(a) The Alabama Professional Geologists Licensing Act is enacted for the following purposes:
(1) To protect life, property, health, safety, public welfare, and the environment through the regulation of the practice of geology in the State of Alabama.
(2) To define the practice of geology as a profession and to establish minimum professional standards for ethical conduct, professional responsibility, education, and experience.
(3) To prevent abuses of the practice of geology by untrained or unprincipled persons.
(b) The intent of this chapter is to ensure that only those persons who are registered and licensed pursuant to this chapter, unless they are exempted from licensing, shall publicly practice, offer, or attempt to publicly practice geology or any specialty thereof, claim any specialty in geology as a professional, business, or commercial identification, title, name, representation, or claim, or otherwise hold themselves out to the public as being qualified to practice geology or any of its specialties. Only those persons licensed pursuant to this chapter may use the term "licensed professional geologist."