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Membership Information & Benefits

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG or the Institute), founded in 1963, is the largest association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. It presently has more than 7,800 members in the U.S. and abroad, organized into 36 regional Sections. 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 emphasizes competence, integrity and ethics. AIPG is an advocate for the profession and communicates regularly to federal and state legislators and agencies on matters pertaining to the geosciences.

AIPG is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose policies are determined by its Executive Committee.

Membership is handled through the National AIPG office in Colorado.  When you join, you choose your Section and the national office sends your basic information to us in Minnesota.  We will then contact you with your Minnesota Section website login information.  There are many benefits of being a member of AIPG!

 

What Membership in AIPG can do for you in...

Consulting: An AIPG Member may be more successful in attaining state registrations or licenses. In some states, a registered/licensed or certified geologist must be included in a proposal responding to a state solicitation for geological services. Certification as a professional geologist demonstrates high-level professionalism to prospective clients.

Education: Many geologists who are teaching at colleges and universities do part-time consulting in their specialty areas. They benefit from membership through association with other practicing professionals, AIPG services and publications, and the Institute's promotion of professionals standards of conduct. Other geology teachers find membership in AIPG important in guiding and educating their students, many of whom will become practicing professional geologists. All geology teachers benefit from AIPG's activities that enhance the science and profession of geology.

Government: AIPG Members in government agencies can:  Arrange for testimony by AIPG geologists before state, county, or local government bodies on proposed bills or regulations having geologic aspects. Prepare testimony or reports on legislation or regulations dealing with geologic topics for governmental agencies. Identify qualified geologists for specific assignments, assuring quality performance.

Industry: For over half a century major companies and major consulting firms have established entry level standards for geologists. AIPG documents similar requirements for its members, and also addresses the experience and enforces the ethical obligations of geologists. This is important to smaller companies without geological staff and even large companies and clients whose familiarity with geological problems is limited. Companies find AIPG Certification useful in evaluating the competence and integrity of geologists they seek to employ.

 

Member Benefits of the Minnesota Section

Continuing Education/Professional Development: Technical talks are held monthly, September through May, generally the first Tuesday of the month. The talks are designed to fulfill the requirements of 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) – Professional Geologists, as licensed in the State of Minnesota, are required to complete 24 PDHs every biennium licensing period, including 2 PDHs of ethics.  Talks feature important subjects of interest to professional geologists. Members and non-members are welcome to attend by registering online.

Licensing:The Minnesota Section tracks proposed changes to licensure of Professional Geologists and forwards that information on to our members.

Networking: Networking opportunities at luncheons, student/professional socials, spring social, and the golf scramble fundraiser.

Employment: Local job listings/classifieds on website and via email. Free resume reviews for students!

Resources: Various resources and announcements for professionals and students are available on our Minnesota Section website.

 

Additional AIPG Member Benefits at the National Level

AIPG Publications: AIPG members receive a discount on AIPG Publications in the online store (insert http://aipg.org/publicationslist).

Continuing Education/Professional Development Opportunities: Through publications, seminars, short courses, and field trips, AIPG 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.

Employment & Resume Posting: National job listings/classifieds on website (insert: https://aipg-jobs.careerwebsite.com/). Free resume reviews!

Forestry Suppliers Discount: AIPG members receive a 7% discount on Forestry Supplies orders.

Insurance Programs: Provides access to liability insurance for errors and omissions, designed specifically for geologists. AIPG also provides access to a full line of supplemental, life, and accident insurance.

International Reciprocity & Contacts: Through agreements with professional societies in other countries, AIPG provides access for its members to professional registration, certification, or chartered status in those countries.

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) – AIPG CPG members may apply for membership with the AAPG, which carries the certification of a Petroleum Geologist.

  • European Federation of Geologists (EFG) – AIPG CPG members may apply for membership with the EFC, which carries the professional title of a European Geologist (EurGeol) in 21 nations. The EurGeol title is recognized by the Committee for Mineral Reserved International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO) and the Pan-European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee (PERC).

  • Geological Society of London (GSL) – AIPG CPG members may apply for Fellowship and validation as a Chattered Geologist with the GSL.

  • Australian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) – AIPG CPG members are recognized as Competent Persons by the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) through their Recognized Overseas Professional Organizations (ROPO) procedure. A Competent Person may prepare reports on Exploration Results, Mineral Resources, and Ore Reserves for submission to the ASX.

  • Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG) – AIPG and CCPG have a Cooperation Agreement to promote cooperation between the two groups, recognize common standards, and encourage communication. Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.) register with each individual province/territory.

  • The Institute of Geologist of Ireland (IGI) – AIPG CPG members may apply to the IGI without the need for sponsors.  Membership with IGI carries the professional title of a Professional Geologist (P.Geo.).

  • Qualified Person (QP) in Canada – AIPG CPG members are recognized as Qualified Persons by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) as National Instrument 43-101, the Canadian rules for reporting mineral resources and ore reserves. All reports containing estimates of mineral resources and reserves must be prepared or under the supervision of a Qualified Person, who, by being named as such, accepts personal liability for the professional quality of the report and underlying work.

