Geology

Advisory Notice: New York State Professional Geology Licensure

At this time, the New York State Education Department is accepting applications for licensure under the grandparent provision or through endorsement for applicants who are licensed in another jurisdiction.

Applications will be accepted immediately and licenses will be issued to those applicants meeting the qualifications for licensure through the grandparent provision or endorsement starting November 21, 2016.

The grandparent provision of the law expires on November 20, 2017.  Therefore, all applications made under the grandparent provision of the law must be postmarked by the expiration date of November 20, 2017.

Information on applying for licensure under the grandparent provision may be found on our website here

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

Please note: Applications for the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology examination and/or Practice of Geology examination are NOT being accepted at this time. Please return to this site periodically to check on when those types of applications will begin being accepted.

Corporate Entities

In accordance with Chapter 260 of the laws of 2016, entities that are currently lawfully providing geology services may continue to do so prior to March 1, 2018 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. Information and forms for a Certificate of Authorization to provide professional geology services may be found on our website here http://www.op.nysed.gov/corp/.



New York State Institutions/Schools - ONLY

For information and related forms for those New York State institutions/schools who 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 August 19, 2016 the Governor signed Chapter 260 of the Laws of 2016 which amends the business corporation law and the limited liability company law, in relation to the incorporation of certain businesses for the purpose of practicing professional geology; and to amend chapter 475 of the laws of 2014 amending the education law, the business corporation law and other laws relating to providing for the licensing of the profession of geology.

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 does not take effect until November 21, 2016.

Under the provisions of the new law, Geology has been added to the current State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (State Board). As of November 21, 2016, the State Board will be 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 has 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 will become effective November 21, 2016 and can be found on our web site here. Please check back for additional updates in the coming months.

Last Updated: November 9, 2016