Our Mission

The New York State Council of Professional Geologists (NYSCPG) is the principal organization of professional geologists responsible for the advancement of the competent and ethical practice of geology in New York State.  NYSCPG’s primary missions, on behalf of its members, are to strengthen and advance the application of geological sciences as a profession by providing leadership, advocacy, and education to promote the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, and the balanced protection of the environment. For our full mission statement and statement of services, visit About Us

What is a professional geologist?

Geologists do much more than study rocks!  To learn more, visit Careers.

The PG license in New York State

New York State became the 32nd state to require that professional geologists be licensed to practice the profession in the state. Licensure assures the public that decisions regarding geological issues in New York will be made by qualified professionals. New York  agencies recognize the need to protect the public and ensure competency by requiring certain activities be performed by licensed professionals, including geologists. Given the geological issues in New York, there has never been a better time or stronger need to mandate the professional licensure of geologists to help protect New York's citizens, natural resources, and the environment. For more information, see Licensure.

Please also review our new fact sheet on licensure! 

The NYSCPG Factsheet was prepared by Ecology and Environment, Inc. A big THANK YOU to ENE for their generosity and support!!!

License Statistics (as of February 5, 2020)

  • Total NYS-Licensed Professional Geologists: 1,249
  • Total NYS-Based NYS Professional Geologists: 703 (56.3%)
  • Total NYS-Licensed Professional Geologists from Bordering States (CT, NJ, MA, PA, and VT): 348 (27.9%)
  • Professional Geologists from 39 States and 3 Countries (CN, UK, and the North Marianas Islands) 

For more information, see Statistics.

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Membership and Sponsorship

If you are a geologist working or studying in New York State, we invite you to join the NYSCPG. We also welcome and appreciate academic and corporate sponsorship. Keep current, keep connected! 

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Geology Word of the Day

We use our LinkedIn page on a weekly basis to highlight unique geological features across New York State and showcase what professional geologists do! The posts are structured to exhibit geological terms we learned about in our undergraduate and graduate courses and/or use on a day-to-day basis in our professional careers.  Please see our LinkedIn page for previous posts. If you have content to share, please send us a email with the relevant content to post (i.e., term, written description/explanation, and supporting documentation [i.e., images, maps, drawings, etc.]) at


2020-05-01: A recording of the NYSCPG-Alpha CE Bill Webinar from April 1, 2021 is available here

2020-03-05: NYSCPG-Alpha CE Bill FREE WEBINAR on April 1, 2021. Check our calendar for more details

2020-02-01: NYSDEC issues updated comprehensive guidance for sampling and analysis of PFAS for Part 375 Remedial Programs.

2020-11-20: The American Geosciences Institute ( will be giving away $5,000 to help fund a graduate education for (a) graduating geoscientist(s) from an underrepresented minority group. Applications are due February 21, 2021 with the award(s) made in April. Application instructions

2020-09-08: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided earlier this year to postpone our inaugural Saint Patrick’s Day Warm-Up (originally scheduled for March 2020) and recently decided to postpone it indefinitely. Several of our registrants opted to consider their payments as donations to our organization and the NYSCPG Board of Directors wanted to recognize these individual and their companies:

Michael Beckerich and Patty Els – York Analytical Laboratories
Barbara Yanuck – EPhase 2, LLC
William Daddano – Heritage Environmental Services
Jay Boland – Cascade Drilling
Michael Burke and Gregory Wyka – Langan

2020-05-11: Landslide of glaciofluvial deposits threatens homes in Waterford, New York

2020-03-10: Continuing Education Bill introduced to NY State Assembly State Senate

2020-01-24: NYSDEC issues new comprehensive guidance for sampling and analysis of PFAS for Part 375 Remedial Programs.

2019-10-21: Next NYS Geology (FE and PG) Exam is scheduled for March 20, 2020. 

2019-02-15: The USEPA released their Action Plan for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

2019-02-05: The New York State Assembly proposes an amend state law and establish the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act.  See our News page for a copy of the proposed bill and memorandum.

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