PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

PGO's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Requirement

May 2016

PGO Practising and Limited registrants require thirty (30) CPD hours annually in a minimum of two (2) of four (4) established categories: Education, Participation, Presentations, and Contribution to Knowledge. Category descriptions and entry examples may be found in the PGO CPD Program Guideline available on the PGO website.

A maximum of 20 hours are allowed in any one category (e.g. Education) per reporting year with the ability to roll excess hours forward for a maximum of two (2) years.

A minimum of 20 hours Geoscience hours are required per reporting year. Geoscience and “other” hour descriptions and entry examples may be found in the CPD Guideline.

Reporting shall be done using the online reporting system available by logging into your account on the PGO website.

CPD Reporting Due Date: The online CPD reporting due date for all CPD reports is midnight EST, March 31 of the year following the year being reported on. At midnight EST on March 31 of each year, the ability to report CPD hours for the previous CPD year closes.

Flexibility on CPD Requirement has been extended to 2021 CPD Reporting

Flexibility on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement has been extended to 2021 reporting period. Given that the pandemic situation may have made it more difficult for some registrants to meet the 30 CPD hours in a minimum of two of the four categories - Education, Participation, Presentations, and Contribution to Knowledge, the requirement for the year 2021 continues to be 30 CPD hours total without requiring a minimum of two categories. If this situation affects you, please report all available hours and then submit an application for an exemption, stating that due to COVID, you were not able to complete your hours in more than one category.

PGO would like to emphasize that this is a temporary change for 2021 due to the probable complications arising from the COVID pandemic. If you have any questions regarding your CPD, please contact PGO at info@pgo.ca.

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Professional Practice Guidelines

There are currently a number of committees within PGO that are working on developing professional practice guidelines for each of the major areas of geoscience practice. The following are PDF formats of these guidelines.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Requirements: Guidelines for Practising Registrants.

PGO Guideline on Professional Geoscientists Reviewing Work Prepared By Another Geoscientist August 2019: The purpose of the guideline is to aid geoscientists in performing their specified role, and more.

PGO adopted General Professional Practice Guidelines for Environmental Geoscience September 2003 (under review): A professional technical guidance document for reference by PGO registrants in conducting their professional geoscience work.

PGO adopted Professional Practice Guidelines for Advertising and use of the PGO Identification and Logo (2019): A professional guidance document for reference by PGO registrants and C of A holders for use of the PGO design and general advertising guidelines.

PGO adopted Professional Practice Guidelines for Groundwater Resources Evaluation, Development, Management and Protection Programs in Ontario October 2004 (under review): A professional guidance document prepared by the Groundwater Resources Sub-Committee of the Professional Practice Committee for reference by PGO registrants and C of A holders conducting all geoscientific work concerning groundwater resources.

Professional Practice Guidelines for Geomorphologists: These guidelines have been prepared by Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) to assist Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.) in the planning and execution of geomorphological programs. These guidelines may also assist Professional Engineers (P.Eng.) who are qualified to practice professional geoscience in accordance with The Professional Geoscientist’s Act, 2000.

General Professional Practice Guidelines for Economic Geologists Feb 2021: These guidelines have been prepared by Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) to assist Professional Geoscientists (i.e., the “P.Geo.”) in the planning and supervision of all geology work related to exploration, mining, petroleum, economic or engineering geology as well as related geochemistry and geological modeling. These guidelines have also been prepared to assist Professional Engineers (P.Eng.) who are qualified to practice geoscience in accordance with the Professional Geoscientist’s Act, 2000.

General Professional Practice Guidelines for Geophysicists July 2019: These guidelines have been prepared by Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) to assist Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.) in the planning and execution of geophysical programs. These guidelines have also been prepared to assist Professional Engineers (P.Eng.) who are qualified to practice professional geoscience in accordance with The Professional Geoscientist’s Act, 2000.

PGO Guidance on Document Authentication May 2013 (Under Review): A professional guidance document prepared in accordance with the Professional Geoscientists Act (2000). This guidance document provides direction on document authentication, which can also be referred to as either “sealing and signing” or “stamping and signing”.