Geophysics Examinations

Texas Geophysics Examination (TGE) for P.G. Licensure

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 or GIT Certification. 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.  The requirements for GIT certification are a four-year degree with 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of geoscience coursework.

The Texas Geophysics Exam is held in person in Austin, Texas.

How to Apply

If you are interested in PG Licensure

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)/Initial Application for Geophysics Licensure online, the Qualifying Work Experience Record form (if submitting Form A–online application includes work experience record), sealed official academic transcripts, plus the $25 sitting fee and the $175 examination fee. Sealed official academic transcripts may be sent to TBPG at P.0. Box 13225 Austin, TX 78711 or emailed to licensing@tbpg.texas.gov

Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics Exam (TFGE) for GIT Certification  New Fundamentals Exam for GIT!

Are you or do you know a recent or soon to be geophysics graduate with less than 5 years of experience interested in obtaining a Geoscientist in Training (GIT) certificate in the geophysics discipline?

The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists is pleased to offer the Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics Exam (TFGE) beginning in December 2021. The TFGE includes fundamental geophysics concepts that Geophysics students may learn in their undergraduate curriculum. This exam was designed for individuals who have a four-year academic degree and 30 hours of geoscience coursework, but do not have 5 years of qualifying work experience. The TFGE exam is required for an individual applying for a Geoscience-in-Training certificate in the Geophysics discipline.

In order to sit for the Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics Examination, a person must meet the educational requirement for P.G. licensure, which includes a four-year academic degree, and 30 hours of geoscience coursework, including at least 20 hours in upper division geoscience coursework. The exam will be administered in Austin, Texas, by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists. The exam fee is $100.

Candidates who meet both the education and experience requirement are not required to take the TFGE—they are only required to take the Texas Geophysics Exam (TGE); however, exam candidates who do not meet the experience requirement will not be allowed to sit for the TGE exam until they are within 6 months of meeting the experience requirement.

How to Apply

If you are interested in GIT Certification

Applicants for GIT certification may take the TFGE if the applicant meets the requirements for GIT certification:   To request to sit for the TFGE, please submit an Exam Request (Form E), sealed official academic transcripts, plus the $25 sitting fee and the $75 examination fee. Sealed official academic transcripts may be emailed to licensing@tbpg.texas.gov

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.

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