- WHAT IS THE EURGEOL PROFESSIONAL TITLE?
- WHY DO I NEED THE TITLE?
- WHO ISSUES THE TITLE?
- WHERE IS THE TITLE RECOGNISED?
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
- 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 the first step towards the 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.
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.
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 with self-disciplinary power such as the EFG.
- Have experience relevant to the service provided.
- Are up-to-date (annual CPD program).
Based on this, geoscientists fulfilling these requirements can qualify by self-declaration. For further details please 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.