TBPG Response to COVID-19

TBPG Operations during COVID-19.
Our office has adjusted daily operations so that staff is working largely remotely, but we are continuing our work to serve you.  You can contact us at 512-936-4408 or by  email at compliance@tbpg.texas.gov or licensing@tbpg.texas.gov.

Economic Hardship due to COVID-19.
TBPG recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of our lives. If the COVID-19 crisis has created a hardship for you and your ability to renew your license or registration at this time, please contact our office to discuss options that may be available. You can reach out to us at 512-936-4408 or by email at compliance@tbpg.texas.gov to discuss your individual situation.  Also, please visit our website regularly for any information and updates related to licensing.

Temporary CE Policy (extended through January 1, 2021). 
TBPG recognizes that the cancellation of many in-person events, professional meetings, and conferences has impacted licensees’ ability to earn continuing education (CE) hours. As a result, a 9-hour credit (tied to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions) has been issued for all P.G. licenses that expire between March 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021. This action relieves 9 of the 15 required continuing education hours. Of the remaining 6 hours, one of those hours must be ethics (TBPG offers an online video called Ethics in Geoscience). The Board has determined that the remaining 5 hours can be obtained through any combination of on-line or self-directed studies.  Examples of self directed include any geoscience/professional growth related opportunities including work projects.

Considering Governor Greg Abbott’s extended Disaster Declaration related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and recognizing the continued impacts that COVID-19 will have on opportunities to earn the required 15 hours of continuing education credits, TBPG has extended the Temporary CE Policy related to continuing education through January 1, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact compliance@tbpg.texas.gov or call 512-230-5576.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding CE Activities.
Many of you may have questions about how to earn and log CE credits during this time.
Please see:  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about COVID-19 and TBPG’s CE requirements

Additional information: TBPG will continue to monitor and make any necessary business adjustments as needed at this time.  The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has detailed and up-to-date information about the impact of COVID-19 in Texas and the State’s response and efforts: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

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