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Professional Regulation

Licensure by Reciprocity



Selecting Type of Application

The two kinds of applications for Geologist licensure are: by reciprocity and by examination.

Apply by reciprocity only if you meet all of these criteria:

  • You hold a current geologist license in good standing in your selected reciprocity state, and
  • You have at least two years professional geologic work experience in your selected reciprocity state, and
  • You have passed the ASBOG examinations unless your license in your selected reciprocity state was issued before June 17, 1998.Note: If you were licensed in your reciprocity state after June 17, 1998 but have never passed the ASBOG examinations, you cannot apply by reciprocity.

If you do not meet all of these criteria, you must apply by examination.

 

Selecting Your Reciprocity State

When applying for Geologist licensure by reciprocity, you must choose ONE reciprocity state. As used in these instructions and on the application, the term reciprocity state means the jurisdiction (which includes state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) where you:

  • hold a current Geologist license, and
  • acquired the two years of professional geologic work experience.

Even if more than one jurisdiction where you hold a current license meets the definition of reciprocity state, you must nonetheless select only one. In selecting your reciprocity state, remember that the entire two years of required professional geologic work experience had to take place in the reciprocity state. Experience on projects that took place in other jurisdictions does not count even if you were employed by a firm in your reciprocity state at the time.

 

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to the “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from your college or university, sent directly to the Board office from the school.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive verification of your Geologist licensure from each jurisdiction where you are currently, or have ever been, licensed, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office. Use the Verification of Licensure form included with the application.
    • If you were licensed in your reciprocity state after June 17, 1998, the verification from the jurisdiction where you passed the ASBOG exams must include your exam scores. If you were licensed in your reciprocity state before June 17, 1998, exam scores are not required.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive at least two professional references documenting that you have two years of professional geologic work experience that took place in your selected reciprocity state. Preferably, the persons giving the references should be licensed professionals with a geology background. They must:
    • be familiar with your work as a geologist in your selected reciprocity state
    • use the Professional Experience Reference Form included with this application
    • send the forms directly to the Board office.

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