Heh, pregnant. Thanks, all.
I’ll have to remember that rejoinder, gleeb.
And yes, I was aware of the grandfathering deadline. I’m actually surprised by the number of geoscientists I know who either didn’t bother or didn’t even know about it.
To answer your question, lieu, a license is now required to publicly represent oneself as a geophysicist or a geologist in Texas. There’s quite a bit of info at the link above. The Act specifically exempts private oil and gas ventures, thus many in the industry ignored the opportunity to send the state $200 and round up transcript and references.
I did it because: a.) I don’t know how iit will be interpreted and I work for a public oil and gas company, b.) even if they leave the oil biz alone, Railroad Commission dealings may well require it, c.) my boss handed my an application at the start of this year (hint, hint), d.) no matter how it shakes out, it can’t hurt my hirability and e.) now I can say, “Back off, man, I’m a scientist!”
The grandfathering period allowed those who met the educational, experience and reference requirements to get in without taking the exam. Is the exam difficult? Who knows? They haven’t given the first one yet.
And I am a bit fractured, with a few, ever so small, faults.