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Geologist Licensure by Examination



Application Types

The two methods by which Geologist applicants can apply for licensure are reciprocity and examination.

Apply by examination if any of the following describes your situation:

  • You’ve already passed the FG examination, but still need to take the PG examination.
  • You have passed both the FG and PG examinations, but you cannot apply by reciprocity because you are in one of these situations:
    • You do not hold a current license in another jurisdiction (State, U.S. territory or D.C), OR
    • You do not have at least two years of geologic work experience, all experience acquired in a single jurisdiction where you currently hold a Geologist license, OR
    • Although you hold a current license, issued after June 17, 1998, in another jurisdiction and you have at least two years of geologic work experience in that jurisdiction, you’ve never passed the ASBOG exams.

If you need to take the FG exam, you should not submit an application for Geologist yet. The FG exam is designed for recent college graduates who have not yet acquired the required the five years of professional geologic work experience. For information on when and where the FG and PG exams are given and applying for the each exam, see Examinations.  The instructions on this page also explain how to submit the Service Request in the DELPROS online portal.

Apply by reciprocity if you meet all three requirements below:

  • hold a current license in another jurisdiction AND
  • have two years of geologic work experience acquired in that jurisdiction AND
  • have passed the FG and PG examinations.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. These forms usually require a signature, seal, or notary, therefore, must be mailed into the Board office directly. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • An official transcript from your college or university, sent directly to the Board office from the school. The transcript must show that you have either:
    • received a degree in geology, or
    • completed 30 credit hours in geoscience, of which 24 credits are third or higher year courses.
  • If you have already taken and passed the FG examination in a jurisdiction other than Delaware, submit one of the following:
    • A copy of your score report, or
    • A Verification of your passing exam score, sent directly from the jurisdiction where you took the exam using the Verification of Licensure Request form.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification(s) sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license. You may also submit a Verification of Licensure Request form completed by another jurisdiction.
    • If you were licensed in another jurisdiction after June 17, 1998, the verification from the jurisdiction where you passed the ASBOG must include your exam scores.
  • Professional Experience Reference Form(s) (either by reciprocity or exam) from at least five professional references showing that you have at least five years of professional geologic work experience and that you were in responsible charge three of the five years. Preferably, the persons giving the references should be licensed professionals with a geology background and be familiar with your work as a Geologist.

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