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Oregon Board of Geologist Examiners

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COVID-19 public health emergency

In response to guidance from public health officials, OSBGE is not providing in-person services at this time at its office except by prior appointment. This is in accordance with guidelines for protecting public health and also due to potential workforce limitations tied to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Some OSBGE services can be completed online, and most can be completed via email or phone, thereby eliminating the need for most in-person visits. Please contact OSBGE staff at or 503-566-2837 if you need assistance. 
You can access current information about the COVID-19 emergency and sign up for email updates about COVID-19 at the Oregon Health Authority website.

Exam administration cancelled due to COVID-19

The exam administration scheduled for Friday March 20, 2020 in Salem, OR has been cancelled. This cancellation applies to the national exam (ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology and Practice of Geology sections) and the Oregon/Washington joint exam for engineering geology.  Exam candidates are advised to direct any questions or concerns about future exam administrations to the OSBGE office at or 503-566-2837. Please note also that Governor Kate Brown officially suspended OSBGE rule OAR 809-04-0002 Date of Examination pursuant to emergency powers under ORS 401.168(2) for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency as declared by Executive Order 20-03.

OSBGE 2019 legislation passes

SB43Enrolled.pdf (authority to develop continuing education program as part of geologist registration)
SB44Enrolled.pdf (authority to revise qualifications for Certified Engineering Geologist, miscellaneous administrative updates)
Senate Bills (SB) 43 and 44 were submitted by Governor Kate Brown on behalf of OSBGE for consideration during the 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature. Both bills have now been passed by the Oregon Legislature and signed by Governor Brown. The bills are effective 1/1/2020. Neither bill makes immediate changes to registration requirements. OSBGE will need to pursue rulemaking in 2020 in order to implement changes authorized by SB 43 and 44.  

Scam alert for OSBGE registrants

The attached flyer provides a proactive warning about a potential scam targeting geologists holding professional registrations.  Read for tips on how to recognize scams involving requests for registration-related payments or sensitive information. The Board will not ask for payments or sensitive information over the phone, by email, or by text. The Board encourages its registrants to contact the Board office if ever faced with a question about whether a phone call, e-mail, or other request is legitimately from the Board.

OSBGE requests registrant input on continuing education

While there is no formal comment period open at this time, registrants can always submit correspondence to the Board office and are welcome to attend upcoming Board meetings to express their view on CE. See also information about SB 43 above.




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