General Information on Delaware Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

Current Active Licensees

Title Licensees
Geologist 313

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: Board of 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.

  • 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.

  • Geology

Courses required:

  • Not specified

Courses accepted:

  • Not specified

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: Thirty (30) credit hours of geology or its subdisciplines, of which 24 credits are third or fourth year courses or graduate courses are required.

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

Years of experience required: 5

Experience credits needed: 0

Experience information: Three (3) of the five (5) years of experience must be in a position of responsible charge of geologic worked defined under the Practice of Geology. The Practice of Geology may take the form of, but is not limited to, consultation, research, investigation, evaluation, mapping, sampling, planning of geologic projects and embracing such geological services or work in connection with any public or private utilities, structures, roads, buildings, processes, works or projects.

Continuing education requirements: Yes

Continuing education years: 12

Continuing education details: Tweny-four (24) CEU are required every two (2) years. If at the time of renewal, a licensee has been licensed for less than one (1) year, no continuing education is required; if he/she has been licensed for more than one (1) year, but less than two (2) years, twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) hours will be required; if he/she has been licensed for two (2) years or more the full twenty-four (24) hours is required.

Geologist in Training license available: No

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: Yes

Fundamentals of Geology test details: The exam can be taken during the applicant’s final semester. Must have completed 30 credit hours in geoscience, of which 24 credits are third or higher year courses. Transcripts must be submitted to the Board with the application.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: D.A.C. Title 24, 3600 Section 7.0 ASBOG Examination, and Board website:

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: Sunset review

License subject to sunset review: No

License subject to audit review: No

Sunset regulation name: Sunset Act

Sunset statute: Delaware Code, Title 29. State Government, Chapter 102. Delaware Legislative Oversight and Sunset Act

Sunset statute reference:

Sunset committee: Division of Professional Regulation, Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee (JLOSC)

Composition of sunset committee: 10 member legislative body composed of 5 members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore; and 5 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House.

Sunset committee website:

Sunset notes: No sunset reviews s of the board were identified. Reports on JLOSC’s website only go back to 2017.

Auditor name: Delaware State Auditor

Auditor website:

Audit statute: Delaware Code, Title 29. State Government, Chapter 29. Auditor of Accounts

Audit Statute abbreviation: Delaware Code, Title 29. State Government, Chapter 29. Auditor of Accounts Section 41-5A-1

Audit statute link:

Audit notes: No audits of the board were identified. Reports on Auditor’s website only go back to 2013.

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1972 Practice regulation The Delaware Board of Geologists was written into the Delaware Code.
1980 Sunset law created 130th General Assembly, Section 4 of 62 Chapter 301 formerly HB 605: An Act to Amend Title 29 of the Delaware Code relating to the periodic review and termination of certain state agencies and providing for a Delaware Sunset Act.
1999 ASBOG The first ASBOG exam was administered.
2008 Sunset law amended 144th General Assembly, Chapter 221 formerly HB 89: an act to amend Title 29 of the Delaware Code relating to the Delaware Sunset Act.
2016 Sunset law amended 48th General Assembly, Chapter 260 formerly HB 343: an Act to amend Title 4 and Title 29 of the Delaware Code relating to the Joint Sunset Committee.
2019 Sunset law amended 150th General Assembly, Chapter 132 formerly SB 115: to amend Title 29 of the Delaware Code relating to the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee