General Information on Alabama Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

Current Active Licensees

Title Licensees
Professional Geologist 559

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists

Licensing Board Website:

Continuing Education and Experience

Degree required:

Minimum degree level required to licensure as specified by the state regulations. ‘Other’ indicates that minimum education requirements must be met that are considered equivalent to a college degree, or minimum experience requirements must be met. See notes and applicable state laws and regulations for complete information.

  • Not specified

Majors accepted:

Majors defined in the state regulations as acceptable to obtain a professional geologist or geoscientist license, or for the specified environmental professional license in states without a PG license.

  • Engineering Geology
  • Geology
  • Related Geological Sciences

Courses required:

  • Structural Geology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Historical Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Field Geology
  • Physical Geology

Courses accepted:

  • Paleontology
  • Hydrology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Other
  • Geomorphology
  • Economic Geology
  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Sedimentology
  • Optical Mineralogy
  • Engineering Geology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Geophysics

Geology credits required: 30

Minimum number of semester hours in relevant course work required for licensure. Thirty (30) semester hours = forty-five (45) quarter hours; twenty-four (24) semester hours = thirty-six (36) quarter hours.

Credit information: A minimum of 30 semester hours or their equivalent of coursework in geological science are required.

Education Notes: See the state regulations for a complete explanation of the education requirements for licensure.

Years of experience required: 8

Experience credits needed: 1

Experience information: At least five years of full-time professional geological work after receipt of a Bachelor’s degree is required. The board, at its discretion, may give a maximum of one year of credit for each graduate degree in geology,engineering geology, or one of the related geological sciences.

Continuing education requirements: Yes

Continuing education years: 15

Continuing education details: Thirty (30) CEU are required for the biennial renewal period. Licensees 65 and older are exempt. No continuing education activities are required during the initial licensing period and renewal is automatic for the second two (2)-year period of licensure upon application. In order to apply for a second renewal of licensure applicants must have satisfactorily completed continuing education requirements.

Geologist in Training license available: Yes

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: No

Fundamentals of Geology test details: The rules, regulations and board website do not specifically address taking the FG examination before degree completion. There is not language that is considered to be interpretable as such.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: A.A.C. 364-X-6-.01

Sunset and Audit Legislation Information

Most registration and licensure systems include structural approaches to review both the need and operational effectiveness of the process.

Some states provide formal sunset evaluation processes for their licensure programs. Many also include a periodic audit process of the licensure program/agency, which can range from cursory financial reviews to comprehensive evaluation of program effectiveness.

The audit process is often leveraged when political pressure is applied to eliminate geologist licensure, so awareness of the history and codes for audits and sunset evaluations is critical to montioring the health of the licensure within the state.

Current modes for sunsetting evaluation: Both sunset review and audit

License subject to sunset review: Possible

License subject to audit review: Yes

Sunset regulation name: Alabama Sunset Law of 1981

Sunset statute: Alabama Code, Title 41 State Government, Chapter 20 Continuation or Termination of State Agencies

Sunset statute reference:

Sunset committee: Sunset Committee

Composition of sunset committee: Twelve members, equally divided between the Senate and the House of Representatives

Sunset committee website:

Sunset duration: varies

Sunset notes: Sectoin Section 34-41-24 states that, “The Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists shall be subject to the provisions of the Alabama Sunset Law of 1981, and shall be classified as an enumerated agency pursuant to Section 41-20-3. The board shall dissolve on October 1, 1997, unless continued as therein provided and, if continued, the board shall be reviewed every four years thereafter.” The Sunset Committee website only has 2019 sunset reports posted. Past reports are not available on their website. The Department of Examiners performs “operational audits” and sunset reviews that go beyond the traditional audits and address economy, efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Other sunset references: Resource Manual for Alabama Regulatory Boards and Commissions

Other sunset references website:

Auditor name: Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts

Auditor website:

Audit statute: The Code of Alabama, Title 41. State Government, Chapter 5A. Examiners of Public Accounts

Audit Statute abbreviation: The Code of Alabama, Title 41. State Government, Chapter 5A. Examiners of Public Accounts Section 41-5A-1

Audit statute link:

Audit duration: At least once every two years

Audit legislation committee: Joint Legislative Committee on Finance and Budgets

Audit legislation committee website: Joint Legislative Committee on Finances and Budgets

Audit notes: The majority of audit work performed by the Department consists of traditional financial and compliance audits, including Federal compliance. These audits focus on two areas: reliability and accuracy of financial statements; and compliance with laws, ordinances, regulations, and other requirements.

Audit reference: Resource Manual for Alabama Regulatory Boards and Commissions

Audit reference website:

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1976 Sunset law created Alabama Sunset Law of 1976, Act No. 512
1981 Sunset law amended TBD
1982 Sunset law amended TBD
1995 Practice regulation The Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists was created.
1997 ASBOG The first ASBOG exam was administered.
2004 Audit Audit Report 25S-6
2008 Audit Audit Report 29S-8 to Sunset Chairman
2012 Audit Audit Report 12-388
2012 Audit Audit Report 13S-7 To Sunset Chairman
2015 Audit Audit Report 15-427
2016 Audit Audit Report 17S-5
2017 Audit Audit Report 17-455