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Licensure / Certification Boards for Geologists

The following states require continuing education: Alabama, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

SUMMARY OF STATE REGISTRATION CEU REQUIREMENTS (PDF file or Excel file)

Alabama (Practice)

(334) 420-7236 
AL Board of Licensure for Prof. Geologists
E-mail:  geology@alstateboard.com  
http://www.algeobd.alabama.gov/

Continuing Education Requirements: 30 HRS PDH per biennium
http://www.algeobd.alabama.gov/continue_ed.aspx?sm=d_c

 

Alaska (Title)

(907) 465-2691
AK Division of Occupational Licensing
E-Mail:  ProfessionalGeologists@alaska.gov
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing.aspx

Geologist certification in Alaska is based solely upon the registration requirements of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Certifications have no expiration date and require no renewal fees.

Arizona (Practice)

(602) 364-4930
AZ Board of Technical Registration
http://www.btr.state.az.us/

 

Arkansas (Practice)

(501) 296-1877
AR State Board of Reg. for Prof. Geologists
E-mail:  pgboard@arkansas.gov
http://www.state.ar.us/agc/bor.htm

 

California (Practice/Specialties)

(916) 263-2222
CA Board for Geologists and Geophysicists
E-mail:  geology@dca.ca.gov
https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/

Continuing Education Requirements: None - under consideration to add requirement

 

Delaware (Practice)
(302) 744-4500
DE State Board of Registration of Geologists
E-mail:  customerservice.dpr@delaware.gov
https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/geology/

Continuing Education Requirements: 12-24 hours biannually
https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/geology/education/

Florida (Practice)

(850) 487-1395
FL Board of Professional Geologists
https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=true&boardid=53&SID=

 

Georgia (Practice)

(478) 207-1400
GA State Board of Reg. for Prof. Geologists
https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/26

 

Idaho (Practice)

(208) 334-2268
ID Board of Registration for Prof. Geologists
E-mail:  GEO@ibol.idaho.gov  
https://dopl.idaho.gov/DOPLPortal/Home.aspx

 

Illinois (Practice)

(217) 785-0800
IL Dept. of Professional Regulation
https://www.idfpr.com/profs/Geology.asp

 

Indiana (Title)

(812) 855-5067
IN Geological Survey Dept of Natural Res.
https://igws.indiana.edu/lpg/

 

Kansas (Practice)

(785) 296-3053
KS State Board of Technical Professions
E-mail:  ksbtp1@ink.org
https://www.ksbtp.ks.gov/

Continuing Education Requirements: 30 hrs / 2 year renewal
https://www.ksbtp.ks.gov/continuing-education/guidelines

 

Kentucky (Practice)

(502) 892-4261
KY Board of Registration for Prof. Geologists
E-mail:  rpg@ky.gov
http://bpg.ky.gov/  

 

Louisiana (Practice)

(225) 505-3766
Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists
E-mail: apply@lbopg.org
http://lbopg.org/home.html

Continuing Education Requirements: Fifteen (15) hours of continuing education are required for the annual renewal of a P.G. license, with one of those hours in the area of Professional Ethics.
http://www.lbopg.org/resources/continuing-education

 

Maine (Practice)

(207) 624-8603
State Board of Cert. for Geologists & Soil Science
E-mail:  geologists.board@maine.gov  
https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/geologists/index.html

 

Minnesota (Practice)

(651) 296-2388
Board of AELSAG & ID
https://www.mn.gov/aelslagid/geology.html

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 hrs biannually
https://www.mn.gov/aelslagid/continuinged.html

 

Mississippi (Practice)

(601) 354-6370
MS State Board of Registered Prof. Geologists
E-mail:  geology@msbrpg.ms.gov
http://www.msbrpg.state.ms.us/

 

Missouri (Practice)

(573) 526-7625
MO Board of Geologist Registration
E-Mail:  geology@pr.mo.gov  
http://pr.mo.gov/geologists.asp

 

Nebraska (Practice)

(402) 471-8383
Nebraska Board of Geologists
E-mail:  nebog.board@nebraska.gov  
https://nebog.nebraska.gov/

 

New Hampshire (Practice)

(603) 271-0239
NH Joint Board of Licensure and Certification
https://www.oplc.nh.gov/geologists/index.htm

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 hrs biannually
https://www.oplc.nh.gov/geologists/education.htm

 

New Jersey (Practice)

(609) 984-3424
Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board
Email:  SRPLBoardContact@dep.nj.gov 
https://www.nj.gov/lsrpboard/board/licensure/lsrp_licensure_info_forms.html

Continuing Education Requirements: 36 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) during the three year term of license.
https://www.nj.gov/lsrpboard/board/education/

