General Information on Nevada Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

License: Certified Environmental Manager

Exam Entity: State Board

Licensing Board: Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

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.

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Hydrology
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Biology

Courses required:

  • Not specified

Courses accepted:

  • Not specified

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: A bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in an area relating to the environment are required.

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

Years of experience required: 3

Experience credits needed: 0

Experience information: At least 3 years of relevant environmental experience are required within the 5 years immediately preceding the date of the application.

Continuing education requirements: No

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: Both sunset review and audit

License subject to sunset review: Possible

License subject to audit review: Possible

Sunset regulation name: Legislative Review of Public Agencies

Sunset statute: Nevada Revised Statutes, Title 18. State Executive Department, Chapter 232B. Legislative Review of Public Agencies

Sunset statute reference:

Sunset committee: The Sunset Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission

Composition of sunset committee: Nine members

Sunset committee website:

Sunset notes: Possible sunset review under 2019 NV SCR6 80th Legislature, passed 6/2/2019.

Auditor name: Legislative Counsel Bureau, Audit Division

Auditor website:

Audit legislation committee: Legislative Counsel Bureau, Audit Division

Audit legislation committee website:

Audit notes: Audits on website 2002 - 2020

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1979 Sunset law created The Legislative Review of Public Agencies law was created under Nevada Revised Statutes §232B.010.
1991 Practice regulation Certified Environmental Managers were added to NAC 459.9704, effective 3/6/1991.
2003 Audit Audit of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection by the Legislative Auditor, report number LA04-09.
2011 Audit Audit of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection by the Legislative Auditor, report number LA12-07.
2018 Audit Audit of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection by the Legislative Auditor, report number LA18-17. Note, there are routine audits for state boards. However, Certified Environmental Managers are not licensed through a board, but rather through the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
2019 Sunset review Legislative bill NV SCR6 of the 80th Legislature passed on 6/2/2019. The bill directed the Sunset Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission to conduct an interim study concerning professional and occupational licensing boards.