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CHAPTER 470
examining board of professional geologists,
hydrologists and soil scientists
470.01 Definitions.
470.02 License required.
470.025 Applicability.
470.03 Duties of the examining board.
470.04 Licensure requirements.
470.045 Firms, partnerships and corporations.
470.05 Examination.
470.06 Reciprocal licenses.
470.07 Renewal of licenses.
470.08 Disciplinary proceedings and actions.
470.09 Penalties.
470.01 470.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
470.01(1) (1) "Examining board" means the examining board of professional geologists, hydrologists and soil scientists.
470.01(1g) (1g) "Geology" means a science that involves the study of the earth and the earth's origin, composition, structure and physical history, including the study of the natural agents, forces and processes that cause changes in the earth and the investigation and collection of data concerning the crust and the interior of the earth and the surface and underground gases, solids and fluids that make up the earth.
470.01(1r) (1r) "Hydrology" means a science that involves the study of the waters of the earth, including the study of the occurrence, circulation, distribution, chemistry or quality of water or its role as a natural agent that causes changes in the earth, and the investigation and collection of data concerning waters in the atmosphere or on the surface or in the interior of the earth, including data regarding the interaction of water with other gases, solids or fluids.
470.01(2) (2) "Practice of professional geology" means the performance of or offer to perform any geologic service or work in which the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health, environment or property is concerned or involved. "Practice of professional geology" includes the collection of geological data, consultation, investigation, evaluation, interpretation, planning or inspection relating to a service or work that applies geology.
470.01(3) (3) "Practice of professional hydrology" means the performance of or offer to perform any hydrologic service or work in which the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health, environment or property is concerned or involved. "Practice of professional hydrology" includes the collection of hydrological data, consultation, investigation, evaluation, interpretation, planning or inspection relating to a service or work that applies hydrology.
470.01(4) (4) "Practice of professional soil science" means the performance of or offer to perform any service or work related to soil science in which the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health, environment or property is concerned or involved. "Practice of professional soil science" includes the collection of soil data, consultation, investigation, evaluation, interpretation, planning or inspection relating to a service or work that applies soil science.
470.01(5) (5) "Professional geologist" means a person who engages in the practice of professional geology.
470.01(5m) (5m) "Professional geologist section" means the professional geologist section of the examining board.
470.01(6) (6) "Professional hydrologist" means a person who engages in the practice of professional hydrology.
470.01(6m) (6m) "Professional hydrologist section" means the professional hydrologist section of the examining board.
470.01(7) (7) "Professional soil scientist" means a person who engages in the practice of professional soil science
470.01(8) (8) "Professional soil scientist section" means the professional soil scientist section of the examining board.
470.01(9) (9) "Soil science" means a science that involves the study of soils between the surface of the earth and bedrock, including the study of natural or human processes or forces that occur in soils, and the investigation and collection of data concerning soils, including data regarding the interaction of soils with other gases, solids or fluids or living organisms.
470.01 History History: 1997 a. 300 ss. 15, 16, 62.
470.02 470.02 License required. Except as provided in s. 470.025 or 470.045, no person may do any of the following:
470.02(1) (1) Engage or offer to engage in the practice of professional geology, designate himself or herself as a professional geologist, use or assume the title "professional geologist" or any other title, letters or designation which represents or may tend to represent the person as a professional geologist unless the person is licensed by the professional geologist section under this chapter.
470.02(2) (2) Engage or offer to engage in the practice of professional hydrology, designate himself or herself as a professional hydrologist, use or assume the title "professional hydrologist" or any other title, letters or designation which represents or may tend to represent the person as a professional hydrologist unless the person is licensed by the professional hydrologist section under this chapter.
470.02(3) (3) Engage or offer to engage in the practice of professional soil science, designate himself or herself as a professional soil scientist, use or assume the title "professional soil scientist" or any other title, letters or designation which represents or may tend to represent the person as a professional soil scientist unless the person is licensed by the professional soil scientist section under this chapter.
