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Examinations: Geologists

National Association of State Boards of Geology Exam

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

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

ASBOG Candidate Exam Handbook

How to apply

Before you can take the exam, make sure you meet the minimum requirements.

To take the exam, you must complete the following:

ASBOG exam schedule
Exam date and location Due date for application and fees
October 7, 2022
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Commerce
Tacoma, WA 98402
July 15, 2022
March 17, 2023
Computer-based testing

Note: ASBOG no longer proctors exams at a physical location. They now offer the exam as computer-based training at partner locations.
December 31, 2022

Exam fees

You'll need to pay 2 different fees:

  1. The cost to apply for the ASBOG exams is $100 (check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing). This fee includes your application, license, and certificate.
  2. After you receive our approval letter to take the exam, you'll need to pay the exam fee to ASBOG.
    • If you don't pay the ASBOG fee by their deadline, you won't be able to take the exam.

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).

Specialty exams

We also administer exams 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 exam.

Engineering geologist and Hydrogeologist licensing examination

Engineering geologist and Hydrogeologist 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.

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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