Examinations: Geologists

National Association of State Boards of Geology Examination

We administer the national Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) examination 2 times a year, on dates set by ASBOG. The examination consists of:

  • Fundamentals of Geology (4 hours)
  • Practice of Geology (4 hours)

How to apply

Before you can take the examination, make sure you meet the minimum requirements. To take the examination, complete the Geologist and Specialty License Exam Registration.

ASBOG examination schedule
Exam date and location Due date for application and fees
October 2, 2015
Olympia, WA
July 10, 2015
March 18, 2016
Olympia, WA
December 27, 2015

Due dates

  • Applications and fees must be postmarked before or on the application due date.
  • All supplemental material (transcripts, employment and experience verification forms, personal references and lists of projects) must be received on the same due date as application and fees (see above).

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Specialty exams

We also administer examinations to be licensed as an Engineering Geologist or a Hydrogeologist. You must be licensed as a geologist in Washington in order to take a specialty examination.

Engineering geologist licensing examination

Engineering geologist licensing examinations are offered 2 times a year, on the same dates as the ASBOG exam. (see ASBOG schedule above)

Applications, fees, and project lists must be postmarked before or on the application due date.

Hydrogeologist licensing examination

Hydrogeologist licensing examinations are offered each July, about mid-way between the spring and fall ASBOG examinations.

Hydrogeologist examination schedule
Exam date and location Due date for application and fees
July 8, 2016
Olympia, WA
May 6, 2016

Applications, fees, and project lists must be postmarked before or on the application due date.

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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