The purpose of professional licensing is to ensure a minimum level of competency for practitioners in a given field in order to protect the public. Having a license to practice geology is a requirement in the majority of United States, Canada and several other countries. In contrast to other professions, a disconnect has developed between applied geologists and academia. Professional licensing requirements are a fact of life for applied geologists.
This course provides insight into the professional and technical writing skills that are needed by geoscience students pursuing careers in state government agencies. Speakers explore the skills that are developed during students’ undergraduate and graduate academic training, discuss the types of written products that are developed by geoscientists in state agencies, and provide tips for improving and expanding writing skills.
Laurie Racca, PG 6980, Senior Registrar, Geology and Geophysics, California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Laurie Racca is a licensed Professional Geologist with 25+ years of experience specializing in complex environmental site investigations and leading multidisciplinary teams. Her experience includes working in private environmental and geotechnical consulting, providing regulatory agency oversight large military and civilian environmental cleanups for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and investigating fraud, waste and abuse as part of the Office of Enforcement at the California State Water Resources Control Board. She was appointed as the Senior Registrar for Geologists and Geophysicists by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) in June 2015. She also volunteers as the Examination Committee Chair for the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®).