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    Australian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC)

    International Reciprocity of Competent Persons

    LIST OF RECOGNISED OVERSEAS PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS ACCEPTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPORTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPENDIX 5A OF THE AUSTRALIAN STOCK EXCHANGE LISTING RULES (THE JORC CODE)

    Entities reporting to the Australian Stock Exchange ("ASX") on mineral Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves are required to comply with Appendix 5A of the listing rules, being the most recent edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (the "JORC Code"). The JORC Code requires that Competent Persons (as defined) must belong to The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy ("The AusIMM"), or the Australian Institute of Geoscientists ("AIG"), or a Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation ("ROPO").

    ROPOs are overseas professional organisations that ASX, acting on advice from JORC and its parent organisations, accepts as bodies to which Competent Persons may belong for the purpose of preparing documentation on Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves on which reports to ASX are based. The ROPO scheme was introduced in 2003 as a joint initiative between the Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee ("JORC"), the parent organisations of JORC (The AusIMM, AIG and Minerals Council of Australia), and ASX. The initial list of ROPOs was published in May 2003.

    ASX is now pleased to publish the latest list of ROPOs, as follows:

    • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

    • Geological Society of London

    • Institute of Geologists of Ireland

    • European Federation of Geologists

    • American Institute of Professional Geologists

    • Engineering Council of South Africa

    • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

    • Geological Society of South Africa

    • South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

    • South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors

    • Professional Engineers Ontario

    • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia

    • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba

    • Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario

    • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland

    • Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of the Northwest Territories

    • Ordre des Geologues du Quebec

    Fuller details of the background and modus operandi of the ROPO procedure can be read by clicking here.
    The ASX statement can be read at http://www.asx.com.au/about/pdf/JORC.pdf

Alberta Securities Commission

click here for the pdf version of the text below:  http://www.albertasecurities.com/dms/1157/8705/11583__1595702_v2_-_AIPG_-_ABDECDOC.pdf

    Headnote

    Mutual Reliance Review System: Acceptance of American Institute of Professional Geologists as a "professional organization" under NI 51-101.

    Applicable National Instrument

    National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities - section 1.1(w)(iv)B).

    Citation: The American Institute of Professional Geologists, 2004 ABASC 1025 Date: 2004-10-04

    In the Matter of the Securities Legislation of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and

    In the Matter of National Instrument 51-101

    Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101) and

    In the Matter of the Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications and

    In the Matter of The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and its members who are Certified Professional Geologists MRRS Decision Document

    Background

    1. The local securities regulatory authority or regulator (the Decision Maker) in each of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut (the Jurisdictions) has received the recommendation of the Canadian Securities

    Administrators staff committee responsible for NI 51-101 that the Decision Maker accept the AIPG as a "professional organization" under NI 51-101, but only for those members of AIPG who are AIPG Certified Professional Geologists in good standing (the Requested Relief).

    2. Under the Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Applications:

    2.1 the Alberta Securities Commission is the principal regulator for this application, and

    2.2 this MRRS Decision Document evidences the decision of each Decision Maker.

    Interpretation

    3. Defined terms contained in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions or in Appendix 1 of Companion Policy 51-101CP have the same meaning in this decision unless they are defined in this decision.

    Representations

    4. This decision is based on the following facts represented by AIPG:

    4.1 the AIPG has provided copies of the AIPG's Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Disciplinary Procedures that establish that, for AIPG members who qualify as Certified Professional Geologists, the AIPG

    4.1.1 admits members primarily on the basis of their educational qualifications;

    4.1.2 requires its members to comply with the professional standards of competence and ethics prescribed by the AIPG that are relevant to the estimation, evaluation, review or audit of reserves data; and

    4.1.3 has disciplinary powers, including the power to suspend or expel a member.

    Decision

    5. Each of the Decision Makers is satisfied that the test contained in the Legislation that provides the Decision Maker with the jurisdiction to make the decision has been met.

