General Information on Iowa Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

License: Certified Groundwater Professional

Exam Entity: State Board

Licensing Board: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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 Applicable

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.

  • Not Applicable

Courses required:

  • Not Applicable

Courses accepted:

  • Not Applicable

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: Not applicable

Education Notes: Not applicable

Years of experience required: Not available

Experience credits needed: Not available

Experience information: Not applicable

Continuing education requirements: TBD

Ethics required for continuing education: Yes

Continuing education years: 6

Continuing education details: All groundwater professionals are required to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education during each two-year certification period.

Geologist in Training license available: No

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: No

Fundamentals of Geology test details: None

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: None

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: Audit

License subject to sunset review: No

License subject to audit review: No

Current law to establish new licensure board: TBD

Sunset regulation name: None identified

Sunset statute: See audit and sunset history

Sunset statute reference: See audit and sunset history

Sunset committee: See audit and sunset history

Composition of sunset committee: See audit and sunset history

Sunset committee website: See audit and sunset history

Sunset duration: See audit and sunset history

Auditor name: Office of Auditor of State

Auditor website:

Audit duration: The DNR appears to have annual audits.

Audit legislation committee: The Office of Auditor of State includes three divisions - Administrative Division, Financial Audit Division, Performance Investigation Division.

Audit legislation committee website:

Audit notes: Licensing of Certified Groundwater Professionals does not appear to be audited.

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1976 Legislative bill The Iowa legislature passed a sunset bill covering a host of departments and regulatory agencies. The Iowa governor, Governor Robert D. Ray, vetoed the sunset bill due to perceived problems with the sunset legislation.
2019 Legislative bill House File 551 was a bill to establish a sunset advisory committee within the general assembly, and the short title was listed as the Iowa Sunset Act. The bill was introduced on 2/27/2019, and was refered to committee on State Government H.J. 370.