Examination

North Carolina Board for Licensing of Geologists uses the national examination developed by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG).

About the ASBOG® Examination

The ASBOG® Examination is used by 31 states and Puerto Rico as a qualification for licensure as a professional geologist. 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)

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. 

Each exam is four hours in length and is composed of multiple choice questions. The examinations are administered twice annually (in the spring and the fall) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

How to Apply

Examination candidates must be approved by this Board in order to sit for the exam(s). Examination candidates should use the Application for Individual License/ASBOG Examination, and indicate which part(s) of the examination they are applying for. 

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Part I - Fundamentals of Geology (FG)

The Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination can be taken as soon as the candidate meets the educational requirements for licensure.

Candidates must present, along with their application, official transcript(s) indicating a degree in geology or at least 30 semester hours of completed geoscience courses, 24 of which must be upper level or graduate courses.

  • Transcripts must be sent directly to the Board office from the academic institution(s), or must be in sealed envelope from the institution. Official electronic transcripts will also be accepted direct from the institution.
     
  • You are not required to submit employment verifications or references if only applying for the FG.


Those who pass the FG are awarded a Geologist in Training (GIT) Certificate.  

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Part II - Practice of Geology (PG)

Applicants for the Practice of Geology (PG) must meet the educational and experience requirements for licensure. The following criteria must be met and documented in order to be approved to sit for the PG:

  1. Degree in geology or at least 30 semester hours of completed geoscience courses, 24 of which must be upper level or graduate courses. Education must be documented with official transcripts, in a sealed envelope from the academic institution(s). Official electronic transcripts will also be accepted direct from the institution. 
     
  2. Five years of experience 

    a. Professional experience must be under the supervision of a licensed geologist or otherwise demonstrate responsible charge of geological work satisfactory to the Board. Professional experience must be documented by employers on the Board’s Employment Verification Form. 

    b. Undergraduate study may qualify for up to two years of experience.

    c. Graduate study may qualify for an additional two years of experience. 
     
  3. Five references from licensed geologists or engineers; at least two references must be obtained from licensed geologists familiar with your work. You are encouraged, but not required, to list your most recent supervisor(s) as references. Do not list relatives or persons working under your supervision. Use the Board’s Professional Reference Form.
  • Individuals will not be permitted to take Part II before taking Part I of the ASBOG examination. Both parts can be taken together. 
     
  • If you have already applied for Part I of the exam, you need not resubmit the application fee or transcripts when applying for Part II. You should submit an updated and notarized application.

Those who pass both parts of the ASBOG® examination are licensed without further review.

How to Order the Exam

Exam candidates who have been approved by this Board should submit the ASBOG® Exam Order Form along with a check or money order for the appropriate fees. The deadline to order the examination can be found at the top of the order form. The deadline to order is six weeks prior to the examination date, and is set by ASBOG.

Note that the Exam Order Form is separate from the application to sit for the exam. Exam candidates must be approved by the Board for each part of the examination prior to ordering. Applicants may include the Exam Order Form, with a separate check, along with their application for examination if the deadline to order the exam is approaching. Board staff will hold your exam order until you have been approved by the Board.

ASBOG® Examination Schedule

  • October 1, 2021
  • March 18, 2022
  • October 7, 2022
  • March 17, 2023
  • October 6, 2023
  • March 15, 2024
  • October 4, 2024