the client or employer does not take action in a period of time consistent with the level of danger, the geologist must use best efforts to notify the apparent appropriate regulatory agency.
(h) A geologist must issue no statements, criticisms, or arguments on geological matters inspired or paid for by interested parties, unless the geologist indicates on whose behalf the statements are made.
(i) A geologist should continue professional development throughout their career, and should also provide opportunities for the professional development of others practicing under their supervision.
(2) What are the specific responsibilities of a geologist to a client or employer?
(a) A geologist must avoid conflicts of interest with a client or employer and must disclose the circumstances to the client or employer if a conflict is unavoidable.
(b) A geologist must not, during the time of the geologist's retention or employment by a client or employer, use information developed for, or the resources of, said client or employer for private gain or in any other manner that may conflict with the client's or employer's interest without the knowledge and consent of the client or employer, except as specified in subsection (1)(h) of this section. In the case of former clients or employers, a geologist must honor agreements with former clients or employers with regard to proprietary information, except as specified by subsection (1)(h) of this section.
(c) A geologist must either engage or advise a client or employer to engage other experts or specialists if the client's or employer's interests are best served by such service.
(d) A geologist has the right to withdraw from service without due notice if:
(i) The geologist knows or has reason to think that the client or employer is involved in illegal or fraudulent practices, or practices dangerous to the public welfare.
(ii) The geologist knows or has reason to think that the continued employment will result in illness or injury to the geologist or the geologist's dependents.
(e) A geologist must not accept compensation concurrently from more than one client or employer for the same work on a project, unless the circumstances of payment are fully disclosed and agreed to by all financially interested parties.
(f) A geologist must advise the geologist's clients or employers when, as a result of the geological work, the geologist considers a project will not be viable.
(g) A geologist must negotiate contracts for professional services fairly and on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualifications for the type of professional service required.
(h) A geologist must not request, propose or accept professional compensation on a contingent basis under circumstances in which the geologist's professional judgment or ethics may be compromised.
(3) What are the specific responsibilities of a geologist to the board?
(a) A geologist must respond to formal requests of the board within the time frame and in the manner specified by the board in its request.
(b) A geologist, when requested by the board, must present information and assistance to the board in pursuing violations of laws and rules relating to the public practice of geology in Washington state.
(c) If a geologist has knowledge or reasonable cause to think an individual or another geologist is in violation of the laws governing the license or practice of geology contained in chapter 18.220 RCW, RCW 18.220.130, 18.235.130 or the related administrative rules, the geologist must present such information in writing to the board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-140, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-140, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040(1), 18.220.050(1). WSR 02-20-072, § 308-15-140, filed 9/30/02, effective 10/31/02.]



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Fees.

Fees.
Type of Fee
Amount
Application fees - includes initial license
 
Application fee for geologist (applying by examination)
$100.00
Application fee for each specialty (applying by examination)
$100.00
Application fee for geologist (applying by reciprocity)
$200.00
Application fee for each specialty (applying by reciprocity)
$150.00
Examination fees
 
Administration fee for reexamination
$65.00
Specialty examination (hydrogeologist or engineering geologist examination)
$300.00
Renewal fees
 
Annual renewal fee for geologist
$100.00
Annual renewal fee for each specialty
$85.00
Annual renewal for geologist, with late fee (if paid ninety days or more after due date)
$200.00
Annual renewal for each specialty, with late fee (if paid ninety days or more after due date)
$170.00
Miscellaneous fees
 
Duplicate wall certificate. . . .
$25.00
Certification of license records to other jurisdictions. . . .
$45.00
Proctor examination for another jurisdiction. . . .
$100.00
In addition to applicable state examination fees, ASBOG may collect, from the applicants, the charges of examination development, examination administration and grading. Terms and conditions for payment of the charges to ASBOG are determined by ASBOG.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-150, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040 and 43.24.086. WSR 16-12-091, § 308-15-150, filed 5/31/16, effective 7/1/16; WSR 14-11-013, § 308-15-150, filed 5/8/14, effective 7/1/14; WSR 11-08-054, § 308-15-150, filed 4/5/11, effective 7/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040. WSR 08-12-039, § 308-15-150, filed 5/30/08, effective 7/1/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050. WSR 06-04-022, § 308-15-150, filed 1/23/06, effective 2/23/06; WSR 05-01-174, § 308-15-150, filed 12/21/04, effective 1/21/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.220 RCW. WSR 01-12-022, § 308-15-150, filed 5/25/01, effective 6/25/01.]



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What are the board member rules of conduct?

(1) When a board member either owns a beneficial interest in or is an officer, agent, employee, or member of an entity engaged in activity that is subject to a board action, the board member shall state such involvement and be recused from board contact and participation related to that board action, except that the board member may provide information and appear as a fact witness in that action.
(2) When a board member has a business relationship with a respondent who is subject to a board action, the board member shall notify the board and board staff of that relationship. The board member shall either state that the nature of the relationship is such that it will not affect the board member's impartiality and the member will continue to participate in the action or the board member shall announce their recusal from the board action.
(3) Board staff will make a written notation for the case file of any statement by a board member regarding a business relationship with the respondent and the basis for recusal or continuing participation in the board action.
(4) "Board action" means any action on the part of the board, including, but not limited to:
(a) An investigation, discussion, decision, determination, finding, ruling, order or other regulatory activity within the board's jurisdiction; and
(b) A grant, payment, award, license, contract, transaction, sanction, or approval, or the denial thereof, or failure to act with respect to a decision, determination, finding, ruling, or order.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040, 18.220.050, and 43.24.086. WSR 19-22-034, § 308-15-160, filed 10/31/19, effective 12/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.220.040. WSR 07-13-038, § 308-15-160, filed 6/13/07, effective 7/14/07.]