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Licensure / Certification Boards for Geologists

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

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

Alabama (Practice) - (334) 269-9990
AL Board of Licensure for Prof. Geologists
E-mail: ALGEOBD@aol.com
http://www.algeobd.state.al.us/

Continuing Education Requirement: 30 HRS PDH per biennium
http://www.algeobd.state.al.us/pdfs/11_05/CEU_GUIDELINES_11_17_05.pdf

Alaska (Title) - (907) 465-2534
AK Division of Occupational Licensing
E-Mail: license@dced.state.ak.us
http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/

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: connie.raper@mail.state.ar.us
http://www.state.ar.us/agc/bor.htm

California (Practice/Specialties) - (916) 263-2113
CA Board for Geologists and Geophysicists
E-mail: geology@dca.ca.gov
http://www.dca.ca.gov/geology

Continuing Education Requirements: None - under consideration to add requirement

Delaware (Practice) - (302) 739-4522
DE State Board of Registration of Geologists
E-mail: vgingrich@state.de.us
http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/geology/index.shtml

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

Florida (Practice) - (850) 487-7990
FL Board of Professional Geologists
E-mail: Leon.Biegalski@dbpr.state.fl.us
http://www.state.fl.us/dbpr/pro/geolo/geo_index.shtml

Georgia (Practice) - (478) 207-1400
GA State Board of Reg. for Prof. Geologists
E-mail: arpassmore@sos.state.ga.us
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/default800.asp

Idaho (Practice) - (208) 334-2268
ID Board of Registration for Prof. Geologists
E-mail: ibpg@ipbg.state.id.us
http://www2.state.id.us/ibpg/

Illinois (Practice) - (217) 785-0800
IL Dept. of Professional Regulation
http://www.idfpr.com

Indiana (Title) - (812) 855-5067
IN Geological Survey Dept of Natural Res.
E-mail: amawilso@indiana.edu
http://igs.indiana.edu

Kansas (Practice) - (785) 296-3053
KS State Board of Technical Professions
E-mail: ksbtp1@ink.org
http://www.accesskansas.org/ksbtp/

Continuing Education Requirements: 30 hrs / 2 year renewal
http://www.kansas.gov/ksbtp/ceinfo.html

Kentucky (Practice) - (502) 564-3296 ext. 227
KY Board of Registration for Prof. Geologists
E-mail: Diana.Mangeot@mail.state.ky.us
http://bpg.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana (Practice) - (225) 769-2765
Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists
E-mail: mbkumar1@gmail.com
http://lbopg.org/home.html
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.

Maine (Practice) - (207) 624-8603
State Brd of Cert. for Geologists & Soil Sci.
E-mail: sandra.a.leach@state.me.us
http://www.state.me.us/pfr/olr/

Minnesota (Practice) - (651) 296-2388
Board of AELSAG & ID
E-mail: shari.telega@state.mn.us
http://www.aelslagid.state.mn.us/

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 hrs biannually
http://www.aelslagid.state.mn.us/conted.html

Minnesota Board - statute changes effective of August 1, 2014

The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design statute has changes that are effective August 1, 2014.

One of the changes concerns professional development hours and the Board has received many questions regarding the new ethics requirement. In order to renew in 2016, licensees and certificate holders must report a minimum of two professional development hours of professional ethics. The total number of professional development hours required (24) has not changed. The ethics hours must have been earned during the biennium to which they are applied and shall not be used toward carryover. This means that two professional ethics hours are required for the 2016 renewal.

For details on the statute changes go to: http://www.aelslagid.state.mn.us

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

Missouri (Practice) - (573) 526-7625
MO Board of Geology Registration
E-Mail: geo@mail.state.mo.us
http://pr.mo.gov/geologists.asp

Nebraska (Practice/Specialties) - (402) 471-8383
Nebraska State Board of Geologists
E-mail: geology@nol.org
http://www.geology.state.ne.us/board/nbg.htm

New Hampshire (Practice) - (603) 271-2219
NH Joint Board of Licensure and Certification
http://www.state.nh.us/jtboard/home.htm

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 hrs biannually
http://www.nh.gov/jtboard/geoce.htm

New Jersey (Practice) - (609) 292-8761
(only groundwater consultant- UST work)
Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/srp/

An Update from the NYS Council Professional Geologists, Transition Committee Chair and Past-President
John M. Nadeau, CPG-11181

The law that establishes the profession of geology in New York State was signed by Governor Cuomo in November 2014. This law is identified as Chapter 475 of 2014.  As a requirement to signing that legislation, the Governor noted that three specific Chapter Amendments were needed to 1) correct a typographical error, 2) allow flexibility in administrating future exams, and 3) to appoint geologists to the joint Professional Board for Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology, in order to facilitate the regulation-writing phase in a timely manner.  Those Chapter Amendments that were requested by the Governor passed both legislative houses in early March, and then were forwarded to Governor Cuomo’s office where he signed the amendments on March 16, 2015. The amendment legislation was codified into law as Chapter 9 of the Laws of 2015.

