About Us

We are the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).

What is AIPG?

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963, and is the only national organization representing and promoting the political, ethical, and professional interests of geologists. AIPG currently has more than 5,000 members, and is organized into Regional Sections. AIPG remains dedicated to communicating to the public and to it's representatives the importance to society of the profession of geology. The Institute promotes ethical conduct and seeks to protect the public and the geological sciences from unprofessional practice. The Institute adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and is the only international organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of geological scientists in all branches of the science with members employed in industry, government, and academia.

AIPG is a nonprofit organization whose policies are determined by its Executive Committee.

AIPG Purposes

  • The advancement of the geological sciences and the profession of geology;
  • The establishment of qualifications for professional geologists;
  • The certification of the qualifications of individual Member geologists to the public;
  • The promotion of high standards of ethical conduct among its Members, Affiliates, and within the profession of geology.

What AIPG does . . .

Professional Certification - Certifies geologists based on their Competence, Integrity, and Ethics. Classifications include Certified Professional Geologist, Retired, Honorary Emeritus Member, Affiliated Professional, Candidate for Certification, and Student.

Ombudsman - Intervenes with regulatory boards and agencies on behalf of individual geologists, at the geologist's request. Information also is disseminated in cooperation with the Association of State Boards of Geologists.

Lobbying - Presents testimony and position papers to Federal and State legislators and agencies on matters affecting geologists and geologists' employment opportunities. Exhibits at the National Conference of State Legislators.

Job Bank - Provides access to an employment referral service.

Publications - Publishes a monthly magazine, an annual directory, and a variety of publications for both the profession and the general public.

Liability Insurance - Provides access to insurance for errors and omissions, designed specifically for geologists.

Continuing Education - Through publications, seminars, short courses, and field trips, provides educational opportunities for geologists, other scientists, engineers, and the general public. The American Institute of Professional Geologists, in cooperation with the Colorado School of Mines, presents the Management Development Program for Geologists and Related Professionals. This program is specifically structured for geologists and other scientific and engineering professionals.

Health, Life, and Accident Insurance - Provides access to a full line of health, life, and accident insurance.

International Comity - Through agreements with professional societies in other countries, provides access for its Members to professional registration, certification, or chartered status in those countries.

State and Section Activities - State and regional sections work on local political issues and the professional status of geologists in their geographic areas. The Institute's sections around the country hold regular meetings, featuring educational programs covering important subjects of interest to professional geologists. One of the most worthwhile benefits of AIPG Membership is the opportunity to make personal contact at the local and State level; to meet fellow geologists; and to learn from them.