Understanding Professional Geologist License Requirements: California 2019

This course focuses on the qualification requirements to get a Professional Geologist (PG) license in California and upcoming changes that applicants should understand. It will also provide an overview of the California laws and regulations that govern the practice of geology. Knowledge of California’s Geologist and Geophysicist Act along with the accompanying regulations is one of the responsibilities that is part of being a licensed professional.

Understanding Professional Geologist License Requirements: California 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

CEU Credits

To earn CEU credits, please complete the associated on-demand GOLI course that was developed from this webinar with a grade of 70% or higher and then submit your application for CEUs. CEUs are awarded from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. To view the full list of on-demand GOLI courses, please browse the GOLI course catalog.

Webinar Materials


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®).

Webinar Sponsors

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Geology Licensure in California: Understanding Professional Geologist License Requirements

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passes a series of disaster aid bills

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Several disaster aid bills, including the Post-Disaster Assistance Online Accountability Act (H.R. 1307), Disclosing Aid Spent to Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act (H.R. 1984), Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Act (H.R. 1306), and H.R. 1311, were introduced in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee beginning on February 15. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also approved the National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation fund, which will provide between $400 million and $600 million per year in grants for infrastructure investments in states that are most threatened by hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters.

Telling your Geoscience Story with Story Maps

Communicating results of geoscience investigations to a diverse set of audiences will grow in importance in our 21st century world. Story maps are web mapping applications that provide geoscientists with the ability to combine 2D and 3D maps, audio, video, photographs, and narrative that can be shared with research colleagues, or the general public, and embedded in web pages and online presentation tools. This course will quickly give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make your own maps for telling your own story.

Identifying and Reducing Landslide Risk

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Landslides are a hazard that affects every U.S. state and territory, causing at least $1 billion in damage and 25–50 deaths annually in the United States. They include mudslides and debris flows, rockfalls, and slope failures, and occur due to both natural and human causes. The impacts of landslides can include damaged property, blocked or destroyed roads and other infrastructure, dammed streams and rivers (increasing flood risk), habitat loss, and loss of life. They can also occur in conjunction with other natural hazards such as floods, tsunami, earthquakes, and volcanic activity. Assessing and monitoring landslide risk helps to guide decisions that can reduce human and infrastructural vulnerability.

In this webinar, experts in landslide characterization, mapping, and risk reduction discuss landslide impacts in the United States; landslide research and mapping at the federal, state, and local levels; funding mechanisms for landslide mapping; and strategies for engaging communities in landslide risk reduction.

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Additional Resources

Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about landslides.

Media Partners and Sponsors

Thank you to our media partners, the American Geophysical Union, Association of American State Geologists, Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, American Meteorological Society, Geological Society of America, International Association of Emergency Managers, National Association of State Boards of Geology, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, Seismological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

This webinar is generously sponsored by:



Identifying and Reducing Landslide Risk: Science to Reduce Landslide Risk

Lawmakers reintroduce bill to protect communities from landslides

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Lawmakers in both the House and Senate reintroduced legislation to improve research and coordination needed to help communities prepare for and respond to landslides. The bill, called the National Landslide Preparedness Act (S. 529/H.R. 1261), would create a unified national program run by USGS to better understand the risks and reduce losses from landslide hazards. It would also officially establish the 3D Elevation Program, managed by USGS in coordination with other federal agencies and nonfederal entities.


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