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RULE §851.112Required Reports to the TBPG

(a) A Professional Geoscientist (P.G.), Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT), or a Geoscience Firm (Firm) shall make written reports to the TBPG office of changes to any of the following within thirty (30) days of the following, as applicable:

  (1) A description of and the effective date of the change;

  (2) Physical or mailing address of record, electronic mail address, telephone or facsimile number, or other contact information (include P.G. license number and/or Firm number or GIT certificate number as applicable);

  (3) Changes to a P.G. or GIT's employment (e.g. leaving a firm or starting employment with a new firm, etc.);

  (4) Any changes in a firm's name (legal trade name or business entity name), the Authorized Official of the Firm (AOF), the firm's owners, officers, or directors, changes in operation including firm type, dissolution of the firm, branches or subsidiary offices of the firm that no longer offers to provide or is not providing professional geoscience services to the public in Texas;

  (5) Professional Geoscientist(s) employed by the firm or leaving the firm;

  (6) Professional Geoscientist(s) who serve as the P.G. in Responsible Charge for the firm or any branch offices;

  (7) Employment status of the P.G.s of the firm;

    (A) Operation including dissolution of the firm or that the firm no longer offers to provide or is not providing professional geoscience services to the public in Texas; or

    (B) Operation including addition or dissolution of branch and/or subsidiary offices.

  (8) Notice as provided in subsection (d) of this section shall include, as applicable, the:

    (A) Full legal trade or business name entity;

    (B) The firm registration number;

    (C) Telephone number of the business office;

    (D) Name and license number of the license holder employed by or leaving the entity;

    (E) Description of the change; and

    (F) Effective date of this change.

  (9) A criminal conviction, other than a Class C misdemeanor traffic offense, of the licensee or Geoscientist-in-Training;

  (10) The settlement of or judgment rendered in a civil or criminal lawsuit filed against the licensee or Firm relating to the P.G.'s or Firm's professional geoscience services; or

  (11) Final disciplinary or enforcement actions against the P.G., GIT, or Firm taken by a licensing or certification body related to the practice of professional geoscience when known by the licensee.

(b) The information received under subsection (a) of this section may be used by the TBPG to determine whether a possible violation may have occurred.

(c) Failure to make a report as required by subsection (a) of this section is grounds for disciplinary action by the Appointed Board.

(d) A Firm that obtains a new certificate of authority from the Office of the Secretary of State or that files a new Assumed Name Certificate with the County Clerk or the Office of the Secretary of State must provide the new instrument number to the TBPG within thirty (30) days of the action.

Source Note: The provisions of this §851.112 adopted to be effective December 15, 2010, 35 TexReg 10695; amended to be effective December 11, 2014, 39 TexReg 9539; amended to be effective March 15, 2016, 41 TexReg 1843; amended to be effective October 31, 2018, 43 TexReg 7140; amended to be effective March 6, 2022, 47 TexReg 947

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