The North Carolina Board for Licensing of Geologists uses the national examination developed by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG). Individuals must be approved by this Board to sit for the ASBOG® examination.
ASBOG® Examination Schedule
- March 20, 2020
- October 2, 2020
- March 19, 2021
- October 1, 2021
- March 18, 2022
- September 30, 2022
The ASBOG® examination is administered at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC, two times a year. Examinations begin with Part I at 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Part II is given beginning at 1 p.m until 5 p.m. You should allow 30 minutes prior to the examination to check in with the exam proctor.
Please note that we must order examinations approximately six weeks prior to the examination date. The order deadline and examination fees can be found on the Examination Order Form. The order deadline is for individuals who have already been approved to sit for the exam.
If you have not yet been approved to take the exam, you should complete the Application for Individual License available on the Application page. Refer to the Application Guidelines on the Application page for instruction. Please check the Board meeting schedule on the Meetings page to ensure that your application will be reviewed prior to the examination order deadline. Your application and supporting documentation must be received at least one week prior to the Board meeting.
Feel free to contact the Board office with any questions about the application or examination processes.
About the ASBOG® Examination
The examinations are the result of careful preparation and validation by a committee of professional geologists from throughout the nation. These geologists supply the expertise to develop fair and impartial examinations for measuring minimum competency in the profession. Examinations are given in the spring and fall of each year. The examinations are divided into two parts;
- Fundamentals of Geology (FG)
- Practice of Geology (PG)
Each exam is four hours in length and is compossed of multiple choice questions.
The FG examination emphasizes knowledge and skills that are typically acquired in an academic setting leading to a baccalaureate degree. The PG emphasizes skills and knowledge acquired in a practice of job setting. ASBOG® does not endorse any examination preparation course, study guide or publication. The candidate handbook is available in the Download Center on this page and on the ASBOG® website (www.asbog.org). The handbook is designed to help prepare for the ASBOG® examination.
Taking the Examination
Following are the steps you must take to sit for the ASBOG® examination in North Carolina.
1. Prior to ordering the examination using the Examination Order Form, each application must be approved by the Board. Individuals wishing to take the ASBOG® exam must file the Individual Application Form with the Board, pay the $55 application fee and have employer verification, references and transcripts sent to the Board. These documents can be found on the Application Page of this site. Applications for examination are reviewed at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. Applications to sit for the Spring examination must be received 14 days prior to the January Board meeting date to ensure that the application can be approved prior to the deadline to order the exam. Applications to sit for the Fall examination must be received 14 days prior to the August Board meeting date to ensure that the application can be approved prior to the deadline to order the exam. The Board meeting schedule can be found on the Meetings page of the website.
2. Once approved to sit for the examination, you will be notified in writing. It will be necessary for you to submit the examination order form along with the appropriate fees prior to the deadline date to order the examination. If the Board meeting date is close to the deadline to order the exam, you may wish to submit the examination order form and payment using a separate check. The order form will not be processed until the Board has approved the application. If the application is not approved, the order form and check will be returned to the applicant. The application fee is non-refundable.
3. Seating passes are sent to exam candidates approximately three weeks prior to the examination date.