Exam Information

ASBOG Examinations

The deadline for the March 2021 exam has passed. Approved applicants have been notified by email with exam details. If you have not received this communication, please contact licensing@tbpg.texas.gov.
The next ASBOG examination date is:

Fall Exam: October 1, 2021 (Application deadline is 5 pm, August 3, 2021)
We are currently accepting applications. You may apply online or you may send in an Exam Request Form E to TBPG with all of the required documentation.

Official transcripts are required. Official electronic pdf transcripts sent directly from your university or university’s transcript service to may be sent to licensing@tbpg.texas.gov or official, sealed transcripts may be sent by mail to P.O. Box 13225 Austin, TX 78711.

COVID-19 Exam Protocols

To ensure compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines recommended by local health authorities the following protocols will be in place for the March 19, 2021:

  • The use of a facial covering is required and must be worn at all times.
  • Exam takers will be required to maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times.
  • We encourage you to follow guidelines provided by the CDC to discourage the spread of germs, which include washing hands, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your arm/elbow and refraining from physical contact like shaking hands.
  • Your temperature will be taken with a digital forehead infrared/contactless thermometer.  Individuals presenting with a fever will not be allowed to enter the facility or take the exam.
  • You must submit a signed certification of the COVID-19 screening protocols before you are allowed to enter the facility.

Please note:  Do not enter the facility if you have symptoms of COVID-19, a fever, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Should this apply to you or you cannot take the exam due to health-related reasons, contact TBPG at 512-936-4408 as soon as possible prior to the exam day to discuss options.

Exam candidates will need to bring the following to the examination:

  • A photo I.D. is required for each candidate to enter the testing facility.
  • COVID-19 Screening Protocol.  Required to be signed before entering the testing facility.
    Anyone entering will be required to have their temperature checked.
  • Face covering.  Social distancing will be in place and everyone is required to wear a face mask,
    or cloth covering, while in the building and sitting for the examination.
  • Institution Code for the college/university from which you received your geological science degree
    (BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD/DSc).  The Institution Code book can be found on the ASBOG website
    at www.asbog.org.  You will be asked to provide this information on your examination answer sheet.
  • Parking permit must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle.
  • Please limit your personal belongings due to space restrictions in testing rooms.

TBPG will continue monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation, including state and local restrictions, to identify any possible impact(s) that may prohibit or alter the exam administration. We will keep you informed of important information via email and we will post updates on our website (www.tbpg.state.tx.us) as we get closer to the scheduled examination date.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at 512-936-4408 or by email at licensing@tbpg.texas.gov.

General Information

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).  Please see the required examinations below.

Applicants for GIT certification are required to take the Fundamentals exam for the disciplines of geology or soil science, or the Texas Geophysics Exam for the geophysics discipline.

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.

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 as a P.G. 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.  GIT applicants need only take the Fundamentals of geology exam.

Fall Exam: October 1, 2021 (Application deadline is 5 pm, August 3, 2021)

To register for the next ASBOG® examination(s), you may now apply online, or you may send in a completed Exam Request (Form E) 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.  The cost to sit for these examinations is as follows:

  • ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology exam – $200. (effective March 2018)
  • ASBOG® Practice of Geology – $250.

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

Geophysics Exam (Texas Geophysics Examination)

TBPG utilizes the Texas Geophysics Examination (TGE) for P.G. licensure in the geophysics discipline.  To qualify to sit for the examination, you must demonstrate that you meet all the licensing requirements for Texas Professional Geoscientist licensure. The requirements for P.G. licensure are 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of geoscience coursework, a four-year degree, and 5 years of experience in geoscience.  You may apply to take the Texas Geophysics Exam by sending in an Exam Request (Form E), a completed TBPG P.G. License application (Form A), the Qualifying Work Experience Record form, sealed official academic transcripts, plus the $25 sitting fee and the $175 examination fee.

Applicants for GIT certification may take the TGE if the applicant meets the requirements for GIT certification: a four-year degree with 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of geoscience coursework.  To request to sit for the TGE, you may apply online, or you can submit an Exam Request (Form E), sealed official academic transcripts, plus the $25 sitting fee and the $175 examination fee.

If you meet the examination requirements and are approved 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.  No other information is provided for this examination.

Soil Science Exam (Council of Soil Science Examiners)

TBPG utilizes the Council of Soil Science Examiners (CSSE) exam, administered by CSSE for P.G. licensure. 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.

P.G. license applicants will be required to have passed the Fundamentals and Practice of Soil Science examinations.  GIT applicants need to pass the Fundamentals of Soil Science exam only.

Upcoming CSSE Soil Science Examinations

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, you may apply online to submit an exam request, or you may send in the Examination Request (Form E) to TBPG, and include all required documentation.

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