Exam Information

General Information

All new P.G. applicants must take the licensing exam(s) for their respective discipline or verify proof of passing examination scores prior to applying for licensure to the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG).

Geology Exam (ASBOG® Examination)

TBPG utilizes the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) examination for Texas P.G. licensure. The ASBOG® exam is given in two parts: the Fundamentals of Geology exam (FG) and the Practice of Geology (PG) exam.  The cost to sit for these examinations is as follows:

  • ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology exam – $150.*
  • ASBOG® Practice of Geology – $250.

*Beginning with the March 2018 exam administration, the cost to sit for the FG exam will be $200.

Proof of passing scores on both the Fundamentals of Geology and the Practice of Geology portions of the exam are required in order to be licensed in geology. If you took the ASBOG® examination(s) in Texas, your test scores should be on record at TBPG, and no further proof is required. However, if you took the ASBOG® exam in another state or jurisdiction, please submit a Verification of other licenses form to the appropriate state or jurisdiction to request verification of your passing scores be sent to TBPG.  Applicants are responsible for any charges for verification of examination scores.

  • Upcoming ASBOG® Examinations
    • Spring Exam— Friday, March 17, 2017 (Application deadline has passed)
    • Fall Exam— October 6, 2017 (Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017)
    • Spring Exam— Friday, March 16, 2018 (Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2018)

To register for the next ASBOG® examination(s), please submit a completed Exam Request Form with all required materials and $25 fee to TBPG by the application deadline. For applications to be considered for the exam, all exam request materials must be received by TBPG on or before the deadline.

For more information regarding the examination(s), please visit ASBOG®, and look for the “Exam Candidate Handbook”.

Geophysics Exam (Texas Geophysics Examination)

To take the Texas Geophysics Examination, you must demonstrate that you meet all the licensing requirements for Texas Professional Geoscientist licensure. These requirements are 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of geoscience coursework, a four-year degree, 5 years of experience in geoscience, and five letters of reference, with not fewer than three coming from a professional source. Submit an Exam Request form, a completed TBPG license application, three Professional Reference forms, two Personal Reference forms, sealed official academic transcripts and a resumé that reflects your work experience plus the $25 sitting fee and the $175 examination fee. If you meet the requirements and are eligible to take the exam, you will be contacted to schedule your exam date and time.

For more information regarding the Texas Geophysics Examination, please review the Texas Geophysics Examination Candidate Handbook.

Soil Science Exam (Council of Soil Science Examiners)

TBPG utilizes the Council of Soil Science Examiners (CSSE) exam, administered by CSSE. For more information on the exam, visit the CSSE website or call 608/273-8085. Proof of passing scores on both portions of the CSSE exam is required in order to be licensed in the soil science discipline. If you have passed the CSSE Soil Science licensing examinations, please download Form V – CSSE Verification of Exam Scores and submit completed form to CSSE for verification of exam scores.  CSSE will forward verification directly to TBPG.

Apply for Examination

To apply to sit for the ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology examination, the ASBOG® Practice of Geology examination, or the Texas Geophysics Examination, please submit an Examination Request (Form E) to TBPG, and include all required documentation.  For more information on the necessary documentation, please see PG Licensing Requirements.

 

 

 

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