New York

General Information on New York Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology

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.

  • Other
  • 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
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics

Courses required:

  • Other

Courses accepted:

  • Other
  • Economic Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geodynamics
  • Engineering Geology
  • Earth Materials
  • Field Geology
  • Surficial 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: An applicant for licensure must have a minimum of 30 semester hours in geological sciences coursework or the substantial equivalent as determined by the department, of which 24 semester hours or their substantial equivalent shall include at least one course from four of the following eight subject areas listed in Part 52 of the Regulations of the Comissioner.

Education Notes: Applicants should review the applicable statutes, rules, regulations and Board website to determine if their course work qualifies for licensure. 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: At least five (5) years of professional experience, after successful completion of the education requirements; or at least four (4) years of professional experience, after successful completion of the education requirements; or twelve (12) years of experience that was either: under the supervision of a licensed professional geologist; under the supervision of a geologist or engineer, whom the board recognizes as qualified to have responsible charge of geologic work; or entailed the applicant being in responsible charge of geological work as described in paragraphs of the regulations.

Continuing education requirements: No

Geologist in Training license available: Yes

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: Yes

Fundamentals of Geology test details: Students in qualifying programs can take the FG portion of the exam before they graduate., where the New York State Institutions whose baccalaureate programs(s) in Geological Sciences are specifically registered by the NYS Education Department as Licensure Qualifying. Applicants must have completed 3 years and be within twenty (20) credits of graduation in a baccalaureate program in geological sciences which is currently registered as licensure-qualifying.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: New York Education Law, Article 145 ยง7206-b, and Board website and forms

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: None identified

Sunset statute: See audit and sunset information

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

Sunset notes: Licensing of Geologists if fairly new. No sunset clause written into rules and regulations as it is for other regulations.

Auditor name: Office of the New York State Comptroller

Auditor website:

Audit statute: The Laws of New York, State Finance, Article 7. Accounts and Audits

Audit Statute abbreviation: The Laws of New York, State Finance, Article 7. Accounts and Audits Section 41-5A-1

Audit statute link:

Audit legislation committee: Advisory Audit Committee

Audit legislation committee website: None identified

Audit notes: Audits for licensing boards were not identified.

Audit reference: Advisory Audit Committee Charger

Audit reference website:

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1977 Historical records show that sunset laws were considered.
1995 Legislative bill Legislative bills A846 and S1291 were introduced. These bills would have made provisions for sunsetting state agencies. The bills did not pass.
2016 Practice regulation Licensed Geologists were added to the State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology.
2018 ASBOG The first ASBOG exam was administered.