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This paper is a presentation made by the author in behalf of the A.A.P.G. executive committee. It is in effect a recommendation to the business committee and to the voting membership of the A.A.P.G. that a plan for voluntary certification be adopted by A.A.P.G. Under such a plan those eligible members who so desire could be certified by A.A.P.G. as being fully qualified professionally for registration or other recognition by State or similar established authorities.
The paper deals with the reasons for the action currently being taken and the benefits that would accrue to individual members and to the profession as a whole.
The author feels strongly that the A.A.P.G., by virtue of its constitution and code of ethics, and as the only world-wide association of professional petroleum geologists, is the group that is best qualified to certify its own members for professional service to the petroleum and related industries.
The proposed certification procedure is described.
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