If you are applying for CPG, the application fee is $50. If you are upgrading to CPG from "Member" or "Registered Member", the application fee is $35. Annual dues for new CPGs are not payable until an application is approved. Upon approval, the dues will be pro-rated for the remainder of the calendar year.
If you are applying for "Member", the fee is $120 if applying between Dec-Mar, $90 Apr-Jun, $60 Jul-Sept, $30 Oct-Nov. This amount includes the annual dues for the first year.
Student Membership is free.
The application fee for Associate Members is $65. Annual dues will be pro-rated for the remainder of the year and will be billed to the new Associate Member.
If you think you do not know enough active CPGs to sponsor your application for CPG, we recommend emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for a membership directory. You may know someone that is an AIPG CPG, but not realize it.
If you still cannot find enough CPGs to sponsor you, you may acquire 6 professional geologists that are non-members of AIPG. For the purposes of this application, a professional geologist sponsor is defined as one who has a baccalaureate degree or higher with 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in geological sciences and 5 years of post-degree experience in the practice of geology as a vocation.
If you have one CPG sponsor, you would still need to obtain the other 5 non-member sponsors.
After all of your documentation is complete, the review process takes 4-6 months. If you live in a state that does not have an active AIPG Section, the review process takes 2-3 months.
If you are upgrading to CPG, the process takes 2-3 months.
Member numbers are not visible on the AIPG website.
New CPGs and Professional Members are mailed an introductory letter which includes your CPG or MEM number. Non Practicing Members retain their CPG or MEM number.
Young Professional Members are assigned a YP number when they join AIPG or transition from Student Member. Please contact the office for your YP number.
Student Members are assigned a SA number when they join AIPG, though this does not happen instantaneously after joining on the website. Please contact the office for your SA number.
Please take an application form and write “Reinstatement” on it. Fill in your employment activities SINCE the date of the lapse, current contact information, and sign/submit with the current year dues (National and Section dues), which will be prorated starting in April. Don’t worry about getting it notarized. We ask you to do this because it puts the information in a form with which our staff is familiar and renews your commitment to the Code of Ethics.
Per the bylaws (2.2.7), a Member may be designated "Non-Practicing" upon request at the age of 60 or older, provided that the Member is no longer actively engaged in the practice of geology for financial gain. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to reduce or waive dues payments for Non-Practicing Members, individually or as a category. The AIPG National Dues for Non-Practicing is $60 and no section dues are added. Non-Practicing member records do not include office phone or employer.
Please contact the National Headquarters to change your Member status. This cannot be done on the website.
The CPG is an important professional credential above and independent of state licenses, and in the several states which do not have state licensing they are the only geology credential. In Alaska, for example, where there is no PG license, the CPG fulfils that role.
With AIPG’s support, state licensure began in Florida in 1988. However, the Florida PG license has been under threat of de-regulation by the Florida Legislature each year for the last several years and FAPG-AIPG Florida Section continues to oppose those efforts.
A CPG also reflects the individual’s academic and practical professional experience since it requires not 5 years (like many state licenses) but 8 years of experience; the AIPG requires verification of the degree(s) and experience prior to certification.
Due to this rigorous certification process, CPG’s are preferred in cases where expert testimony is needed and are considered “competent or qualified persons” in the US and several international locations for preparing important mining documents, including with the SEC, Canada and Australia. A CPG is also a credential recognized internationally by Geoscientists Canada, the European Federation of Geologists and the Geological Society of London, where it is considered equal to a Chartered Geologist.
CPG’s also enjoy financial savings at AIPG Conferences, field trips and other educational events. We also have a number of on-line teaching aids.
To participate as officers on the State and National Boards of AIPG, the individual is usually required to be a CPG, although some states do not require all their officers to be CPG’s.