- 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. This certification 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 and beyond 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 26 European countries. There are over 1400 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 by the EFG on its website.
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 with an additional level of knowledge 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 business 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.
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.
A professional geologist who is a member of a National Association, which is member of EFG, with not less than 9 years of training and experience may apply to a Licensed Body (LB) to be certified 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.
International practice increasingly requires that technical reports must be signed by Competent Persons who:
- Have appropriate qualifications of a minimum of 5 years in the specific field of geology.
- Are qualified by a relevant institution, a Recognised (Overseas) Professional Organisation (RPO, resp. ROPO), with self-disciplinary power such as the EFG.
- Have experience relevant to the type of deposit and the type of service provided.
- Are up-to-date (annual CPD program).
Based on this, geoscientists fulfilling these requirements can qualify as Competent Person below PERC (CRIRSCO). This status relies on self-certification and requires, besides the membership in a Recognized Professional Organisation (RPO), a professional experience of more than five years within a specific field of geoscience. Competent Persons are required to fill in a consent statement while preparing professional reports. Full information is available in the PERC standard 2017. For further details please also see www.percstandard.eu.
What do I need to demostrate?
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.