General Information on Kentucky Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

Current Active Licensees

Title Licensees
Professional Geologist 1121

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: 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.

  • 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.

  • Related Geological Sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geophysics

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 much hbave successfully completed of a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours or fortyfive (45) quarter hours of course work in geology, culminating in a baccalaureate or advanced degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or geological/geotechnical engineering from an accredited college or university. At the discretion of the board, courses dealing with applied geological science that are given under the auspices of an academic department other than geology may be considered toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

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

Years of experience required: 5

Experience credits needed: 1

Experience information: In counting years of experience, the board may give one (1) year of credit each for a Master’s degree or doctoral degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or geological/geotechnical engineering.

Continuing education requirements: No

Geologist in Training license available: Yes

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: Yes

Fundamentals of Geology test details: FG applicants may take the FG examination in the final semester or quarter of their degree.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: KRS 322A.045, and 201 K.A.R 31:040

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

Sunset regulation name: Administrative Regulations (no short title)

Sunset statute: Kentucky Revised Statutes, Title III, Chapter 13A Administrative Regulations

Sunset statute reference:

Sunset committee: Legislative Research Commission (LRC)

Composition of sunset committee: The LRC is a 16-member statutory committee made up of the majority and minority party leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House serve as co-chairs of LRC. The Commission employs a director who supervises the nonpartisan staff.

Sunset committee website:

Sunset duration: 7 years

Sunset notes: Legislative Research Commission (LRC) creates Research Reports that include a literature search, compilation of data and analysis, and often a set of recommendations.

Auditor name: Auditor of Public Accounts

Auditor website:

Audit statute: See sunset information

Audit Statute abbreviation: See sunset information Section 41-5A-1

Audit statute link: See sunset information

Audit duration: See sunset information

Audit legislation committee: See sunset information

Audit legislation committee website:

Audit notes: Licensing boards to not appear to be audited by the Auditor of Public Accounts

Audit reference: Auditor of Public Accounts - Online Audt Reports

Audit reference website:

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1948 The Legislative Research Commission was created.
1992 Practice regulation The Board of Registration for Professional Geologists was created.
1994 ASBOG The first ASBOG exam was administered.
2017 Sunset law created House Bill (HB) 50 passed on 2017-03-21 and essentially created a sunset law within the administrative regulations. HB 50 amended KRS 13A.040, KRS 13A.220 and 13A.222. In summary, beginning on 7/1/2017, an ordinary administrative regulation shall expire 7 years after its last effective date; provide that an administrative regulation that has a last effective date prior to July 1, 2012, shall expire on July 1, 2019; establish duties of regulations compiler; and establish requirements for an administrative body that does not want an administrative regulation to expire.