470.02 History History: 1997 a. 300.
470.025 470.025 Applicability. This chapter does not require a license for any of the following:
470.025(1) (1) A person lawfully practicing within the scope of a license, permit, registration or certification granted by this state or the federal government.
470.025(2) (2) An officer or employe of the federal government while engaged within this state in the practice of professional geology, hydrology or soil science for the federal government.
470.025(3) (3) A public service company or its regular employes acting in its behalf that engage in the practice of professional geology, hydrology or soil science exclusively in connection with the facilities of the company that are subject to regulation, supervision or control by a commission of this state or the federal government.
470.025(4) (4) A person who engages in the practice of professional geology, hydrology or soil science exclusively as a regular employe of a private company or corporation, by rendering to the company or corporation geological, hydrological or soil science services in connection with its operations, so long as the person is actually and exclusively so employed and no longer, if the company or corporation has at least one professional geologist, hydrologist or soil scientist who is licensed under this chapter in responsible charge of the company's or corporation's professional geological, hydrological or soil science work in this state.
470.025(5) (5) A contractor, subcontractor or construction material or equipment supplier who performs or undertakes activities that historically and customarily have been performed by a contractor, subcontractor or construction material or equipment supplier in his or her respective trade or specialty, including the preparation and use of drawings, specifications or layouts within a construction firm or in construction operations, superintending of construction, installation and alteration of equipment, cost estimating, consultation with professional geologists, hydrologists or soil scientists or owners concerning materials, equipment, methods and techniques, and investigations or consultation with respect to construction sites, provided all such activities are performed solely with respect to the performance of the contractor's, subcontractor's or supplier's work on buildings or with respect to supplies or materials furnished by him or her for buildings or structures or their appurtenances which are, or which are to be, erected, enlarged or materially altered in accordance with plans and specifications prepared by professional geologists, hydrologists or soil scientists or by a person specified in subs. (1) to (4).
470.025(6) (6) A person employed by a county or this state who is engaged in the planning, design, installation or regulation of land and water conservation activities under ch. 92 or s. 281.65 and who is certified under s. 92.18.
470.025(7) (7) A land surveyor registered under ch. 443 who is engaged in the planning, design, installation or regulation of land and water conservation activities under ch. 92 or s. 281.65.
470.025(8) (8) A person engaged solely in teaching geology, hydrology or soil science or a related physical or natural science, or a person engaged solely in geological, hydrological or soil science research as an employe of an educational or research institution or a governmental agency.
470.025(9) (9) A well driller, as defined in s. 280.01 (7), who is engaged in well drilling, as defined in s. 280.01 (8).
470.025(10) (10) A professional engineer registered under ch. 443 who, while engaged in the practice of professional engineering, as defined in s. 443.01 (6), collects, investigates, interprets or evaluates data relating to soil, rock, groundwater, surface water, gases or other earth conditions, or uses that data for analysis, consultation, planning, design or construction.
470.025(11) (11) A professional geologist, hydrologist or soil scientist who is licensed to engage in the practice of professional geology, hydrology or soil science in another state or country and is providing a consultation or demonstration with a professional geologist, hydrologist or soil scientist who is licensed under this chapter.
470.025 History History: 1997 a. 300.
470.03 470.03 Duties of the examining board.
470.03(1) (1) The examining board shall do all of the following:
470.03(1)(a) (a) Upon the advice of the professional geologist section, promulgate rules establishing requirements and standards for the practice of professional geology by a person who is licensed as a professional geologist under this chapter, including a code of ethics that governs the practice of professional geology.
470.03(1)(b) (b) Upon the advice of the professional hydrologist section, promulgate rules establishing requirements and standards for the practice of professional hydrology by a person who is licensed as a professional hydrologist under this chapter, including a code of ethics that governs the practice of professional hydrology.
