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Please contact your State Geologic Licensure Board for However, many state Boards require the applicant shall have graduated from a state accredited college or university which has been approved by the state Board with a degree in geology, engineering geology, or a related geological science; OR the applicant shall have successfully completed 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) including core academic courses in physical and historical geology, mineralogy, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy and sedimentation, field geology, or the equivalent of such core academic courses as determined by the state Board; and the applicant shall have completed, in addition to the core academic courses, at least one approved elective (if needed to complete the 30 semesters hours) including but not limited to, hydrogeology, economic geology, geochemistry, paleontology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomorphology, or geophysics; or their equivalent as determined by the state Board.

Most Member States require 5-years of professional experience under the supervision of a licensed geologist or engineer. Check with your state licencing Board for state-specific

The FG and PG examinations are given twice each year in March (typically the 3rd Friday) and October (typically the first Friday) on dates set by ASBOG. Upcoming dates include:

  • March 19, 2021
  • October 1, 2021
  • March 18, 2022
  • October 7, 2022
  • March 17, 2023
  • October 6, 2023

The examination application deadline is determined by the state Board. Please check the state Boards web site for application

Grades are mailed to the candidates approximately 8-10 weeks after the date of the examination from the state licensing Board. Grades are not distributed to candidates by ASBOG.

The exams are scored using a modified Angoff method with statistical equating. Because some exam forms are more difficult than others, statistical equating is used to set a pass point that is consistent among exam forms. Most standardized tests use this method of scoring. The raw score provided is the number of questions answered correctly. The scaled score is determined based on review of the form by subject matter experts; the pass point for the scaled score is set using statistical equating.

Administration of the ASBOG® examinations is a state regulatory board activity. ASBOG® will be providing examinations to the state geology boards for administration on October 2, 2020. However, each geology board will make their own determination on whether they will administer the ASBOG® examinations this fall based on local government and public health requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the evolving situation with respect to COVID-19, all candidates are strongly encouraged to communicate directly with their respective state boards for logistical information including any updates or special requirements related to the upcoming exams.


Last Updated: May 1, 2022