California Occupational License

License Title:
    Professional Geologist
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
     Geologists and Geophysicists Program

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 300
Sacramento,  CA  95833 - 2944

     Phone Number: (916) 263-2222
     Fax Number: (916) 263-2246

     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Professional Geologist

Examination Requirements: National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination (4 hours), Practice of Geology (PG) examination (4 hours), and California Specific (CSE) examination (3 hours).

Application Fee: For current fee schedule, please refer to the Board’s website at:

Background Check: Completing a background check is required for licensure. All applicants are required to submit fingerprints prior to sitting for examination. This applies to all new and refile applicants. For more information, please refer to the Board’s website at:

License: Professional Geologist (PG)

Examination Frequency: Semi-Annual (spring and fall). For details and final filing dates, please refer to the Board’s website at:

Exam Locations: The ASBOG FG and PG exams alternate between Northern and Southern California. Please refer to the examination schedule on the Board’s website at:

The California Specific Examination is given statewide at designated locations. For more information, please refer to the Board’s website at:

Education Requirement: Graduation from a college or university with a major in geological sciences or any other discipline that, in the opinion of the Board, is relevant to geology.

Experience Requirement: Three (3) years of professional geological experience of a character satisfactory to the Board (after receiving a qualifying degree), demonstrating that the applicant is qualified to assume responsible charge of this work upon licensure as a geologist. For more information, please refer to the Board’s website at:

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Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 192042