PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
54-2802. Definitions. (1) Within the intent of this chapter, it is recognized that "geology" is a fundamental science dealing with the physical earth, the organisms, materials and structures composing the earth, the physical forces affecting the earth, and the utilization of the knowledge of the earth and its constituent rocks, minerals, liquids, gases and other materials insofar as these factors may influence the safety and public welfare.
The terms, "geology and professional geology," within the intent of this chapter, shall include any professional service such as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, and mapping, or responsible supervision of such activities in connection with any public or private project, as governed by the principles of geology, wherein the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health, or property is concerned or involved, when such service is rendered in a professional capacity and requires the application of geologic principles and data.
A person shall be construed to practice or offer to practice geology, within the meaning and intent of this chapter, who practices any branch of the profession of geology; or who by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card, or in any other way represents himself to be a geologist, or through the use of some other title implies that he is a geologist or that he is registered under this chapter; or who holds himself out as able to perform, or who does perform any geological services or work recognized as geology.
Further, within the intent of this chapter, it is recognized that the information derived from geological studies may be utilized in various associated fields or sciences concerned with the safety and public welfare.
Registration under this chapter, however, does not qualify the registrant to practice professionally in any field or science other than geology.
(2) The term "geologist," within the intent of this chapter, shall mean a person who is qualified by reason of his knowledge of principles of geology, the physical sciences, and mathematics acquired by education and practical experience, to engage in the practice of professional geology.
(3) The term "professional geologist," as used in this chapter, shall mean a person who has been duly registered by the state board of registration for professional geologists.
(4) The term "board" as used in this chapter shall mean the state board of registration for professional geologists, hereinafter provided by this chapter.
[54-2802, added 1971, ch. 137, sec. 2, p. 576; am. 2002, ch. 266, sec. 1, p. 789.]