• Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists

    The Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists is composed of three professional soil scientists, three wetland delineators, three geologists, two citizen members, and the State Geologist.

    Licensing Section  (804) 367-8506
    Board Office  (804) 367-8514
    FAX  (866) 465-6206
    Email 

    BPSSandWP@dpor.virginia.gov
    Geology@dpor.virginia.gov 

  • Forms & Applications

    Professional Soil Scientists| Wetland Delineators | Geologists 


    Applicants must read and understand the Board Regulations.

    DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.
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    Application fees are not refundable.


    Professional Soil Scientists

    Wetland Delineators

    Geologists

    Meetings & Minutes

    Sign up for email notification of regulatory action and meetings by registering here.

    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=15&display=meetings 

    Education & Exams

    Soil Scientists and Wetland Delineators Exam | Geologist Exam 

    Soil Scientists and Wetland Delineators

    Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the exam. 

      SOIL SCIENTISTS  WETLAND DELINEATORS 
    Exam Administrator  DPOR Examinations Section DPOR Examinations Section
    Frequency and Dates of Exams  Twice a year.
    February 7, 2014
    August 1, 2014
    Twice a year.
    February 14, 2014
    August 8, 2014
    Application and Fee Deadlines  One month prior to exam date.
    January 7, 2014 (for February exam)
    July 4, 2014 (for August exam) 
    One month prior to exam date.
    January 14, 2014 (for February exam)
    July 8, 2014 (for August exam) 
    Application Fee  $90 application fee $90 application fee
    ExamFees  First-time applicants:
    $150 exam fee (covers both parts)
    Re-exam candidates:
    $75 exam fee for each part separately
    $150 exam fee
    Exam Location  Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    Perimeter Center, Suite 400
    9960 Mayland Drive
    Richmond, VA 23233
    Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    Perimeter Center, Suite 400
    9960 Mayland Drive
    Richmond, VA 23233
    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration? 

    Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF)  

    Only applicants approved by the Board should contact the DPOR Examinations Section at (804) 367-8569 or exams@dpor.virginia.gov.  

    Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF)  

    Only applicants approved by the Board should contact the DPOR Examinations Section at (804) 367-8569 or exams@dpor.virginia.gov. 

    Other Questions?  For application information, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8506. For application information, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8506.

    Geologists

    The Virginia Board uses the national examination developed by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG).
    Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the exam. 

    Exam Administrator   PSI
    (800) 733-9267
    comments@psiexams.com 
    Frequency and Dates of Exams  Twice a year.
    March 7, 2014 (registration deadline: Jan. 17)
    October 10, 2014 (registration deadline: Aug. 22) 
    Deadline for Application   No application deadline.
    Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis.
    Exam Fees (payable to PCS)  $290 Practice of Geology
    $190 Fundamentals of Geology
    Exam Locations  Falls Church
    Richmond
    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?   See Candidate Information Bulletin
    Only applicants approved by the Board should contact PSI for scheduling at
    (800) 733-9267 or comments@psiexams.com.
    Other Questions?  DPOR Examinations Section
    (804) 367-8569 or exams@dpor.virginia.gov
    To check on application status, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8506.

    News & Publications

    Sign up for email notification of regulatory action and meetings by registering here.

    Board News

    • Visit the Board Newsletters page and choose the "Earth Sciences Newsletter" tab to view issues from the current Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists, as well as from the former Board for Geology.
    • Information about VDH Stakeholder Facilitation (SHIFT): Overview, meetings, and documents related to transition and private-sector participation in onsite sewage program administration and oversight. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I contact the Board office? 
    2. When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 
    3. I am certified or licensed in another state and wish to get certified in Virginia. Can I apply through reciprocity? 
    4. I am certified in Virginia. I am applying for certification or licensure in another state, and they are requesting verification of my Virginia certification. What do I need to do? 
    5. I need to renew my certification, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do? 
    6. My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee? 
    7. I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my certificate? 
    8. Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time? 
    9. My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board? 

    How do I contact the Board office?

    You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-8506 (Licensing Section), 804-367-8514 (Board Office), by FAX at (866) 465-6206, or by e-mail at BPSSandWP@dpor.virginia.gov or Geology@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
    Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals and Geologists
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?

    No. The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.

    Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    I am certified or licensed in another state and wish to get certified in Virginia. Can I apply through reciprocity?

    Yes. Refer to the Board Regulations for more information.

    I am certified in Virginia. I am applying for certification or licensure in another state, and they are requesting verification of my Virginia certification. What do I need to do?

    Mail a check for $35.00 made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, along with a completed Certification Request Form (PDF). Please specify whether the certification should be sent to you or directly to the other state board.

    I need to renew my certification, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do?

    Send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your certificate number on your check. Mail this information to:
    Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists
    Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    You CANNOT represent yourself as a Virginia certified professional if you are not currently certified by the Board.

    My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee?

    No. Board regulations allow a 30-day grace period in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee.

    Regulations state that if the requirements for renewal, including receipt of the fee by the board, are not complete within 30 days of the expiration date, a reinstatement fee is required.

    I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my certificate?

    Yes. Regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the certificate holder of the obligation to renew.

    Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time?

    The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee.

    My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board?

    Complete, print, sign, and submit a Name/Address Change Form to the Board office. All address changes must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.

    Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists

    Board Executive Director

    Kathleen (Kate) R. Nosbisch

    Board Administrator

    Marian Brooks

    Board Member Roster

    J. Meade R. Anderson
    Richmond
    Second four-year term ends August 31, 2013
    Certified Geologist 
    Dr. Robert Bolling Atkinson
    Newport News
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2013
    Wetland Professional | Teaching & Research  
    Nancy Barker
    Williamsburg
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2012
    Wetland Professional | Delineation & Description 
    Douglas S. Davis | Board Vice-Chair
    Virginia Beach
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Wetland Professional | Natural Resource Regulations 
    Warren "Ted" Dean | Board Chair
    Christiansburg
    First four-year term ends August 31, 2014
    Certified Geologist 
    Angie M. Hall
    Radford
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Citizen Member 
    Junzhe James Liu
    Sterling
    First four-year term ends August 31, 2015
    Citizen Member 
    Charles E. Nelson
    Christiansburg
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2013
    Professional Soil Scientist | Soil Suitability and Land Use 
    Robin E. Reed
    Blacksburg
    Second four-year term ends August 31, 2012
    Certified Geologist 
    Tom Saxton
    Appomattox
    Unexpired term ends June 30, 2012
    Professional Soil Scientist | Environmental Protection Regulations 
    David Spears (ex officio)
    Charlottesville
    State Geologist 
    Katherine S. White
    Alexandria
    Second four-year term ends August 31, 2012
    Citizen Member 
    Angela C. Whitehead
    Williamsburg
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2012
    Professional Soil Scientist | Soil Mapping & Classification 
     

    Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. 

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served overseas, as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF).

    In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse the cost of veterans´ examinations.

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