The Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT) Program was adopted by TBPG and became effective December 15, 2010.

Benefits of the GIT Program

  • Demonstrates an individual’s intent to develop as a professional in the geosciences
  • Receipt of quarterly TBPG newsletter and other valuable Board information
  • Use of the designations “Geoscientist-in-Training” or “GIT” after their name

Please note that once an individual has accrued five years of geoscience experience (post-graduation from an accredited university), and has successfully passed the practice exam for their discipline, an applicant is qualified for P.G. licensure. The academic requirement has already been met.

Who Qualifies for GIT Certification?

To qualify for GIT certification, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Educational requirement. Graduated from a four-year course of study in a discipline of geoscience, and have completed at least 30 semester hours in geoscience coursework
  • Examination requirement. Successfully passed an examination on the fundamentals of geoscience in one of the following:
    • ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology examination;
    • CSSE Fundamentals of Soil Science examination; or
    • Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics examination
  • Application and Fee. Submission of a GIT Certification Application – Online Licensing System | GIT Certification Application PDF with payment of the certification fee to TBPG.

GIT Application Procedure

  1. Submit a GIT Certification Application – Online Licensing System | GIT Certification Application PDF
  2. Submit an official academic transcript showing the degree conferred and the required coursework
  3. Pay the application fee

Please note that passing scores on the appropriate fundamentals exam is required in order to become a Geoscientist-In-Training.  To request to sit for the Fundamentals of Geology exam or the Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics exam, please submit an Examination Request, and include the requested documentation, and the applicable fees. To request to sit for the Fundamentals of Soil Science exam, please contact CSSE.  For more information on licensing examinations, please see the Exam Information page.