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    • January 22, 2019
    • 1:00 PM

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    One-hour complimentary webinar.  Continuing education certificates will not be awarded.


    Martin F. Helmke, Ph.D., P.G. (West Chester University)

    President-Elect, PCPG

    The path to earning the Professional Geologist license or Geologist In Training certificate may appear confusing to those unfamiliar with Pennsylvania’s licensing process.  This webinar will review the complete workflow from assembling application materials, constructing a successful amplified record, submitting the application through the online PALs system, to registering for and taking the ASBOG exam(s).

    High points:
    This webinar will thoroughly explain the process of applying for and earning the PG license or GIT certificate in Pennsylvania.  A flow chart and timeline will be provided to help candidates meet application deadlines.  Strategies for documenting educational requirements, providing a robust amplified record, and assembling professional references will be covered.  The various agencies, organizations, and systems involved in the licensing process (e.g., PCPG, DOS, Licensing Board, ASBOG, PALs, Pearson VUE) will be reviewed to help applicants understand who reviews their materials.  Finally, a list of resources will be provided to assist applicants as questions arise.

    Who Should Attend:
    Senior geology students, recent graduates, or experienced geologic professionals who are seeking the PG license or GIT certificate should take this course participate in this webinar.  We also welcome educators, a broad range of scientists, environmental professionals, engineers, and other professionals who would like to learn more about who may qualify for professional geologist licensure in Pennsylvania.

    Anticipated Outcome(s):
    After this webinar, attendees should be prepared to construct and submit a successful application to sit for the exams to earn the GIT certificate or PG license in Pennsylvania.
    Martin F. Helmke, Ph.D., P.G. (West Chester University) – Dr. Martin Helmke is President Elect of PCPG, a Full Professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and President of Helmke Hydrogeologic, LLC.  Dr. Helmke holds a PhD in Geology and Water Resources from Iowa State University and is a PA Licensed P.G. by ASBOG.  He teaches courses in Hydrogeology, Groundwater Modeling, Field Geology, Physical Geology, and Soils at WCU.  Dr. Helmke’s research interests include groundwater modeling; contaminant fate, transport, and remediation in fractured media; hydrogeology of mines, pipelines, landfills, quarries, and other infrastructure; emergency response to geologic disasters; and the application of drones to geology.  He has 30 years experience working as a hydrogeologist and educator for academic institutions, government agencies, and consulting firms across the US.


    • February 07, 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • February 08, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry, 2000 Garden View Lane, Cranberry Twp., PA
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    Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry
    2000 Garden View Lane     DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Township, PA 16066

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    Day One: Thursday, February 7
    • General & Field Geology
    • Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry
    • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology
    • Structure, Tectonics, and Geomorphology

    Day Two: Friday, February 8
    • Seismology, Exploration Geophysics, Well Logging
    • Hydrogeology
    • Engineering Geology
    • Economic Geology and Energy Resources
    • About the ASBOG Test (Self-guided. Material included in the Day Two booklet.)

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    Our instructors arrive wholly focused on your learning experience, and remain available via Email and telephone to answer questions after your return to the office.

    2-Day Format and Mock Tests
    Mock tests are a component of the seminar.

    PCPG Review Course Participant / Future ASBOG Exam Candidates:
    The components of this seminar are aligned with the general subject areas contained in the ASBOG Geologist Examinations.  However, the course is not intended as a sole-source for your test preparation.  It is instead a proven resource and guide for your further preparation efforts.  As such, the course provides a concentrated review and a general refresher for the practicing, Professional Geologist.
         During this seminar about one hour is devoted to review a full-semester, college course.  Day Two will include access to material about ASBOG and the examinations, including test blueprints that are in the public domain.  The seminar is not intended as a "How to take the Test" review.  Seminar registrants take this course 6 to 12 months from their intended exam date with the understanding that significant, additional preparation will be needed prior to sitting for their examination.
         We are certain that you will find the provided information helpful to your preparation, enabling you to better succeed in the ASBOG Examinations.

    Hotel Accommodations
    Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry:  $109++ for the nights of February 6, February 7, or February 8.  Make your room reservation by phoning Hilton Garden Inn reservations at (724) 779-9999 and asking for the "PCPG" or PA Council of Professional Geologists group rate. Group rate expires January 16.
    • March 06, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Harrisburg Hershey (Grantville), 604 Station Road, Grantville, PA
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    Holiday Inn Harrisburg Hershey
    604 Station Road (Off Route 81)
    Grantville, PA 17028     DIRECTIONS

    11:30-6:00 PM

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    Due to planning considerations, a $25 surcharge will be added to late or walk-in registrations. Please help us accommodate all and register prior to the event.

    Hotel Rooms: $109++ through 20 February.  Telephone Holiday Inn hotel by dialing (717)469-0661 and ask for the PA Council of Professional Geologists special rate of $109++.  Be sure you ask about the cancellation policy ahead of confirming your reservation.

    • June 14, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • On-boarding Cranberry Twp., Pennsylvania
    • 37
    Save the date. This field trip will have limited enrollment.

    The Last Ice Age in Western Pennsylvania: A Changing Climate as Seen in the Glacial Landscapes

    Professional Development
    Delaware and South Carolina:  60 mins. = 1 CEU
    Pennsylvania:  50 mins. = 1 PDH

    • September 30, 2019
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    During busy periods, certificate replacement may take 7-10 days.

    Questions? Contact Rose Jeffries by phoning (717) 730-9745.

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