Due to facility issues, this licensing program has limited operations. There may be delays in responding to requests. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re working toward resuming all business operations as soon as possible.
You can download and save the blank application (in PDF format), fill it out electronically, and print it. However, you cannot save the information to a file on your computer. You can also print a blank application form and fill out the application by writing legibly in black ink or typing your information onto the copy.
You must use the forms provided by the board. You may use additional white sheets of paper to supplement your remarks in certain sections. When doing so, please identify each item by reference to the original form.
You may use the title “geologist-in-training” (GT) if you have met all the educational requirements outlined in WAC 308-15-040(2), and have passed the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology examination. For the GT, you do not need to meet the experience requirements outlined in WAC 308-15-040(3).
We recognize that some geologists have worked under the supervision of non-geologists, so we added language in the rules to allow for this. WAC 308-15-040(3)(b) recognizes experience supervised by “…others who, in the opinion of the Board, are qualified to have responsible charge.” This allows applicants to submit their applications for the board’s review and determination of eligibility.
If you received your degree outside of the United States or Canada, your transcripts must undergo a course-by-course evaluation by a board-approved evaluation service. A translation of your transcript or a general evaluation isn’t adequate. An official copy of the evaluation must be sent directly to the board office by the evaluation service. You may choose from the following approved evaluation services:
You’ll be required to show knowledge of the geology of the state of Washington to be licensed as an engineering geologist, and knowledge of the hydrogeology of the state of Washington to be licensed as a hydrogeologist. You may demonstrate this knowledge by showing you have worked on projects in the state of Washington, have taken courses or seminars specific to the geology and hydrogeology of the state of Washington, attended various geologic society meetings in the state, participated in field trips or studies in Washington state, conducted self-study on these subjects, or other methods.
You may submit a course syllabus or outline documenting the completion of 30 semester/45 quarter hours, or graded course work that covers materials equivalent in content and rigor to the core classes described in WAC 308-15-040. In the absence of these materials, copies of the text and table of contents or copies of the study materials used in the course of study may be submitted to assist the board’s review. These materials should demonstrate to the board that your course study covered the range of topics in each area where educational equivalents have been established.
Advanced study may include a combination of courses, seminars, workshops, and on-the-job training. Examples of subjects acceptable to the board include engineering geology, environmental geology, rock and soil mechanics, geomorphology, volcanology and seismology, engineering geophysics, slope stability, rock slope engineering, tunneling, blast design, shoreline processes, and engineering geologic field methods.
Advanced study may include a combination of courses, seminars, workshops, and on-the-job training. Examples of subjects acceptable to the board include hydrogeology, groundwater hydrology, aquifer mechanics, flow through porous media, vadose zone hydrology, chemical transport, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, flow and chemical transport computer modeling, advanced geochemistry, geochemical forensics, groundwater law and regulations, well and monitoring well design and construction, site characterization and assessment, and groundwater remediation.
The law doesn’t address the issue of professional designations. The Geologist Licensing Board recommends the use of LG (Licensed Geologist), LHG (Licensed Hydrogeologist), and LEG (Licensed Engineering Geologist). These designations are consistent with the wording on geologist stamps. This is a recommendation, however, not a requirement.
An engineering geologist is an earth scientist who has specialized in the application of geologic principles to civil works. A geotechnical engineer is a civil engineer who has specialized in the design and construction aspects of earth materials. Both professions share many of the same knowledge, skills and abilities. Each field, however, has particular strengths. Engineering geologists typically have greater skills in characterization of geologic conditions and processes, and in evaluation of how processes will be affected or will affect a specific development activity. Geotechnical engineers will typically have greater skill in development of site-specific geotechnical design recommendations and criteria.