What are the requirements for registration as a geologist in Tennessee?

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Per TCA 62-36-109 (a) To be eligible for a certificate of licensure, an applicant shall meet each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited college or university. The applicant shall have successfully completed a minimum of thirty (30) semester or forty-five (45) quarter hours of course work in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, engineering geology or their subdivisions.
  2. Have at least five (5) years of geological education and professional experience. Any combination of the following kinds of education and experience qualify toward accumulating the required five (5) years:
    • Each year of graduate study shall count as one (1) year of experience; provided, that credit for graduate study or graduate courses, shall in no case exceed a total of two (2) years toward meeting the five-year requirement of this subdivision (a)(3);
    • Each year of teaching or geological research by persons teaching upper-level geology courses at the college or university levels; provided, that the teaching or research can be demonstrated to be of a sufficiently responsible nature to be equivalent to a year of professional experience; and
    • The geologic ability of an applicant shall be demonstrated by the applicant performing professional geologic work in a responsible position as determined by the department. The adequacy of the required supervision and experience shall be determined by the department in accordance with rules promulgated by the department.
  1. Have successfully passed any examination developed or determined by the department to assess adequately the knowledge and skills that are common to the competent practice of geology as a profession. 
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