Puerto Rico

General Information on Puerto Rico Professional Geologist Licenses

Does state provide a license: Yes

License: Professional Geologist

Exam Entity: ASBOG

Licensing Board: Puerto Rico Board of Examiners of Geologists

Licensing Board Website: https://estado.pr.gov/en/geologists/

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
  • Environmental Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geophysics

Courses required:

  • Not specified

Courses accepted:

  • Other

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: Each applicant is required to hold accrediting evidence that the applicant has graduated from an institution of higher education approved and recognized by the Board, with a major in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geology applied to engineering, environmental geology, or any of its respective subdivisions, with a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours per semester, or forty-five (45) credit hours per trimester in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geology applied to engineering, environmental geology, or any of its respective subdivisions.

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: The applicant is required to have a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience under the supervision of a licensed geologist or a minimum of three (3) years of experience as the person in charge for geological work certified by a licensed geologist. Credit for graduate study shall be provided at the discretion of the Board up to maximum of two (2) years.

Continuing education requirements: No

Geologist in Training license available: Yes

Can take Fundamentals of Geology test before graduation: Yes

Fundamentals of Geology test details: The board website do not specifically address taking the FG examination before degree completion. The board website states that to sit for the exam, the applicant musta minimum of thirty (30) semester credit hours or forty-five (45) semester credit hours in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geology applied to engineering, environmental geology, or their subdivisions.

Legal Code Reference for GIT, FG: TBD - rules and regulations are not readily available on the PG licensure website.

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.

Sunset and Audit Legislation History

Year Action Notes
1996 Practice regulation The geologist practice laws were signed August 23, 1996, and a licensing Board of Geologists was named September 26, 1996.
2008 ASBOG The first ASBOG exam was administered.