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AIPG Membership Categories and Requirements

Certified Professional Geologist (CPG)

Applicants for certification have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the geological sciences with a minimum of 36 semester hours of geology plus 8 years of professional geological work experience. Applicants with a master’s degree need only 7 years of experience and Ph.D’s need only 5 years.

EDUCATION: 36 semester or 54 quarter hours in geological sciences with a baccalaureate or higher degree; certified copy of official transcripts must be sent by each college or university
EXPERIENCE: 8 years beyond bachelor's degree, or 7 years beyond master's degree, or 5 years beyond doctorate
SPONSORS: 3 required from professional geologists, 2 of whom must be CPG's (see Section 2.3.1 of the Bylaws for exceptions)
SCREENING: Section and National
APPLICATION FEE: $50 (to upgrade from Registered Member or Member to CPG, the fee is $35)
ANNUAL DUES: $170 plus Section dues; both prorated for remainder of year when accepted.

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Professional Member

Geologists who do not yet meet the education and experience requirements for CPG or do not see a need for certification by the institute may apply to become a Professional Member. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the geological sciences with at least 30 semester hours of geology.

EDUCATION: 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in geological sciences* with a baccalaureate or higher degree.
EXPERIENCE: No proof required
SCREENING: None required
SIGN-UP AMOUNT: If you apply Dec-Mar= $130; Apr-Jun= $97.50; Jul-Sept= $65; Oct- Nov= $32.50
(This amount covers the first calendar year of your membership.)
ANNUAL DUES: $130 plus Section dues
ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

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Young Professional Member

Geologists who do not yet meet the education and experience requirements for CPG may apply to become a Young Professional Member. Applicants must apply during first five years upon earning a baccalaureate, masters, or doctorate.

EDUCATION: 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in geological sciences with a baccalaureate or higher degree.
EXPERIENCE: Must apply during first five years upon earning a baccalaureate, masters, or doctorate.
SCREENING: None required
SIGN-UP AMOUNT: FREE the first calendar year of signing up for your membership.
ANNUAL DUES: $65
ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

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Student

EDUCATION: Student Members shall be currently enrolled majors in a geoscience program at a college, university, or similar institution.
EXPERIENCE: No proof required
SCREENING: Headquarters can approve
ANNUAL DUES: $0
GRADUATION DATE: Anticipated date of graduation is required.
ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

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Associate

EDUCATION: No proof required
EXPERIENCE: No proof required
SPONSORS: None required
SCREENING: Headquarters can approve
APPLICATION FEE: None
SIGN-UP AMOUNT: If you apply December - June = $65; July - November = $32.50
(This amount covers the first calendar year of your membership.)
ANNUAL DUES: $65
ONLINE SIGNUP AVAILABLE: YES

*Note to those who received their degrees from non-U.S./Canadian universities. If you received a degree from a university or college outside the U.S. or Canada, and the school is unable to provide an acceptable transcript, you must submit a copy of your diploma and a list of courses taken. The Screening Committee may ask you to provide additional information or an equivalency evaluation, at your expense.

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AIPG Patron

Benefits - A Patron receives one invoice instead of multiple invoices for the AIPG Members included on the list they provide. Anyone listed that is not an AIPG Member must submit an application and be accepted before they can be included on the Patron's list. Patron Requirements - An AIPG Corporate Patron must include a list of all AIPG Members the Patron agrees to be invoiced for.

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