Exempt services: Geologists

State laws recognize that certain areas of expertise are common to professionals other than geologists, engineering geologists, and hydrogeologists. The law provides the following exemptions in RCW 18.220.190: Permitted activities — Certificate of licensing not required:

  • The practice of engineering.
  • The acquisition of engineering data involving:
    • Soil, rock, groundwater, and other earth materials.
    • Evaluation of the physical and chemical properties of soil, rock, groundwater, and other earth materials.
  • The utilization of these data in analysis, design, and construction by professional engineers appropriately registered or licensed in this state.
  • Work performed by officers or employees of the government of the United States while engaged in the practice of engineering for the government.
  • Similar work performed by individuals or organizations licensed or registered in any other profession or occupation related to geology, provided that such work is:
    • Permitted under the applicable licensing or registration law.
    • and
    • Incidental to the practice or the profession or occupation for which licensing or registration is required.

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Contact us: DFCcompliance@dol.wa.gov

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