General Information on Arizona Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

Current Active Licensees

Title Licensees
Environmental Engineer 300
Geological Engineer 74
Geophysical Engineer 1
Mining Engineer 115
Petroleum Engineer 5
Geologist 820

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: Arizona Board of Technical Registration

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.

  • Bachelor’s Degree

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.

  • Earth Science
  • Geology

Courses required:

  • Not specified

Courses accepted:

  • Not specified

Geology credits required: Not available

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: Be a graduate of a school approved by the board or have four years or more of education or experience, or both, in work in the profession in which registration is sought that meets standards specified by the board in its rules.

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

Years of experience required: 8

Experience credits needed: 5

Experience information: The Board shall grant credit according to the following: geology applicants with bachelor’s degree in geology or earth sciences: 48 months. Geology applicants with a master’s or doctoratedegree in geology or earth sciences: 60 months.

Continuing education requirements: No

Geologist in Training license available: Yes

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: Yes

Fundamentals of Geology test details: To qualify for admission to the fundamentals examination solely on the basis of education, an applicant shall be a graduate or be in the final year of a four-year degree program with a major in geology or earth science at an accredited college or university.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: A.A.C. R4-30-242

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: Yes

License subject to audit review: Yes

Current law to establish new licensure board: Yes

Sunset regulation name: Legislative Review of Agencies and Expiration of New Programs

Sunset statute: Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 41. State Government, Chapter 27. Legislative Review of Agencies and Expiration of New Programs, Articles 1 through 3

Sunset statute reference:

Sunset committee: Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC)

Composition of sunset committee: JLAC consists of 5 Senate members appointed by the President of the Senate and 5 House members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Sunset committee website:

Sunset duration: A maximum of every 10 years

Sunset notes: The 2005 report noted switching to ASBOG exam saved board $30,000 in exam creation and maintenance costs.

Other sunset references: Handbook on Arizona’s Sunset & Sunrise Review

Other sunset references website:

Auditor name: Arizona Auditor General

Auditor website:

Audit statute: Title 41 State Government, Chapter 7. Legislature, Article 10.1. Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Auditor General

Audit Statute abbreviation: Title 41 State Government, Chapter 7. Legislature, Article 10.1. Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Auditor General Section 41-5A-1

Audit statute link:

Audit duration: A maximum of every 10 years

Audit legislation committee: Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC)

Audit legislation committee website:

Audit notes: There have been historical and recent attempts to remove licensing requirements for geologists in the state.

Audit reference: Internal Control and Compliance Reports User Guide

Audit reference website:

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1956 Practice regulation Practice regulation for professional geologists.
1978 Sunset law created enacted as 41-2351
1985 Audit Audit Report on Board of Technical Registration - Auditor General - recommended removing geologists from regulation because it could be eliminated without significantly affecting public health, safety and welfare.
1992 ASBOG The first ASBOG exam was administered.
1995 Audit The audit found that state licensure of geologists was unnecessary because the profession posed no signifianct harm to the public and other adequate safeguards exist to ensure the proper and safe delivery of services.
2005 Sunset review Sunset review of the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration. JLAC recommended the board be continued for a period of ten years.
2015 Sunset review Sunset review document not found.
2015 None Board response to sunset review.
2016 Legislative bill HB2613 Attempted to remove licensing requirements for geologists. The bill passed. Exempted geologists from meeting the qualifications for professional registration.
2017 Executive order Executive Order (EO) 2017-03. The EO required reports on internal review of training requirements, continuing education, fees, and processes. The EO directed that licensing requirements should be as limited as possible.The EO included the State Board of Technical Registration.
2017 None Board of Technical Registration response to EO 2017-03.
2019 Legislative bill HB2231 (did not pass): This bill would not deregulate any profession or occupation. The AZBTR Practice Act would remain intact if it passed. It applied to the Sunset Review regarding a Committee of Reference recommendation for “status” of an occupation or profession by creating government registration or government certification as alternative options to occupational license. Neither the government registration or government certification would confirm credentials or regulates practice. It was unknown who would issue government registration or government certification The bill failed the 3rd read vote on March 4, 2019.
2019 Legislative bill HB2569 becomes effective on August 27, 2019 - Applications for Universal Licensure,