Promoting the Profession
of Geology in New York State

To obtain a Professional Geologist License in New York State, please visit: 

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/

License Requirements
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Meet education requirements (refer to http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/geolic.htm#educ for specific details):
    • Option 1: BA or BS in geological sciences, including coursework in mathematics and supporting sciences, and coursework in earth materials, sedimentary geology, geotechnology, surficial and near-surface geology, hydrogeology, geodynamics and geophysics, economic geology, and/or geological skills/applications; OR 
    • Option 2: Bachelor's degree in a related science or engineering field and a master's or doctorate degree in geological sciences that fulfills the above-referenced coursework requirements; OR 
    • Option 3: Qualify with 12 years of acceptable experience. 
  • Meet experience requirements (refer to http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/geolic.htm#educ for specific details):
    • Encompass a broad range of geological disciplines; 
    • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of geological principles and concepts and the ability to apply them to the practical solution of geological problems or issues;
    • Demonstrate progressive professional practice beyond data collection, routine sampling, laboratory work, or geological drafting, that requires independent judgment, competency, and accountability such that you are qualified to assume responsible charge of geological work;
    • Include the appropriate number of years of experience based on the credit earned for education.
  • Pass the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and Principles of Geology (PG) exams (refer to http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/geolic.htm#exam for specific details).  The next ASBOG examination in New York State will be held in October 2017.  The application deadline for this examination is May 8, 2017.

To apply for a license under the Grandparent Provision, the applicant must meet all requirements for licensure except for the ASBOG examination requirement (refer to http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/geolic.htm#grampy for specific details).  All applications made under the Grandparent Provision must be postmarked by the expiration date of November 20, 2017.

If the applicant is licensed in another state and meets all of the requirements (including passing the examination) for licensure in New York State, the applicant may apply for licensure through Endorsement (refer to http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/geolic.htm#state for specific details).


For correspondence relating to Membership, Corporate Sponsorship, and Advertising:
NYSCPG Treasurer
P.O. Box 208
Clarence Center, NY 14032-0208

For all other correspondence:
NYSCPG
P.O. Box 10576
Albany, NY 12201

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