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Act 53 of 2020 impacts professional licensure in Pennsylvania 

Posted 10 July 2020: Professionals that may have previously been denied licensure due to criminal history will now be permitted to have their application considered by the respective boards. Senate Bill 637 (PN 1815), signed by the Governor on July 1 as Act 53 of 2020, requires occupational licensure boards and commissions to apply one common set of rules when considering whether to deny, suspend, or revoke a license on the basis of a criminal conviction.

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Wolf Administration Announces Final PFAS Statewide Sampling Results

Posted June 25, 2021:  Following an executive order in 2018, 493 public water systems located within a half mile of identified PFAS contamination sites were sampled as per EPA methods at accredited laboratories. Highlights of the samples results are given as well as a download link to full results.

Martin Helmke Appointed Member of the State Board of Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Posted June 23, 2021:  Martin Helmke, PhD, P.G., has been appointed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Board of ​Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists – the body that regulates the licensing of professional geologists – filling the vacancy left by former board member Ted Tesler, P.G., and joining Joe McNally, P.G., as the only geologists on the board. Martin has been a PCPG board member since 2014 and served as President in 2019. He has a diverse background in geology, is a full professor at West Chester University and also works as a hydrogeologist specializing in contaminant issues. We are all fortunate to have Martin on the board advocating on behalf of our professions.

2021 PG Exam Review Course 

Posted June 23, 2021: PCPG's annual PG Review Course for the Practicing Geologist & ASBOG® Exam Candidate seminar is scheduled in webinar format Monday and Wednesday evenings 6 to 8:30 pm, July 26 through August 11, 2021.  The course, taught by our experienced team of ten industry experts, is designed both for those planning to sit for the ASBOG® exam and seasoned professionals wishing to review geology fundamentals. Attendees may enroll in the entire 6-webinar package (18 PDHs) or individual sessions of interest. View all sessions in the 6-webinar package, or visit PCPG's Courses and Events page to identify individual webinar sessions.

Virtual PCPG Annual Meeting held 14 April

Posted April 26, 2021: This year PCPG’s Annual Meeting was held virtually on April 14 with over 150 people attending. The meeting had a fast-paced agenda of very diverse presentations. View the summary presentation about PCPGs accomplishments during 2020 and a look at our organization’s goals for 2021 by downloading the PCPG 2021 Annual Meeting Report. Our upcoming quarterly newsletter will have an article on the meeting with more details on the full program.

ASBOG® Exam Dates

October 1, 2021 (Application deadline 6/15/21)
March 18, 2022 (Application deadline 11/15/21)
October 7, 2022 (Application deadline 6/15/22)

More information is available by visiting the ASBOG® web site.


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