Continuing Professional Development: Social competences and ethics requirements


Since 2019, European Geologist title holders are required to follow Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in the areas of social responsibility and ethics. This review of EFG’s CPD regulation was based on discussions with overseas fraternal organisations during which the need for training in both areas was explicitly recognised.

Whereas social responsibility training may cover topics such as first aid, fire protection or mine rescue, the ethics requirement involves courses on ethical conduct and how to comply with this obligation at a professional level.

To support you in your search for relevant courses, we have compiled a list of suggested online resources where training material on both topics is available. Most of these are free resources:

American Geosciences Institute (AGI): 

American Geosciences Institute (AGI) – the GOLI initiative:


Geo-Institute of ASCE: 

Geological Society of London: 

GfGD – Geology for Global Development: open-access module on ‘Geoscience and Sustainable Development’:


International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

PDAC – e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration:

Responsible Raw Materials Conference:

SPIRE events: Mining and energy virtual courses:

Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists – Ethics video:


World Gold Council – “Gold Mining’s Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals”:


In case you are aware of any additional resources which could be useful to fellow geologists, feel free to reach out at

For more information, we also invite you to read the EFG Code of Ethics.