INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS (AIPG)
Code of Ethics
(Revised and approved by Members of AIPG in December 1989. Reproduced
with permission of AIPG.)
(ADOPTED DECEMBER 11, 1989)
of The American Institute of Professional Geologists are dedicated
to the highest standards of personal integrity and professional
conduct. The Institute's Code of Ethics comprises three parts: the
Canons, which are broad principles of conduct; the Ethical Standards,
which are goals to which Members aspire; and the Rules of Conduct.
Compliance with the Rules of Conduct is mandatory and violation
of any Rule will be grounds for disciplinary action by the Institute.
Under the Bylaws, the Institute may also impose discipline for legal
violations and because of the suspension or revocation of registration
or licensure, among other grounds. Disciplinary action may take
the form of private admonition, public reprimand, suspension of
membership, or termination. The Code of Ethics applies to all professional
activities of Members, wherever and whenever they occur. A Member
shall not be relieved of an ethical responsibility by virtue of
his or her employment, because the Member has delegated an assignment
to a subordinate, or because the Member was not involved in performing
services for compensation.
CANON 1. GENERAL OBLIGATIONS
Members should be guided by the highest standards of personal integrity
and professional conduct.
should pursue honesty, integrity, loyalty, fairness, impartiality,
candor, fidelity to trust inviolability of confidence, and honorable
conduct as a way of life.
Rule 1.1.1 By applying for or by continuing membership in the
Institute, a Member agrees to comply with and uphold this Code
CANON 2. OBLIGATIONS TO THE PUBLIC
Members should uphold the public health, safety, and welfare in
the performance of professional services, and avoid even the appearance
should observe and comply with the requirements and intent of all
applicable laws, codes, and regulations.
Rule 2.1.1 A Member shall not knowingly participate in any illegal
activities, or knowingly permit the publication of his or her
reports, maps, or other documents for illegal purpose.
Rule 2.1.2 A Member shall neither offer nor make any payment,
gift, or other valuable consideration to a public official for
the purpose of influencing a decision by such official; nor shall
a Member accept any payment, gift, or other valuable consideration
which would appear to influence a decision made on behalf of the
public by the Member acting in a position of public trust.
Rule 2.1.3 If a Member becomes aware of a decision or action by
an employer, client, or colleague which violates any law or regulation,
the Member shall advise against such action, and when such violation
appears to materially affect the public health, safety, or welfare,
shall advise the appropriate public officials responsible for
the enforcement of such law or regulation.
should be accurate, truthful, and candid in all communications with
Rule 2.2.1 A Member shall not knowingly engage in false or deceptive
advertising, or make false, misleading, or deceptive representations
or claims in regard to the profession of geology or which concern
his or her own professional qualifications or abilities or those
of other geologists.
Rule 2.2.2 A Member shall not issue a false statement or false
information which the Member knows to be false or misleading,
even though directed to do so by an employer or client.
Rule 2.2.3 A Member shall avoid making sensational, exaggerated,
and or unwarranted statements that may mislead or deceive members
of the public or any public body.
should participate as citizens and as professionals in public affairs.
Rule 2.3.2 A Member acting in a position of public trust shall
exercise his or her authority impartially, and shall not seek
to use his or her authority for personal profit or to secure any
should promote public awareness of the effects of geology and geological
processes on the quality of life.
3. OBLIGATIONS TO EMPLOYERS AND CLIENTS
Members should serve their employers and clients faithfully and
competently within their overall professional and ethical obligations.
should disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest which
may affect their ability to serve an employer or client faithfully.
Rule 3.1.1 A Member shall disclose to a prospective employer or
client the existence of any owned or controlled mineral or other
interest which may, either directly or indirectly, have a pertinent
bearing on such employment.
Rule 3.1.2 A Member having or expecting to have beneficial interest
in a property on which the Member reports must shall state in
the report the fact of the existence of such interest or expected
Rule 3.1.3 A Member employed or retained by one employer or client
shall not accept, without that employer's or client's written
consent, an engagement by another if the interests of the two
are in any manner conflicting.
Rule 3.1.4 A Member shall not accept referral fees from any person
to whom an employer or client is referred; however, nothing herein
shall prohibit a Member from being compensated by the employer
or client for consultation, or for other services actually performed.
Rule 3.1.5 A Member shall not offer or pay referral fees to any
person who refers an employer or client to the Member; however,
nothing herein shall prohibit a Member from compensating the person
giving the referral for consultation, or for other services actually
should protect, to the fullest possible extent, the interest of
an employer or client so far as is consistent with the public health,
safety, and welfare and the Member's legal, professional, and ethical
Rule 3.2.1 A Member shall not use, directly or indirectly, any
confidential information obtained from or in the course of performing
services for an employer or client in any way which is adverse
or detrimental to the interests of the employer or client, except
with the prior consent of the employer or client or when disclosure
is required by law.
Rule 3.2.2 A Member who has made an investigation for an employer
or client shall not seek to profit economically from the information
gained written permission of the employer or client, unless it
is clear that there can no longer be a conflict of interest with
the original employer or client.
Rule 3.2.3 A Member shall not use his or her employer's or client's
resources for private gain without the prior knowledge and consent
of his or her employer or client.
should serve their employers and clients competently.
Rule 3.3.1 A Member shall perform professional services or issue
professional advise which is only within the scope of the education
and experience of the Member and the Member's professional associates,
consultants, or employees, and shall advise the employer or client
if any professional advice is outside of the Member's personal
Rule 3.3.2 A Member shall not give a professional opinion or submit
a report without being as thoroughly informed as might be reasonable
expected, considering the purpose for which the opinion or report
Rule 3.3.3 A Member shall engage, or advise an employer or client
to engage, and cooperate with other experts and specialists whenever
the employer's or client's interests would be best served by such
should serve their employers and clients diligently and perform
their services in a timely manner.
who find that obligations to an employer or client conflict with
professional or ethical standards should have such objectional conditions
corrected or resign.
4. OBLIGATIONS TO PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUES
should respect the rights, interests, and contributions of their
should respect and acknowledge the professional status and contributions
of their colleagues.
Rule 4.1.1 A Member shall give due credit for work done by others
in the course of a professional assignment, and shall not knowingly
accept credit due another.
Rule 4.1.2 A Member shall not plagiarize another in oral and written
communications, or use materials prepared by others without appropriate
5. OBLIGATIONS TO THE INSTITUTE AND THE PROFESSION
should continually strive to improve the profession of geology so
that it may be of ever increasing benefit to society.
should strive to improve their professional knowledge and skills.
should cooperate with others in the profession and encourage the
dissemination of geological knowledge.
should work toward the improvement of standards of geological education,
research, training, and practice.
should not only to uphold these standards of ethics by precept and
example but also encourage by counsel and advice to other Members,
their adherence to such standards.
having knowledge of a violation of these Rules by another Member
should bring substantiated evidence of such violation to the attention
of the Institute.