    6. The decision of the Decision Makers under the Legislation is that the Requested Relief is granted for so long as the AIPG continues to:

    6.1 admit members as Certified Professional Geologists primarily on the basis of their educational qualifications;

    6.2 require Certified Professional Geologists to comply with the professional standards of competence and ethics prescribed by the AIPG that are relevant to the estimation, evaluation, review or audit of reserves data; and

    6.3 have disciplinary powers, including the power to suspend or expel a Certified Professional Geologist.

    Glenda A. Campbell, Q.C., Vice-Chair
    Alberta Securities Commission
    James A. Millard, Q.C., Member
    Alberta Securities Commission

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CPGs Accepted as "Qualified Persons" in CANADA

On October 19, 2001 the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued a notice accepting AIPG certification as meeting the professional association membership criteria for a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101, the new Canadian rules for reporting mineral resources and ore reserves. Acceptance of AIPG certification resolves a major uncertainty for U.S. economic geologists involved in mineral resource and reserve estimation. Item 2.1 of Staff Notice 43-302, Frequently Asked Questions about National Instrument 43-101 (NI43-101), specifically addresses the issue of how an individual can meet the "professional association" requirement of the "Qualified Person" definition and includes AIPG CPGs in a list of accepted organizations and groups.

NI 43-101 was developed in response to the 1997 Bre-X scandal and represents a new standard for reporting mineral resources and reserves in Canada that has world-wide impact. Among other requirements, all reports containing estimates of mineral resources and reserves must be prepared or under the supervision of a Qualified Person, who, by being named as such, accepts personal liability for the professional quality of the report and underlying work. A Qualified Person must have at least five years of experience including appropriate experience in the minerals being reported on and must be a member of a "professional association." The requirement that the professional association "has been given authority or recognition by statute" created uncertainty about which non-Canadian organizations would qualify. The CSA Staff Notice resolves the uncertainty.

Economic geologists should read the other parts of CSA Staff Notice 43-302, which was issued as a 17-page PDF file. Although available through various CSA member websites, finding the Staff Notice is difficult. Therefore a copy has been posted on AIPG's web site.

AIPG's contacts with the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG) and the support of the CCPG in identifying AIPG as acceptable professional association helped in this important recognition of AIPG certification. This is one example of something AIPG has done for an important segment of its membership.

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Canadian Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities

REVISED CSA STAFF NOTICE 51-309
NATIONAL INSTRUMENT 51-101
STANDARDS OF DISCLOSURE FOR OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES
ACCEPTANCE OF CERTAIN FOREIGN PROFESSIONAL BOARDS
AS A "PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION"

Updated October 4, 2004

This notice updates and replaces the information in CSA Staff Notice 51-309 originally dated January 19, 2004, and updated June 8, 2004.

Introduction

In January 2004 - 1, we added the following professional boards to the list of professional organizations accepted for the purposes of National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101).

� California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors,

� State of Colorado Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors,

� Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors,

� Oklahoma State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and

� Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

On June 8, 2004 - 2, we added the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) to that list.

On October 4, 2004 - 3, we added to that list the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), but only for the AIPG's Certified Professional Geologists.

Accompanying this notice is an updated list of all accepted professional organizations under NI 51-101.

Background

NI 51-101 requires reporting issuers to appoint one or more qualified reserves evaluators or reserves auditors to report to its board of directors on its reserves data (section 3.2). To be "qualified", a reserves evaluator or reserves auditor must possess appropriate professional qualifications and experience and be a member in good standing of a "professional organization" (subsections 1.1(x) and (y)).

The definition of "professional organization" in subsection 1.1(w) has four elements:

    (w) "professional organization" means a self-regulatory organization of engineers, geologists, other geoscientists or other professionals whose professional practice includes reserves evaluations or reserves audits, that:

    (i) admits members primarily on the basis of their educational qualifications;

    (ii) requires its members to comply with the professional standards of competence and ethics prescribed by the organization that are relevant to the estimation, evaluation, review or audit of reserves data;

    (iii) has disciplinary powers, including the power to suspend or expel a member; and (iv) is either:

    A. given authority or recognition by statute in a Canadian jurisdiction; or

    B. accepted for this purpose by the securities regulatory authority or the regulator.

CSA staff reviewed relevant documentation concerning the professional organizations' authority and recognition, membership requirements and disciplinary powers. We concluded that acceptance of the professional organizations would not be contrary to the public interest and would facilitate compliance with NI 51-101 by enabling reporting issuers active in the United States to continue the traditional, and acceptable, practice of engaging US professionals whose qualifications are consistent with the objectives of NI 51-101.

