An applicant for a Professional Geoscientist license who is currently or has been licensed or registered to practice a discipline of geoscience under the law of another state, a territory or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia may be eligible to demonstrate having met all or some of the qualifications for licensure through one of the following endorsements.
Licensure by reciprocity agreement is the process whereby an applicant for licensure as a Professional Geoscientist in Texas who is currently licensed as a Professional Geoscientist in the other jurisdiction becomes licensed under the terms of a formal reciprocity agreement between the two jurisdiction’s Boards.
TBPG currently has reciprocity agreements with the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Please see the Reciprocity Agreements page to review the signed agreements.
Unless a specific reciprocity agreement exists with TBPG, applicants for licensure with TBPG must provide proof of passing scores on applicable licensing examinations. An applicant must submit proof of passage of an examination or examinations that are substantially similar to the applicable examinations approved by the Board.
An applicant for a Professional Geoscientist license who is currently licensed or registered to practice who was licensed without examination, i.e. “grandfathered”, with regard to a licensing examination or who was licensed based on a licensing examination that is not recognized as substantially similar to the current licensing examination shall be deemed to have met the examination requirement upon verification of the following:
Applicants applying under cooperative licensure must contact the licensing board(s) through which an applicant has been licensed to request a verification of their license to be sent directly to TBPG.
To apply for licensure by reciprocity, applicants must provide and/or submit the following P.G. application documentation.*
*Please note that TBPG is authorized to accept copies of relevant licensing records such as academic transcripts and personal and professional reference statements that are provided to TBPG directly by another licensing board on behalf of an applicant who is currently licensed in their jurisdiction. However, other licensing boards may or may not be authorized by their respective statutes to forward such information.