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.


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Advisory Notice

Regulatory Amendments approved and Effective January 1, 2022

The New York State Board of Regents approved regulatory amendments in engineering, land surveying and geology that are effective January 1, 2022. These regulatory amendments offer greater flexibility by updating and modernizing the continuing education requirements for professional engineers and land surveyors while implementing continuing education requirements for professional geologists. For a detailed view of the regulatory amendments, see the Regulations of the Commissioner on our website at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/part68.htm.

Below is a summary of the major regulatory changes:

  • The continuing education requirements may be completed via courses of learning or in live classes as determined by the licensee, provided that the continuing education is completed through a Department-approved sponsor and is in an acceptable subject area
  • Professional engineers, land surveyors and professional geologists may now complete their continuing education in additional subject areas, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design.
  • Six hours of "carry over" credit may now be used from one registration period to another, within certain parameters.
  • Any licensed professional geologist whose first registration date following January 1, 2022 occurs less than three years from that date, but on or after January 1, 2023, shall complete continuing education hours on a prorated basis at the rate of one hour of acceptable continuing education per month for the period beginning January 1, 2022 up to the first registration date thereafter. Such continuing education shall be completed during the period beginning January 1, 2023 and ending before the first day of the new registration period or at the option of the licensee during any time in the previous registration period.
  • Professional geologists have been added to the provisions relating to conduct that is not considered unprofessional conduct in the design professions. This was inadvertently omitted from the Regents Rules when geology became a licensed profession in 2016.
Eligibility for the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and Principles and Practice of Geology (PG) examinations.

  • The ASBOG examination administrations are held in March and October 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 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 has closed.
  • Registration for the October examination administration opens April 1, 2022. The deadline for the October Scantron examination registration and payment process is July 17, 2022. There are no extensions. Please remember that 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.
Last Updated: February 4, 2022