Acceptance of Professional Organizations does not Supersede Other Requirements

Membership in one of the accepted professional organizations does not automatically mean that a person is a "qualified reserves evaluator" or "qualified reserves auditor" under NI 51-101. To be qualified under NI 51-101, the person must also have the requisite professional experience to carry out reserves evaluations or reserves audits in accordance with the requirements of NI 51-101 and the standards of the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook.

The CSA's acceptance of the professional organizations under NI 51-101 is only for the purposes of NI 51-101. NI 51-101 does not supersede or alter local regulations or requirements regarding professional membership, practice or proficiency.

    1. MRRS Decision Document dated January 6, 2004 In the Matter of ... National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101) ... and ...[the professional boards named in this CSA notice].

    2. MRRS Decision Document dated June 8, 2004 In the Matter of ... National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101) ... and ...the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

    3. MRRS Decision Document dated October 4, 2004 In the Matter of ... National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101) ... and ...the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).

Questions
Please refer questions to:
Jo-Anne Bund
Senior Legal Counsel
Alberta Securities Commission
Phone: (403) 297-7274
e-mail: joanne.bund@seccom.ab.ca
Fax: (403) 297-6156

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European Federation of Geologists (EFG)

European Federation of Geologists
application forms (Word format)

PDF format

THE EUROPEAN GEOLOGIST PROFESSIONAL TITLE (PDF-file)

Based on review of the requirement and processes for recognition and regulation of cortication and/or licensure as professional geologists in the USA by American Institute of Professional Geologists and in Europe by the European Federation of Geologists, the requirements of each organization are mutually agreed to be comparable. AIPG and EFG reminds its members that the use of the title of “professional geologist” or “geologist” and the practice of geology may also be subject to the rules and regulations of individual states of the United States and Europe. Members are reminded to be familiar with those regulations.

By this mutual recognition of professional qualification, the American Institute of Professional Geologists’ Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) and the European Federation of Geologists’ European Geologists (EurGeol) shall be recognized as comparable between the two organizations in affording its respective CPG and EurGeol members discretionary privileges with each of the organizations. This mutual recognition may be terminated or voided should either organization significantly modify its certification standards. Applicants for certification from the other organization are still subject to review based on recommendations of sponsors, employment verification statement, and similar as indicated on the respective organizations application.

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The Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI)

IGI Application Guidelines

Application and additional information about IGI

Page 6:  "Candidates who are professional members of another professional organisation which has a mutual recognition agreement with the IGI (e.g. The Geological Society, AIPG) do not require Sponsors. Instead, a letter should be submitted to the Secretary, or enclosed with the application, confirming current professional membership of the organisation in question."

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MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS BETWEEN
THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS
AND THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON

December 2012 (pdf file) (Application form pdf or doc)

Page 3:

By this mutual recognition of professional qualifications the following agreements are acknowledged:

    • The American Institute of Professional Geologists will accept applications for the title of Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) from members of the Geological Society of London who are registered as a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) with a single sponsorship affidavit from the Geological Society of London, in lieu of the standard application requirements and the Geological Society of London will accept applications for title of Chartered Geologist (CGeol) with a single sponsorship affidavit from members of the American Institute of Professional Geologists who are Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) members, in lieu of the standard application requirements. The objective is to have an accelerated application process which will not require the submission of transcripts or certified record of employment. Each organization will provide an application to meet these objectives.

    • In circumstances where a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) is best qualified to sponsor an application for Certified Professional Geologist (CPG), that sponsorship will be accepted by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, as if from a Certified Professional Geologist, subject to the Chartered Geologist accepting full responsibility as if a Certified Professional Geologist and  in circumstances where a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) is best qualified to sponsor an application for Chartered Geologist (CGeol), that sponsorship will be accepted by the Geological Society of London, as if from a Chartered Geologist, subject to the Certified Professional Geologist accepting full responsibility as if a Chartered Geologist.

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The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.