To appoint representative geologists on the Licensing Board, the State Education Department, Office of the Professions reviewed the applications of several geologists during January and February.  Three people were referred to the NYS Board of Regents and were approved at their March 2015 meeting. The approval by the Regents and the Governor’s signature on the Chapter Amendments were the final hurdles to geologists being added to the Licensing Board.  We are pleased to announce that David A. Franzi, Ph.D., William J. Kelly, Ph.D., and Jean Neubeck, CPG-11438, were confirmed by the Regents on March 17, 2015.  Now that three geologist representatives have been added to the joint Board, a committee will be formed to prepare the regulations for the State Education Department.

The NYS State Education Department portal to download applications, review the (pending) regulations, once those are established, and other information for the Profession of Geology can be accessed at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/geo/. As always, you are welcome to contact John at jnadeau@alphageoscience.com with questions regarding the process of the Law’s establishment and implementation.

North Carolina (Practice) - (919) 850-9669
NC Board for Licensing of Geologists
E-mail: ncblg@bellsouth.net
http://www.ncblg.org/

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

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

South Carolina (Practice) - (803) 896-4497
SC State Board of Registration for Geologists
E-mail: hayesd@mail.llr.state.sc.us
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Geologists/

Continuing Education Requirements: 32 hrs biennium
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Geologists/forms/CE%20Guidelines%202006a.pdf

Tennessee (Title) - (615) 741-3611
TN Dept. of Commerce & Ins. Div. of Reg. Board
E-mail: dmoulder@mail.state.tn.us
http://www.state.tn.us/commerce/boards/geology/index.html

Texas - (Practice) (210) 375-9000
TX Board of Professional Geoscientists
E-mail: emiller@pape-dawson.com
http://www.tbpg.state.tx.us/

Utah - (Practice) (801) 466-6769
UT Council of Professional Geologists
E-mail: president@utahpg.org
http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/geologist.html

Virginia (Title) - (804) 367-2406
VA Board of Geology Dept. of Professional and Occupational Regulation
E-mail: Geology@dpor.state.va.us
http://www.state.va.us/dpor/geo_main.htm

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

Wisconsin (Practice) - (608) 266-5511
WI Dept. of Regulation & Licensing
E-mail: web@drl.state.wi.us
http://drl.wi.gov/prof/geol/def.htm

Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists - (307) 742-1118
E-mail:  wbpg@state.wy.us
Web site: http://wbpg.wy.gov/Default.aspx

States with Statutory Definition
Colorado - (303) 866-2611
Vince Matthews, State Geologist
E-mail: vince_matthews@state.co.us
http://geosurvey.state.co.us/

Oklahoma - (405) 325-3031
Dr. Charles Mankin, State Geologist
cjmankin@ou.edu
www.ou.edu/special/ogs-pttc

States with Partial Regulation
Connecticut - (860) 424-3700
CT Licensed Environmental Prof. Program
http://dep.state.ct.us/pao/PERDfact/LEP.htm

Iowa (UST groundwater work) - (515) 281-8135
IA Underground Storage Tank Section
E-mail: jim.humeston@dnr.state.ia.us
http://www.igsb.uiowa.edu/

Massachusetts - (617) 556-1091
Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site
Cleanup Professionals
http://www.state.ma.us/lsp/

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

Missouri - (573) 751-3443
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
E-mail: oac@mail.dnr.state.mo.us
http://www.dnr.state.mo.us/geology.htm

Nevada - (702) 687-3016
NV Dept. of Conserv. and Natural Resources
http://www.state.nv.us/cnr/index.htm

South Dakota - (605) 394-2510
SD Board of Technical Professionals
E-mail: ann.whipple@state.sd.us
http://www.state.sd.us/dcr/engineer/eng-hom.htm

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.

 

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy and efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.