The Texas Geoscience Practice Act was established in 2001, and authorized the creation of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG). TBPG is responsible for protecting the public through licensure of individuals and firms that perform certain geoscience services in Texas. The licensing process ensures the public that those performing geoscience work for the public in Texas have met defined levels of education and experience.
A professional code of conduct is outlined in the rules for licensure.
TBPG currently licenses approximately 4,300 Professional Geoscientists, 360 Geoscience Firms, and 80 Geoscientists-in-Training.
The Board also regulates the practice of geoscience through an enforcement program, and it provides information and outreach to the public.