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Geologist-in-Training

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements


Bachelor's Degree


1 Examination


No Experience Required


No Continuing Education Requirement


50.00 Initial Fee


0.00 Renewal Fee


A candidate for licensure as a professional geologist who has been granted a certificate as a geologist-in-training after successfully passing the required written examination in fundamental geology subjects.

Degree Requirement: 

Bachelor's Degree - To qualify for the fundamentals of geology examination, the candidate shall possess one of the following qualifications: 

  1. Graduation from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, having majored in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or engineering geology. A student who has completed 2 years in a program and has maintained current enrollment may, with Board approval, sit for the fundamentals of geology examination, but will not be eligible for certification as a geologist-in-training until the student provides proof of graduation.
  1. Graduation from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States. that does not offer a major in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or engineering geology, having completed 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours or an equivalent amount of geological education. A student who has completed 2 years in a program and has maintained current enrollment may, with Board approval, sit for the fundamentals of geology examination, but will not be eligible for certification as a geologist-in-training until the student provides proof of graduation.
  2. Graduation from a foreign college or university that World Education Services or other Board-approved professional evaluation service deems equivalent to a bachelor's degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or engineering geology from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

Examination Requirement: 

1 Examination - A candidate for certification as a geologist-in-training shall achieve a passing score on the Association of State Boards of Geology fundamentals of geology examination. Applicants must have already taken and passed the Structural Geology and Field Methods courses to be approved to take the Fundamentals of Geology exam. 

Experience: 

No experience required for licensure.

Continuing Education:  

No continuing education requirement for licensure.

Initial Licensing Fee: 

$50.00

Licensure Renewal Fee: 

$0.00 The license cannot be renewed.


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