470.03(1)(c) (c) Upon the advice of the professional soil scientist section, promulgate rules establishing requirements and standards for the practice of professional soil science by a person who is licensed as a professional soil scientist under this chapter, including a code of ethics that governs the practice of professional soil science.
470.03(2) (2) Upon the advice of the appropriate section of the examining board, the examining board may promulgate rules that establish continuing education requirements that a person must satisfy to be eligible to renew a license that is issued under this chapter.
470.03 History History: 1997 a. 300.
470.04 470.04 Licensure requirements.
470.04(1) (1) The professional geologist, hydrologist or soil scientist section may not grant a license under this chapter unless an applicant does each of the following:
470.04(1)(a) (a) Submits an application for the license to the department on a form provided by the department.
470.04(1)(b) (b) Pays the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1).
470.04(1)(c) (c) Passes an examination under s. 470.05.
470.04(1)(d) (d) Submits to the department letters of recommendation from 5 persons. At least 3 letters shall be from individuals who have personal knowledge of the individual's experience in, depending on the license for which an application is made, geologic, hydrologic or soil science work. At least one letter of recommendation shall be from an individual who, depending on the license for which an application is made, is licensed as a professional geologist, hydrologist or soil scientist under this chapter.
470.04(2) (2) The professional geologist section shall grant a professional geologist license to a person who satisfies the requirements under sub. (1) and who submits evidence satisfactory to the section of all of the following:
470.04(2)(a) (a) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, that he or she does not have an arrest or conviction record the circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of professional geology.
470.04(2)(b) (b) Subject to sub. (7), that he or she has a bachelor's degree [, and at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of] [[with]] course credits in geology of a variety and nature sufficient to constitute a geology major from a college or university approved by the examining board.
470.04 Note NOTE: 1997 Wis. Act 300 deleted the single bracketed language without showing it as stricken and added the double bracketed language without showing it as underscored. The changes were intended.
470.04(2)(c) (c) That he or she has completed one of the following:
470.04(2)(c)1. 1. Subject to sub. (5), at least 5 years of professional experience in geologic work of a character satisfactory to the section which demonstrates that the applicant is qualified to assume responsible charge of geologic work. At least 2 years of the geologic work required under this subdivision must have been performed under the supervision of any of the following:
470.04(2)(c)1.a. a. A person who is licensed as a professional geologist under this chapter or, for work performed before January 1, 1999, who was registered as a professional geologist under ch. 443, 1995 stats.
470.04(2)(c)1.b. b. A person who is licensed as a professional geologist in another state or territory or possession of the United States or in another country that has licensure requirements for professional geologists that are substantially equivalent to the requirements for licensure under this chapter.
470.04(2)(c)1.c. c. Any other person whom the section determines is qualified to have responsible charge of geologic work.
470.04(2)(c)2. 2. Subject to sub. (6), at least 7 years of professional experience in geologic work of a character satisfactory to the section which demonstrates that the applicant is qualified to assume responsible charge of geologic work, with a satisfactory evaluation of the last 2 years of the professional experience under a peer review system approved by the section.
470.04(3) (3) The professional hydrologist section shall grant a professional hydrologist license to a person who satisfies the requirements under sub. (1) and who submits evidence satisfactory to the section of all of the following:
470.04(3)(a) (a) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, that he or she does not have an arrest or conviction record the circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of professional hydrology.
470.04(3)(b) (b) Subject to sub. (7), that he or she has a bachelor's degree with course credits in hydrology or water resources of a variety and nature sufficient to constitute a hydrology or water resources major from a college or university approved by the examining board.
470.04(3)(c) (c) That he or she has completed one of the following:
470.04(3)(c)1. 1. Subject to sub. (5), at least 5 years of professional experience in hydrologic work of a character satisfactory to the section which demonstrates that the applicant is qualified to assume responsible charge of hydrologic work. At least 2 years of the hydrologic work required under this subdivision must have been performed under the supervision of any of the following:
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