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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.

 

Certified Professional Geologists

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.

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