EUROPEAN GEOLOGIST TITLE
- WHAT IS THE EURGEOL PROFESSIONAL TITLE?
- WHY DO I NEED THE TITLE?
- WHO ISSUES THE TITLE?
- WHERE IS THE TITLE RECOGNISED?
The European Geologist title is a professional title created by the European Federation of Geologists which recognises the ability to deliver a high quality of services within the practice of geology. The title held by a professional geologist means that the holder has achieved suitable academic training and a level of professional experience, skill and competence to perform tasks within their professional practice. It also means that the geologist undertakes continuing education and training, demonstrating a personal commitment to stay up to date and informed within the sphere of their professional work.
Professional titles have become important in demonstrating the suitability of a professional to provide geological services. The professional title provides a quality mark to demonstrate to clients, regulators and the general public that the individual is competent to provide geological advice, and allows employers to offer competitive commercial services. To adapt to the current and future challenges within the geo-political framework of the European Union, it is necessary that geologists achieve, and can demonstrate, a high degree of professional experience to be able to respond to the demands of Society in practicing their profession.
The European Geologist (EurGeol) title is awarded by the European Federation of Geologists (EFG). The Federation represents the geological profession across Europe and has members from the professional associations of twenty two of the EU member countries. There are over 1000 individual EurGeol title holders. The process of vetting applications for the title is carried out for the Federation by its Licensed Bodies. National Licensed Bodies operating in Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Italy receive applications from their own members. Applicants from other countries apply to the International Licensed Body, which is supported by the EFG Brussels office. Recommendations for election from the Licensed Bodies are passed to the EFG Council for ratification. A register of title holders is maintained on the EFG web site.
The training and experience underlying the title are being harmonised. This will mean that the title will be recognisable in all European countries and so act as a passport to professional practice in Europe, thereby encouraging free movement of professionals. There are reciprocity recognition agreements being set with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and the Canadian Council of Professional Geologists (CCPG). On a practical level, European Geologists are recognised by the mineral reporting authorities in Australia, Canada, South Africa and London as professionals accredited to sign reports on mineral resources within their area of expertise and in the valuation of mining companies quoted on the Stock Exchanges.
EurGeol Tool: Interactive Directory of European Geologists
The EurGeol Tool is an electronic service for European Geologist title holders (EurGeols), companies, public authorities and other stakeholders:
- EFG has created an interactive directory allowing companies and organisations to search for European Geologists, EurGeols, active in one specific country and/or one specific professional geology domain.
- The section ‘EurGeol searcher’ provides information about all professional geologists (EurGeols) registered and validated by the European Federation of Geologists.
- The title held by a professional geologist means that the holder has achieved suitable academic training and a sufficient level of professional experience. In addition the geologist undertakes continuing education and training activities, and is required to abide by the EFG Code of Ethics.
- In the section ‘EurGeol Service’, European Geologists can complete their annual record of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) online, and create their electronic CV or visit card.
- In terms of quality control each EFG Licensed Body can supervise and audit the EurGeol’s CPD records in the section “Licensed Bodies service”. Each Licensed Body has access to the details of the EurGeols registered in its organisation.
EurGeol as competent person
The global trend shows that an increasing number of geoscientists work at international level and that the requirements for quality assurance by the clients, the public, governments and insurance companies are increasing.
International practice increasingly requires that technical reports must be signed by Competent Persons who:
- Have appropriate qualifications.
- Are qualified by a relevant institution.
- Have experience relevant to the service provided.
- Are up-to-date.
A professional geologist who is a member of a National Association member of EFG with not less than eight years of training and experience may apply to a Licensed Body (LB) to be validated as a European Geologist, in accordance with criteria and procedures established by Regulation E. The European Geologist title is built of four pillars:
- Academic Qualifications.
- Professional Experience.
- Code of Ethics.
- Continuing Professional Development.
What do I need to demonstrate?
An applicant for the title of European Geologist must have followed and satisfactorily completed an educational programme at university level in geology or a related subject and have been awarded a degree or equivalent qualification. The period of the educational programme shall normally be for a minimum of four years. The education level required is according to Level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) or the second cycle for the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area.
Applicants for the title of European Geologist must demonstrate their professional experience through the application form, supporting documentation, a professional practice report and a professional interview. Applicants must demonstrate that they have obtained sufficient knowledge and experience, over a combined minimum total of eight years, to be able to work independently and to be capable of supervising others. An applicant who is only able to undertake routine activities or who requires extensive supervision would not meet the requirements for award of the title of European Geologist
Code of Ethics:
All European Geologists are required to abide by the Code of Conduct established by the European Federation of Geologists. In case of allegations made against a European Geologist for breach of the Code of Ethics a complaint shall be submitted to the Secretary General who will collaborate with the Registration Authority to establish an Investigation Panel in order to evaluate the complaint.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
CPD is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout a practitioner’s working life. CPD aims to keep professionals up to date in their existing areas of expertise. CPD addresses the pace of technological change in the geosciences, as well as the danger of skills obsolescence and over-specialisation. To keep up-to-date the European Geologists are required to present annual CPD records. EFG has developed an electronic tool supporting the EurGeols in the completion of their CPD records and the LBs in the audit of these reports.
An applicant for the EurGeol title is required to demonstrate an:
- Ability to understand the complexities of geology and of geological processes in space and time in relation to their speciality.
- Ability to use geoscience information to generate predictive models.
- Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.
- Understanding of the meaning and needs of professionalism.
- Awareness of Health and Safety and other statutory obligations applicable to their area of work.
- Knowledge and understanding of the Code of Conduct.
- Appreciation of the role of Continuing Professional Development after validation.