256.468. 1. An applicant for certification as a registered geologist shall complete and sign a personal data form, prescribed and furnished by the board, and shall provide the appropriate application fee. The personal data of an individual shall be considered confidential information.
2. The applicant shall have graduated from a course of study satisfactory to the board and which includes at least thirty semester or forty-five quarter hours of credit in geology.
3. The applicant shall provide to the board a detailed summary of actual geologic work, documenting that the applicant meets the minimum requirements for registration as a geologist, including a demonstration that the applicant has at least three years of postbaccalaureate experience in the practice of geology.
4. Except as provided in this section, no applicant shall be certified unless he or she shall have passed an examination covering the fundamentals, principles and practices of geology prescribed or accepted by the board.
5. Any person, upon application to the board and demonstration that the person meets the requirements of subsections 1 and 2 of this section and has passed that portion of the professional examination covering the fundamentals of geology, shall be awarded the geologist-registrant in-training certificate. The geologist then may use the title "geologist-registrant in-training" subject to the limitations of sections 256.450 to 256.483.
6. The board shall deny registration to an applicant who fails to satisfy the requirements of this section. The board shall not issue a certificate of registration pending the disposition in this or another state of any complaint alleging a violation of this chapter or the laws, rules, regulations and code of professional conduct applicable to registered geologists and regulated geologic work of which violation the board has notice. An applicant who is denied registration shall be notified in writing within thirty days of the board's decision and the notice shall state the reason for denial of registration. Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the board on an application for registration may appeal that decision to the administrative hearing commission in the manner provided in section 621.120.
7. The board shall issue an appropriate certificate evidencing the issuance of the certificate of registration upon payment of the applicable registration fee to any applicant who has satisfactorily met all the requirements of this section for registration as a geologist. Such certificate shall show the full name of the registrant, shall have a serial number, and shall be dated and signed by an appropriate officer of the board under the seal of the board.
8. The certificate seal shall be prima facie evidence that the person named therein is entitled to all rights and privileges of a registered geologist under sections 256.450 to 256.483 and to practice geology as an individual, firm or corporation while such certificate remains unrevoked or unexpired.
9. The board may issue a certificate of registration to any individual who has made application and provided proof of certification of registration from another state nongovernmental or governmental organization, or country, approved by the board, provided that the registration or licensing requirements are substantially similar to the requirements of this section and the necessary fees have been paid. The board may require, by examination or other procedures, demonstration of competency pertaining to geologic conditions in Missouri.
10. The board shall reissue the certificate of registration of any registrant who, before the expiration date of the certificate and within a period of time and procedures established by the board, submits the required renewal application and fee.
11. The board, by rule, may establish conditions and fees for the reissuing of certificates of registration which have lapsed, expired, or have been suspended or revoked.
12. Registered geologists may purchase from the board, or other approved sources, a seal bearing the registered geologist's name, registration number, and the legend "Registered Geologist".
(L. 1994 S.B. 649, A.L. 1997 S.B. 320, A.L. 2005 S.B. 177)
Missouri General Assembly