GSM Technical talk (in collaboration with the Geology Programme, UKM): “Profile of a Professional Geologist” - Abd. Rasid Jaapar (President, GSM)

Event Code : GSMTT 09-20-2017 Venue Name : Bilik Mesyuarat Program Geologi, Bangunan Geologi, Fakulti Sains & Teknologi, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi Host Name : Coordinator Name : Date From : 2017-09-20

Talk begins at 11am. There will be light refreshments provided at 10:30am, before the talk. SYNOPSIS This presentation will discuss on the route or process required by undergraduate geological student to be Professional Geologist. The practice of professional geology (geoscience) is the performing of any activity that requires application of the principles of the geological sciences, and that concerns the safeguarding of public welfare, life, health, property, or economic interests, including but not limited to; i) investigations, interpretations, evaluations, consultations or management aimed at discovery or development of metallic or non-metallic minerals, rocks, nuclear, fossil fuels, precious stones and water resources, ii) investigations, interpretations, evaluations, consultations, or management relating to geoscientific properties, conditions or processes that may affect the well-being of the general public, including those pertaining to preservation of natural environment (Geoscientist Canada, 2014). Geology (Geoscience) is now a regulated profession in Malaysia after the enactment of Geologist Act (Act 689) in 2008. To practice, one must register with the Board of Geologist (BOG) Malaysia. It is a legal requirement to be registered as a Professional Geologist to practice geology/geoscience. Like architects, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants and chemists, Registered Professional Geologists are held accountable and responsible for the works they do. Only in this way do we earn respect of the public our profession exists to protect. Professional competence refers to the ability, in a given practice situation, to act in a safe, effective and ethical manner. Competence is enabled by the ability to perform specific practice tasks with acceptable levels of proficiency. Competency is the ability to perform a practice task with a specified level of proficiency. Regulating the profession by standards of basic minimum appropriate education, professional responsibilities code of ethics and promoting continuing professional development is essential for quality practice and protection of the public. This presentation will also discuss on developing soft skills as well as entrepreneurship skill.