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How to get your license: Geologists by exam with required experience

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Requirements

To get a geologist license by exam, you must:

  • Meet the education requirements through a degree or equivalent course work
  • Have at least 5 years of documented, verifiable professional geological experience with at least 3 years supervised by a licensed geologist.
    • If your supervisor isn't a licensed geologist, the person verifying the experience must provide their resume to the Board for evaluation and approval.
    • One year of full-time graduate study in geology or qualified related area counts as one year of experience – maximum of 2 years
    • Geological research or teaching at a university or college is credited year-for-year if judged comparable to experience by the Board
  • Pass the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) Fundamentals of Geology and Practice of Geology examinations, or other Board-approved equivalent examinations
  • Provide at least 2 professional references – each experience verifier counts as a professional reference

How to apply

  1. If you passed the Fundamentals of Geology exam in another state, complete the Applicant section of the Geologist Licensing and/or Exam History Certification. Send the form to the state where you passed your exams to have them complete the Certification section of the form and return it to the address at the top of the form.
  2. Submit your application for the Practice of Geology exam, either online or by mail.
    • If you haven't passed the Fundamentals of Geology exam, you must also apply for that exam during this process.
    • Online
      • Prepare required documents for upload – see Uploading document instructions:
        • Completed Geologist Online Application Supplement
        • If you haven't passed the Fundamentals exam and are submitting educational equivalents: Course syllabi/class outlines, copies of study materials, and the tables of contents of books used in the courses, or certificate of completion for non-academic courses. These education equivalents will be reviewed and must be approved by us.
      • Login and follow the on-screen instructions to submit the application and pay the application fee – the fee covers the Fundamentals of Geology exam (if needed), the Practice of Geology exam, and your initial 1-year license fee.
      • Go to step 3 below.
    • By mail
      • Send us the following:
        • Completed Geologist and/or Specialty License Application.
        • If you haven't passed the Fundamentals exam and are submitting educational equivalents, Course syllabi/class outlines, copies of study materials, and the tables of contents of books used in the courses, or certificate of completion for non-academic courses. These education equivalents will be reviewed and must be approved by us.
        • Check or money order, payable to the Department of Licensing, for the application fee – fee covers the Fundamentals of Geology exam (if needed), the Practice of Geology exam, and your initial 1-year license fee.
      • Go to step 3 below.
  3. Complete section 1 of an Employment and Experience Verification form for each work experience you are having verified. Have the work verifier complete section 2 and return the form to the address shown at the top of the form.
    • If you're only requesting one experience verification, you must also complete one Personal Reference form and have the reference return the form to the address shown at the top of the form.
  4. If you haven't passed the Fundamentals of Geology exam and you're submitting college coursework, have your college or university send official transcripts to the mailing address shown below.
  5. After you are approved by the Board to take the ASBOG® Practice of Geology exam (and the Fundamentals exam, if needed):
    • We will send you an ASBOG® National Examination Candidate Request form
    • Complete the lower section of the form and send it with the exam fees directly to ASBOG®.
    • After payment has been received by ASBOG®, you will receive an exam admission letter about one month before the exam date.
  6. Take and pass the Practice of Geology exam (and the Fundamentals of Geology exam, if needed).
  7. After we receive passing exam score(s) from ASBOG®, we'll issue your license.

Mailing address

Geologist Licensing Board
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507-9012
Email: geologist@dol.wa.gov (Email must come directly from the third party)

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