Geology

Due to the volume and complexity of review, Geology applications typically take at least 12 weeks to process after all documentation has been submitted. Applications with education from outside the U.S. and applications that do not contain sufficient detail usually require a lengthier review process. After you have had all of your documentation submitted, please allow at least 6 weeks before submitting a Contact Us Form to verify your application is complete. We cannot provide the status of a licensure application by phone. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.


Advisory Notice

Eligibility for the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and Principles and Practice of Geology (PG) examinations.
  • The ASBOG examination administrations are held in October and March each year. Application forms and instructions on how to apply for the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and/or Practice of Geology (PG) examinations are available on our website here.
  • To schedule and pay the fee for the examination(s) for which you have been approved, you must register through the Scantron Assessment (formerly Castle Worldwide) website. Instructions for the registration and payment for the examination administration will be provided on the Scantron Assessment website.
  • Registration for the March examination administration opens in early November. The deadline for the March Scantron examination registration and payment process is January 2, 2020. There are no extensions. Please remember it is your responsibility to complete this registration and payment process by the deadline.
  • Information regarding ASBOG examination specifications can be found at www.ASBOG.org
New York State Professional Geology Licensure through Endorsement.

Information on applying for licensure through the endorsement process when the applicant is licensed in another jurisdiction and has completed both the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology and Practice of Geology licensure examinations may be found on our website here.

New York State Professional Geology Licensure through Grandparent provision

The grandparent provision of the law expired on November 20, 2017. Therefore, we are no longer accepting applications under the grandparent provision.

New York State Institutions/Schools - ONLY

For information and related forms for those New York State institutions/schools that wish to register their professional geology educational programs with the New York State Education Department as a licensure qualifying program, please see the following section on the New York State Institutions/Schools Registration.
On November 21, 2014 the Governor signed Chapter 475 of the Laws of 2014 which provides for the licensure of professional geologists under Title VIII of the Education Law. The Law went into effect November 21, 2016.

Under the provisions of the new law, Geology was added to the existing State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (State Board). As of November 21, 2016, the State Board is known as the State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology. To assist the Board of Regents and the Department in implementing geology licensing provisions, the Board of Regents appointed qualified geologists to the State Board. The State Board assisted the Board of Regents and the Department in developing the regulations that establish the education, experience, examination, age, moral character and fee requirements for applicants seeking licensure as a professional geologist. These regulations were adopted at the July 2016 Regents meeting and became effective November 21, 2016. They can be found on our web site here.

On October 1, 2018 the Governor signed Chapter 302 of the laws of 2018. In accordance with Chapter 302 of the laws of 2018 and Chapter 260 of the laws of 2016, entities that are currently lawfully providing geology services may continue to do so prior to March 1, 2019 as they work to bring their organizations into compliance with the statutory requirements of education law, business corporation law and the limited liability company law as they relate to the practice of geology. More information on these applicants can be found here. Information and forms for a Certificate of Authorization to provide professional geology services may be found on our website here www.op.nysed.gov/corp/.
Last Updated: September 26, 2019