General Information on Idaho Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

Current Active Licensees

Title Licensees
Professional Geologist 548
Professional Geologist In Training 37
Professional Geologist Temporary 3

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: Idaho Board of Registration 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.

  • Other

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.

  • Related Geological Sciences

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: The applicant must have thirty (30) semester units or equivalent quarter units in courses in geologicalscience leading to a degree in the geological sciences of which at least twenty-four (24) units are in third or fourth year, and/or graduate courses.

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

Years of experience required: 7

Experience credits needed: 4

Experience information: Minimum 3 years of work under the supervision of a PG, or 5 years of progressive experiene in responsible charge of geological work that is acceptable to the board. Each year of undergraduate study will count as 1/2 year training up to a maximum of 2 years, and each year of graduate study or research counts as a year of training. Credit for undergraduate study, graduate study and teaching shall not exceed 4 years towards the 7 year requirement.

Continuing education requirements: No

Geologist in Training license available: Yes

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: Yes

Fundamentals of Geology test details: Applicants who can satisfy the Board that they will have completed the required course work and number of units and will be graduating at the end of the spring, summer or fall terms of any given year, may be eligible for examination immediately preceding the date of graduation. Applicants must have completed thirty (30) semester units or equivalent quarter units in courses in geological science leading to a degree in the geological sciences of which at least twenty-four (24) units are in third or fourthyear, and/or graduate courses.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: IDAPA 24.04.01, Section 300.01.c

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: Yes

License subject to audit review: No

Current law to establish new licensure board: Yes

Sunset regulation name: Licensing Freedom Act

Sunset statute: Executive Order No. 2017-06 and 2019-01

Sunset statute reference:

Sunset committee: Division of Financial Management

Composition of sunset committee: Legislature

Sunset committee website:

Sunset duration: No fewer than 5 professions will be reviewed each year.

Sunset notes:

Auditor name: Legislative Audit Division

Auditor website:

Audit notes: Licensing boards and the Occupational Licensing Bureau is listed in the agency audt reports list. However, the Idaho Board of Registration for Professional Geologists is not listed.

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1971 Practice regulation The Idaho Professional Geology Act was created
2011 ASBOG The first ASBOG exam was administered.
2017 Executive order The Licensing Freedom Act was created by Executive Order (EO) 2017-06.
2018 There was a 7/1/2018 deadline for State agencies to submit a report to the Office of the Governor as a response to EO 2017-06. The reports were directed to assess whether the licensure requirements were necessary and in the public interest while providing recommendations for improvement, modification or elimination. The Idaho Board of Registration for Professional Geologists submitted report to Governor’s office.
2019 Executive order The Licensing Freedom Act was amended by Executive Order (EO) 2019-01. EO-2019-01 directed that each year, no later than March 31, the Administrator of the Division of Financial Management shall recommend to the Governor the review of no fewer than five (5) professions, vocations or occupations, and that sunrise restrictions on professional regulations be created.