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About Geologist Exams

About exams

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) sections, each four (4) hours in duration. 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 page.
New applications to sit for an ASBOG exam must be received in the Board office 100 days prior to the exam date. No exceptions!

Applications to retake a ASBOG exam must be received 75 days prior to the exam date. No exceptions! This retake deadline applies for candidates previously approved by the Board to sit for a section of the national ASBOG exam who did not pass on the last attempt.  After two failures to pass, a candidate must provide evidence of preparation for the exam as part of the retake application.
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 received 75 days prior to the exam date. No exceptions!
Exam dates and application deadlines can be found on the Exam Dates and Fees page.
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.

Related links

OSBEELS (Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering & Land Surveying)
ASBOG (National Association of State Boards of Geology)

More for Students

Board Student Presentation - provides an overview of the path to registration

Video of Board Student Presentation - YouTube Link