General Information on Massachusetts Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

Current Active Licensees

Title Licensees
Mining And Mineral Engineer 3
Geological Engineer 0
Geotechnical Engineer 0

License: Licensed Site Professionals

Exam Entity: State Board

Licensing Board: Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals

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: Yes

Continuing education years: 16

Continuing education details: Forty-eight (48) hours are required every 3 years. Twelve (12) of the forty-eight credits must be earned by attending LSP Board-approved MassDEP courses. An additional eight (8) credits must be regulatory credits. Continuing Education credits may be earned at any time throughout the three years. Although we suggest that you not wait until your third year to begin earning credits.

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: Possible

Sunset regulation name: See auditor information

Sunset statute: See auditor information

Sunset statute reference: See auditor information

Sunset committee: See auditor information

Composition of sunset committee: See auditor information

Sunset committee website: See auditor information

Sunset duration: See auditor information

Auditor name: Office of the State Auditor

Auditor website:

Audit statute: General Laws, Part I. Administration of the Government, Title II. Executive Administrative Officers of the Commonwealth, Chapter 11. Department of the State Auditor

Audit Statute abbreviation: General Laws, Part I. Administration of the Government, Title II. Executive Administrative Officers of the Commonwealth, Chapter 11. Department of the State Auditor Section 41-5A-1

Audit statute link:

Audit notes: No audits of the board were identified 1999-2019.