On June 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed “The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act” (HB 1193) which eliminates unnecessary regulations and reduces barriers to entry for certain professions. Effective July 1, 2020 there is a new category of Geology Licensure by Endorsement for applicants who have held a license for at least 10 years in another state(s) or territory and have taken an exam equivalent to the exam required by the Board. However, such applicants must apply while they hold a valid license in another state(s) or within 2 years after the expiration of such license.
To ensure all efforts are being taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public, all licensed Professional Geologists have a duty to report to the Department any violations of Ch. 492, Florida Statutes and Ch. 455, Florida Statutes, including any possible unlicensed activity. Unlicensed activity is illegal, and can be reported (anonymously or not) by calling the Department’s ULA Hotline at 866.532.1440 or by sending an email to ULA@myfloridalicense.com.
Geologist in Training Registration
Senate Bill 404, which establishes a Geologist in Training Registration (GIT) in the State of Florida, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 13, 2014 and will take effect January 1, 2015. The new law will allow applicants to take the fundamentals portion of the geology licensure examination and be registered as a Geologist In Training. Applicants must be in their final year or have graduated with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours from an approved geology curriculum. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation will post and begin accepting applications from its website beginning January 2015. For details on the new law please go to http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0404/BillText/er/HTML and review the application for additional requirements or call (850) 487-1395.
We just received this information about the ability to grandfather with the state of Louisiana:
Louisiana is implementing geological registration. There is a short period, ending December 31st, in which to obtain grandfathering eligibility, and the separate formal application period will begin next year. If anyone wishes to be grandfathered into registration in Louisiana, they must visit www.lbopg.org, follow the instructions, and submit the appropriate check, which will also cover the cost of their formal application next year. Louisiana sends their regrets with regard to the awkwardness and the timing, but given the current legal environment they are required to operate under, anyone who does not apply for grandfathering by the end of the month will be unable to ever obtain it.
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