How to get your license: Geologists, engineering geologists, or hydrogeologists by reciprocity
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To get a geologist license by reciprocity, 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 1 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
- If you have only 1 experience to verify, you must also submit 1 person reference
- Have passed the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) Fundamentals of Geology and Practice of Geology examinations, or other Board-approved equivalent examinations
- Be currently licensed, registered, or certified in good standing in a state or jurisdiction approved by the Board.
To get a specialty license by reciprocity, you must:
- Have completed 1 of the following advanced studies pertinent to your chosen specialty.
- 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of graded academic course work
- 270 hours of seminars or workshops
- 540 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a geologist licensed in your chosen specialty, or others qualified to have responsible charge, as determined by the Board
- Have at least 5 years of documented, verifiable experience in your chosen specialty, including at least 3 years under the supervision of a geologist licensed in your chosen specialty. If applying for 2 specialties, you must have at least 5 years of documented, verifiable experience in each specialty.
- If your supervisor isn't a geologist licensed in your chosen specialty, the person verifying the experience must provide their resume to the Board for evaluation and approval.
- Be currently licensed, registered, or certified in good standing as a geologist in a state or jurisdiction approved by the Board and
- Pass a specialty exam adopted by, or acceptable to, the Board or
- Be currently licensed in the specialty in 1 of these states:
- California – engineering geologist or hydrogeologist
- Oregon – engineering geologist
How to apply
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Send us the following:
- Completed Geologist and/or Specialty License Application.
- These education equivalents must be reviewed and approved by us:
- course syllabi/class outlines
- copies of study materials
- the tables of contents of books used in the courses
- certificate of completion for non-academic courses
If you are applying for a specialty license:
After we've reviewed and approved all your required documents:
- If you applied for a geologist license only, we'll issue the geologist license.
- If you applied for a specialty license, we'll let you know if you need to take a specialty exam.
- If you do need to take a specialty exam, we will contact you if any additional information is needed. Otherwise, you will receive an exam admission letter about 1 month before the exam date.
- If you don't need to take a specialty exam, we'll issue your geologist license with the appropriate specialty endorsement.
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