Or. Admin. R. 809-030-0020 - Qualifications for Engineering Geologist Examination and Certification as an Engineering Geologist

(1) To qualify to take the engineering geologist examination, the candidate must:
(a) Be registered as a geologist with the Board, and;.
(b) Meet one of the following work experience requirements:
(A) Standard Supervision Pathway: Completed a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience under the direct supervision of Oregon, California, or Washington Certified Engineering Geologists (CEGs) or engineering geologists who, in the determination of the Board, were providing substantially equivalent supervision in responsible charge.
(B) Responsible Charge Pathway: Completed a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in responsible charge of engineering geological projects while working as an engineering geologist in a jurisdiction other than in Oregon in compliance with the laws of that jurisdiction or working as an engineering geologist in Oregon in a manner exempt from Board certification under ORS 672.535(1) or (2).
(C) Combined Experience Pathway: Completed a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience from any combination of work experience under (A) and (B) of this subsection.
(D) Alternative Experience and Education Pathway: Completed a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience plus education in engineering geology as follows:
(i) Work experience was gained under the direct supervision of non-CEG supervisors approved by the Board under OAR 809-030-0022; or
(ii) Work experience was gained under a combination of experience as described in (i) and under the direct supervision of CEG or other engineering geologist supervisors meeting the requirements under the Standard Supervision Pathway described in (1)(b)(A) of this rule. For a combination of work experience, the Board will credit work experience using the following formula: 1 year under a CEG or other engineering geologist supervisor multiplied by 1.67 equals 1 year under a non-CEG supervisor approved by the Board. This formula is based on 3 years of work experience under a CEG or other engineering geologist supervisor being equivalent to 5 years of work experience under a non-CEG supervisor approved by the Board.
(iii) Education required is a minimum of 12 quarter hours (8 semester hours) of qualifying coursework in engineering geology topics as presented in the candidate's official transcript and accepted by the Board. Qualifying coursework in engineering geology topics that was used to qualify for geologist registration with the Board may be used to meet this education requirement. Qualifying coursework in engineering geology must have been in a topic from the following list or other engineering geology coursework substitutions approved by the Board:
(I) Applied Remote Sensing;
(II) Earthquake Engineering;
(III) Engineering Geology;
(IV) Engineering Geology Thesis;
(V) Foundation Engineering;
(VI) Geomorphology;
(VII) Geophysics;
(VIII) Geotechnical Engineering;
(IX) Geotechnics;
(X) Mechanics of Materials;
(XI) Site Investigation;
(XII) Slope Stability/Landslides
(XIII) Soil Mechanics;
(XIV) Statics;
(iv) The Board delegates to the Board application review coordinator the authority to approve engineering geology coursework substitutions under (1)(b)(D)(iii) of this rule.
(c) For all work experience pathways described in (1)(b) of this rule, the candidate may use engineering geology work experience used to qualify for geologist registration with the Board to meet the work experience requirements.
(2) To qualify for certification as an engineering geologist, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
(a) Be actively registrated as geologist and in good standing with the Board;
(b) Passed a certification examination in engineering geology approved by the Board as per OAR 809-040-0008;
(c) Completed the work experience required under one of the pathways described in subsection (1)(b) of this rule;
(d) Submitted a complete application on forms provided by the Board; and
(e) Submitted applicable fees as per OAR 809-010-0001.

Notes

Or. Admin. R. 809-030-0020
GE 1-1984, f. & ef. 2-1-84; BGE 1-2012, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-12; BGE 1-2021, amend filed 03/09/2021, effective 3/10/2021

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 670.310, ORS 672.555, 672.565, 672.585, 672.595 & 672.575

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 672.555, 672.565 & 672.575

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