The Board requires passage of the national ASBOG exam (Fundamentals of Geology and Practice of Geology sections) as the Oregon exam standard for geologist registration. The Board administers the ASBOG exam two (2) times each year on dates set by the national ASBOG office. The exam administration dates are the same across the nation.
The ASBOG exam is composed of two (2) four (4) hour sections. The Fundamentals of Geology section is offered in the morning and the Practice of Geology section in the afternoon. To determine your eligibility, review the Board's Qualify for Exams page by examination type. For more details about the ASBOG exam, see the National exam provider
Applications for an ASBOG exam must be postmarked 120 days prior to the exam date. The ONLY exception to this deadline is for ASBOG exam retake applications, which must be postmarked 75 days prior to the exam date.
In addition to the ASBOG exam, the Board administers the specialty examination for becoming registered as a Certified Engineering Geologist. To determine your eligibility for the Engineering Geology exam, review the Board's Qualify for Exams
page. Applications for the engineering geology exam must be postmarked 75 days prior to the exam date. No exceptions!
Oregon Registered Geologists are also eligible to apply to sit for the exam required for the Certified Water Rights Examiners license. The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) handles the exam and registration for this license type. The Board can verify your geologist registration status in support of an application to OSBEELS to sit for exam.