Advantages of Certification
Credibility in the form of employer/client recognition because your professional peer group attests to your abilities as a geologist.
DPA works with other professional organizations on state registration.
Increase of Improved Skills
Through participation in pertinent seminars, short courses and professional publications.
A Stronger Voice
A voice in both industry and government affairs through the established committees within the DPA such as the Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) and its Instant Response Committee and its Government Liaison Subcommittee.
Read testimony shared by leadership of AAPG as they have been invited by Congress to give witness.
The GAC prepares official AAPG Statements which are then approved by the DPA President, and the AAPG Executive Committee.
Your name and short biography will be included in this online directory.
Use of Seal or Stamp
Your unique certification number will lend credibility to your evaluations.
What is Board Certification and why is it important?
Over the past decade, there has been considerable discussion among the DPA leadership concerning whether or not the DPA, like many of the other certification programs, should require some sort of continuing education or professional development to help raise the standard of certification.
A special committee was formed to develop a Board Certified membership level. This is a voluntary category of membership that recognizes those members that maintain their continuing education.
The requirements for certification (Article III. Section 6) at the Board Certified level are:
- Active member of the Division for a period of five years;
- Completion of a minimum of 20 professional development hours per year per the guidelines set forth by the Division’s Board of Certification;
- Annual affirmation to the Board of Certification of adherence to the AAPG's Code of Ethics.
Professional Development Hours (PDH) shall be considered that period of time during which the member is engaged in activities directly related to the transference of skills or knowledge as set forth in these guidelines above.
It is the vision of the DPA to develop reciprocity agreements with all states which have registration.
Irrespective of whether or not we successfully negotiate reciprocity arrangements with any state, the title Board Certified Petroleum Geologist will increase the prestige of those who have taken the time to earn it.