CALIFORNIA SPECIFIC EXAM FOR PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS

Dear Professional Geologist,
 
The purpose of this survey is to identify the tasks and knowledge that are relevant to the current practice of California geology in order to update the California Specific Exam for Professional Geologists.
 
Please complete this survey in its entirety to help the Board reach the goal of obtaining feedback from a representative sample of the licensing population. The more participation that the Board receives, the more the Board can ensure that the exam is current, relevant and practice-related.  
 
In accordance with §7841 (d) of the Geologist and Geophysicist Act, the California Specific Exam is one of three examinations required to obtain the California Professional Geologist practice authority license. As you take this survey, please keep in mind that the California Specific Exam is a SUPPLEMENT to the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and Practice of Geology (PG) exams. The California Specific Exam is intended to address the areas of geologic practice that are specific to the State of California, and therefore not addressed by the ASBOG exams. The California Specific Exam is not intended to duplicate general geologic practice tasks common to all geologists nationwide that are covered by the national ASBOG FG and PG license exams. 

Thank you for your support of the Board’s exam development program. Your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated.  
 
ABOUT THE OCCUPATIONAL ANALYSIS
The major aim of conducting an Occupational Analysis is to develop a concise and logical compilation of what professionals do in specific terms that can be readily communicated and understood. The delineation procedure involves a number of steps including the identification of: (1) domains; (2) tasks; and (3) the knowledge underlying the performance of tasks.

1. Domains (also known as topic areas, content areas, or dimensions) represent the principal areas of a) job responsibility and b) knowledge needed to perform one’s professional responsibilities. 
2. Task statements are distinct, identifiable, specific job-related tasks performed by professionals in your field that are necessary for competent performance.
3. Knowledge statements identify what a professional needs to know based on the identified task statements.

SURVEY FORMAT
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This survey can be completed in approximately 45 minutes. Most questions take just seconds to answer. A progress bar is provided at the bottom of each page to indicate the percentage of the survey you have completed. The survey consists of the following sections:

Section 1: Background & General Information
Section 2: Tasks
Section 3: Knowledge
Section 4: Recommendations for Test Content
Section 5: Comments

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