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Certified Groundwater Professionals

The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the certification of persons who wish to do business in Iowa as groundwater professionals.  This professional designation is required for any person who wishes to submit projects to the UST Section evaluating sites or proposing corrective action. The information below describes the certification program.  If you have any questions about the certification program, please contact Bonnie Garrison at 515-725-8310 or Bonnie.Garrison@dnr.iowa.gov

A Groundwater Professional is defined by Chapter 567-134 as “a person who provides subsurface soil contamination and groundwater consulting services, or who contracts to perform or who supervises remediation or corrective action services at leaking underground storage tank sites.”  These services and activities must be provided by or directly supervised by a certified groundwater professional.  All reports submitted to the Iowa DNR must be signed by the Certified Groundwater Professional supervising the work at the site.

In complying with the legislative mandate, persons must be certified as a Groundwater Professional before performing any of the services above. 

Groundwater Professional Certification Process

  1. Applicant must have a current and approved groundwater professional application on file with the DNR two weeks prior to testing date.  The application must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $200.   The fee is non-refundable and it can not be prorated.  The application will be reviewed by DNR and a determination will be made as to the applicant’s qualifications. DNR will send a letter to the applicant either stating that the applicant is qualified or the applicant is not qualified.
  2. Applicant must complete the RBCA computer training course provided at the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA prior to examination.  The training course is open to all. To register for the course, call 515-964-6685.
  3. Applicant must pass a written examination.  Applicant must be registered for the examination 2 weeks prior to testing date.  In order to register for the exam, the applicant must have a current, approved groundwater professional application on file with DNR and must have completed the RBCA computer training course.  To register for the examination, call the Des Moines Community College in Ankeny, IA at 515-964-6685.

Exception: Applicants who are currently registered as a professional engineer in the State of Iowa and meet the exemption qualification criteria in 134.3(6) of the certification rules, may complete a PE exemption from examination form.  A copy of the applicant’s current Iowa PE registration card, a copy of college transcripts, and a completed signed affidavit form must be submitted with the application form.  If approved, the applicant will be exempted from taking the written exam.  The applicant must complete the two-day RBCA training prior to being certified.

Following are a list of instructions to be used in completion of the application.

  1. All information must be typed or printed.
  2. Failure to complete all sections or attach the required supplemental information will result in rejection and/or delay of the application.
  3. Include with the application a non-refundable application fee.
  4. Please allow sufficient time for processing of your application.
  5. Duplication of the application is permitted.

List of Certified Groundwater Professionals

At the request of many of our clients, we have prepared a list of persons who have done business with the department in the past.  These lists are offered simply to help you find potential sources of assistance.  As you will find noted with each group, we make no attempt to qualify persons on the list.  It is between you and the persons you contact to discuss evidence of their capabilities.

Tank Memos

Tank memos are directed to certified groundwater professionals and contain information of interest concerning assessment and corrective actions at petroleum contaminated sites.

This newsletter is a technical publication for groundwater professionals, published as needed to provide updates and announcements to groundwater professionals.

  • July 1999 - General Guidance for MTBE Monitoring and Reporting, Update on Water Supply Sampling in Vulnerable Bedrock Regions
  • May 1999 -Groundwater Professional Workshops, MTBE Monitoring Required July 1, 1999, Clarification on Soil Gas Sampling Method, Reminder about Soil Sampling, Requests for No Further Action Certificates, LUST Site Information
  • March 1999 - Submerged Soil Contamination and the Soil Vapor to Enclosed Space Pathway, Determination of Hydraulic Conductivity, Contaminated Soil From Tank Closures
  • October 1998 - Potential Plastic Water Line at Tier 2, Clarification on Using Soil Gas to Clear Tier 1 Groundwater Vapor

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