Geologist License Exam
The ASBOG (National Association of State Boards of Geology) exam, your last geology hurdle getting you out of the geologist-in-training title. The information provided is subject to the state you are in and their specific requirements. Before becoming a licensed professional geologist, you usually have to gain 5 years of professional experience or at least 3 years and have taken the geologist-in-training exam. The two exam, usually offered in twice a year in March/October, cover topics ranging from environmental geology to engineering and petroleum geology. It’ll basically test you on everything you’ve learned and then some.
Fundamentals of Geology Exam (FG) - this exam covers basic core principals universal to all accredited geology programs. It's mostly focused on the basics of what you learn as a geology student.
Geologist in Training (GIT) - once you pass the FG exam you are a GIT.
Practice of Geology Exam (PG) - this is the exam for people who have been working in the field of geology for a specific number of years (varies from state to state) and focuses more on practical applications of geology that are used in the most common geology-related fields - the focus is primarily on applications in oil and gas exploration/ development, mining, and environmental/ hydrogeology applications.
Professional Geologist (PG) - in some places referred to as Licensed Professional Geologist (LPG) or Registered Geologist (RG), likely to try to distinguish the acronym from the exam, which can be confusing; this is someone who has passed both the FG and the PG exam.
Links to requirements for each state (only 32 require a license): (under construction)