General Information on Nebraska Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

Current Active Licensees

Title Licensees
Licensed Geologist 313

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: Nebraska 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
  • Related Geological Sciences

Courses required:

  • Not specified

Courses accepted:

  • Environmental Geology
  • Soil Science
  • Structural Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Petrology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Field Geology
  • Physical Geology
  • Mining Geology

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: Applicants are required to have completed at least thirty (30) semester hours or forty-five (45) quarter hours of course work in geology, and the applicant has received a baccalaureate or advanced degree in geology or a geologic specialty from a program recognized by the board. Five of the following courses (or equivalent) are required: field geology, physical geology, mineralogy, petrology/petrography, structural geology, stratigraphy/sedimentology/soils, or hydrogeology.

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

Years of experience required: 5

Experience credits needed: 2

Experience information: A Master’s degree in geology or geologic specialty may be used for credit for one year of experience. A Doctorate degree may be used for credit for two years of experience. No more than two years’ experience will be credited based on advanced degrees.

Continuing education requirements: No

Continuing education details: Currently there are no continuing education requirements in Nebraska. However, statutes section 81-3531 states that the board may adopt a CEU program.

Geologist in Training license available: Yes

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: Yes

Fundamentals of Geology test details: Applicants for the FG Examination must have completed a minimum of thirty semester hours or forty-five quarter hours of geology regardless of whether or not geology or geologic specialty degree has been earned.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: NRS 81-3509.1, and N.A.C. 171 Ch 2.2.1

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: Both sunset review and audit

License subject to sunset review: Yes

License subject to audit review: Yes

Current law to establish new licensure board: Yes

Sunset regulation name: Occupational Board Reform Act

Sunset statute: Nebraska Revised Statutes, Chapter 84. State Officers, Sections 933 to 948

Sunset statute reference:

Sunset committee: Each standing committee

Sunset committee website: None identified

Sunset duration: Beginning in 2019, each standing committee of the Legislature shall annually review and analyze approximately twenty percent of the occupational regulations within the jurisdiction of the committee and prepare and submit an annual report electronically to the Clerk of theLegislature by December 15 of each year as provided in this section. Each committee shall complete this process for all occupational regulations within its jurisdiction within five years and every five years thereafter.

Other sunset references: Accompanying statutes: Administrative Reform Act

Other sunset references website: 84-901 to 84-920

Auditor name: Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts

Auditor website:

Audit legislation committee: Legislative Audit Office

Audit legislation committee website:

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1977 Sunset law created The Termination of Agencies, Boards and Commissions law was created by LB 257 of 1977 under NE Revised Statutes §81-192.
1986 Sunset law repealed The Termination of Agencies, Boards and Commissions law was repealed by LB 745.
1998 Practice regulation The Geologist Practice Act was created.
2000 Audit Auditor of Public Accounts, Audit Report of the Nebraska Board of Geologists, July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000.
2006 Audit Auditor of Public Accounts, Attestation Report of the Nebraska Board of Geologists, July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005.
2012 Audit Auditor of Public Accounts, Attestation Report of the Nebraska Board of Geologists, January 1, 2011 through December 30, 2011.
2017 Legislative bill There were five occupational licensing and regulatory reform bills introdcued that passed unanimously.
2018 Sunset law created The Occupational Board Reform Act was created by LB 299. The Occupational Board Reform Act builds on previous deregulation efforts. LB 299 establishes a review process that will use a two-step process to review existing regulations. First, there must be “present, significant, and substantiated harms” that warrant government intervention. Second, if such a problem exists, the legislators must first consider a regulation that is the “least restrictive” and imposes the lowest burdens and costs while still protecting consumers from the harm (
2019 The Nebraska Board of Geologists was preparing for sunset review, according to the Board’s meeting notes , dated 1/17/2019.