 

New York (Practice)

(518) 474-3817  press 1, then ext. 570 
NY Office of the Professions 
http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/  

 

North Carolina (Practice)

(919) 850-9669  
NC Board for Licensing of Geologists
http://www.ncblg.org/

Continuing Education Requirements: 12 PDH hours per year
https://www.ncblg.org/ce/

Oregon (Practice/Specialties)

(503) 566-2837   
OR State Board of Geologist Examiners
E-mail:  osbge.info@state.or.us
http://www.oregon.gov/OSBGE/Pages/index.aspx

Continuing Education Requirements:  8 hours per yearhttps://www.oregon.gov/osbge/Resgistration/Pages/Continuing-Education.aspx

 

Pennsylvania (Practice)

(717) 783-7049 
PA State Board of Professional Engineers,
Land Surveyors & Geologists
E-mail:  ST-Engineer@pa.gov
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/engbd/mainpage.htm

 

South Carolina (Practice)

(803) 896-4575
SC State Board of Registration for Geologists
E-mail:  Contact.Geologists@llr.sc.gov
https://www.llr.sc.gov/geo/pub.aspx

Continuing Education Requirements: 32 hrs biennium
https://www.llr.sc.gov/geo/forms/Continuting_Education_Submissions.pdf

 

Tennessee (Title)

(615) 741-2241
TN Dept. of Commerce & Ins. Div. of Reg. Board
E-mail:  Geology.Board@TN.Gov
https://www.tn.gov/commerce/regboards/geologists.html

 

Texas (Practice)

(512) 936-4400   
TX Board of Professional Geoscientists
E-mail:  licensing@tbpg.texas.gov 
http://www.tbpg.state.tx.us/

 

Utah (Practice)

(801) 530-6628
UT Council of Professional Geologists
E-mail:  sduncombe@utah.gov
https://dopl.utah.gov/geo/index.html

 

Virginia (Title)

(804) 367-8506
VA Board of Geology Dept. of Professional and Occupational Regulation
E-mail:  Geology@dpor.virginia.gov 
http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/SSWPG/

 

Washington (Practice)

(360) 664-1497
WA State of Washington Department of Licensing Geologist Licensing Program
E-mail:  geologist@dol.wa.gov
http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/geologist/

 

Wisconsin (Practice)

(608) 266-2112
WI Dept. of Regulation & Licensing
E-mail:  dspcredghssboard@wisconsin.gov
http://drl.wi.gov/prof/geol/def.htm

 

Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists

(307) 742-1118
E-mail:  prof.geo@wyo.gov
Web site: http://wbpg.wy.gov/Default.aspx

States with Statutory Definition


Colorado

(303) 384-2655
Karen Berry, State Geologist
E-mail:  kaberry@mines.edu
https://coloradogeologicalsurvey.org/about/

 

Oklahoma

(405) 325-7968
Dr. Nick W. Hayman, State Geologist
hayman@ou.edu
www.ou.edu/special/ogs-pttc

States with Partial Regulation


Connecticut

(860) 424-3788
CT Licensed Environmental Prof. Program
https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Remediation--Site-Clean-Up/Licensed-Environmental-Professional-Program/Licensed-Environmental-Professional-Program

 

Iowa (UST groundwater work)

(515) 725-8310
IA Underground Storage Tank Section
E-mail:  Bonnie.Garrison@dnr.iowa.gov
https://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Land-Quality/Underground-Storage-Tanks/Licensed-UST-Professionals

 

Massachusetts

(617) 556-1091
Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site
Cleanup Professionals
E-mail:  lsp.board@state.ma.us
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-hazardous-waste-site-cleanup-professionals

 

Michigan

(517) 334-6907
MI Dept. of Environmental Quality
http://www.michigan.gov/deq/1,1607,7-135-3311---,00.html

 

Missouri

(573) 751-1600
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
E-mail:  opcert@dnr.mo.gov
https://dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/opcert/oprtrain.htm

 

Nevada

 NV Dept. of Conserv. and Natural Resources
https://nvbpels.org/

 

South Dakota

(605) 394-2510
SD Board of Technical Professionals
E-mail:  sdbtp@state.sd.us
https://dlr.sd.gov/btp/default.aspx

Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG)

Phone: (803) 739-5676
E-mail:  asbog@asbog.org
http://www.asbog.org



Title Acts - the state is the entity that qualifies the practitioners, usually through a board. It grants a title, e.g., "Certified," and restricts its use. Only the title is restricted, not the practice.

Practice Acts - states have statutes similar to title acts, but which restrict practice to those qualified by the state.