 

Newsletter: AIPG members receive a weekly e-newsletter containing AIPG news and geoscience news.

Networking: AIPG members may network online on the National Facebook page and LinkedIn Page.  AIPG members may network in person at the annual conference and other national events. AIPG members may also network by utilizing the membership directory.

Ombudsman: AIPG 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.

Online Courses/GOLI for Professional Development: AIPG, in cooperation with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), formed the Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI). GOLI provides live and on-demand webinars for continuing education opportunities.  Many GOLI courses are free or reduced cost for AIPG members.  Courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through AIPG if an official CEU certificate is needed for your professional licensure.

Other Certification: AIPG CPG members are considered certified geologists in the State of Alaska and AIPG CPG members are considered Certified Professionals for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Underground Storage Tank program.

Public Affairs and Lobbying Opportunities: AIPG 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.

Publishing Opportunities: AIPG members are encourages to publish articles in The Professional Geologist, published quarterly.

Rental Car Discounts: AIPG members receive up to 10% off Alamo car rentals; complementary Preferred Service enrollment and discounts on car rentals and GPS units with AVIS; and complimentary Fastbreak Service enrollment and discounts on car rentals and GPS units with Budget.

Shipping: AIPG members receive up to 28% off UPS shipping services through this link (insert http://www.savewithups.com/aipg/).

The Professional Geologist (TPG): AIPG member receive AIPGs quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist.

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Professional Certification

AIPG certifies professional geologists based on their competence, integrity and ethics. By means of a rigorous and thorough peer review process, AIPG investigates applicants who voluntarily apply for self-regulation through the AIPG. This screening carefully evaluates their education, experience, technical competence, and ethical conduct.

 

Certified Professional Geologists

Applicants for certification have a bachelor's degree or higher in the geological sciences with a minimum of 36 semester hours of geology plus eight years of professional geological work experience.

 

Types of membership & requirements

This information is also available on the National AIPG website!

Certified Professional Geologist (CPG)

  • Applicants for certification have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the geological sciences with a minimum of 36 semester hours of geology plus 8 years of professional geological work experience. Applicants with a master’s degree need only 7 years of experience and PhD’s need only 5 years.

  • EDUCATION: 36 semester or 54 quarter hours in geological sciences with a baccalaureate or higher degree; certified copy of official transcripts must be sent by each college or university

  • EXPERIENCE: 8 years beyond bachelor's degree, or 7 years beyond master's degree, or 5 years beyond doctorate

  • SPONSORS: 3 required from professional geologists, 2 of whom must be CPG's (see Section 2.3.1 of the Bylaws for exceptions)

  • SCREENING: Section and National

  • APPLICATION FEE: $50 (to upgrade from Registered Member or Member to CPG, the fee is $35)

  • ANNUAL DUES: $170 plus Section dues; both prorated for remainder of year when accepted.

 

Professional Member

  • Geologists who do not yet meet the education and experience requirements for CPG or do not see a need for certification by the institute may apply to become a Professional Member. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the geological sciences with at least 30 semester hours of geology.

  • EDUCATION: 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in geological sciences* with a baccalaureate or higher degree.

  • EXPERIENCE: No proof required

  • SCREENING: None required

  • SIGN-UP AMOUNT: If you apply Dec-Mar= $130; Apr-Jun= $97.50; Jul-Sept= $65; Oct- Nov= $32.50 (This amount covers the first calendar year of your membership.)

  • ANNUAL DUES: $130 plus Section dues

  • ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

 

Young Professional Member

  • Geologists who do not yet meet the education and experience requirements for CPG may apply to become a Young Professional Member. Applicants must apply during first five years upon earning a baccalaureate, masters, or doctorate.

  • EDUCATION: 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in geological sciences with a baccalaureate or higher degree.

  • EXPERIENCE: Must apply during first five years upon earning a baccalaureate, masters, or doctorate.

  • SCREENING: None required

  • SIGN-UP AMOUNT: FREE the first calendar year of signing up for your membership.

  • ANNUAL DUES: $65

  • ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

 

Student Member

  • EDUCATION: Student Members shall be currently enrolled majors in a geoscience program at a college, university, or similar institution.

  • EXPERIENCE: No proof required

  • SCREENING: Headquarters can approve

  • ANNUAL DUES: $0

  • GRADUATION DATE: Anticipated date of graduation is required.

  • ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

 

Associate Member

  • EDUCATION: No proof required

  • EXPERIENCE: No proof required

  • SPONSORS: None required

  • SCREENING: Headquarters can approve

  • APPLICATION FEE: None

  • SIGN-UP AMOUNT: If you apply December - June = $65; July - November = $32.50 (This amount covers the first calendar year of your membership.)

  • ANNUAL DUES: $65

  • ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

 

Joining AIPG

National has streamlined the application process. This link is to National AIPG which describes the requirements, with links to download the appropriate forms. Join online or send your completed paper application to the address below:

American Institute of Professional Geologists
1333 West 120th Avenue, Suite 211
Westminster, CO 80234-2710
(303) 412-6205