Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists


Taking the ASBOG Examinations in Louisiana

IMPORTANT -- PLEASE NOTE: 1) You must have pending either a Geologist-In-Training certificate application or a Professional Geologist license application; and 2) have submitted the certification or licensing fee BEFORE (or concurrently with) submitting the LBOPG Examination Verification Form.

Please print, complete, and submit the LBOPG Examination Verification Form.

Professional examinations are administered through the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG). ASBOG, an umbrella organization representing the majority of states with geology or geoscience boards, sets the exam dates, and those dates are the same in every member state. The exams are given twice a year -- spring and fall, generally in mid-March and either late September or early October. Testing applications must be completed and submitted to the board in time for review prior to ASBOG's deadline for registering for exams. The board considers examination applications for the March testing date at its January meeting, so the deadline for the board to receive those applications is December 31. The board considers examination applications for the September/October testing date at its July meeting, so the deadline is two Fridays prior to the board meeting in July.

Once we receive your completed application, the accompanying materials (transcripts, references), contact information verification form, and either the license or GIT certification fee, your application will be reviewed by the board committee charged with that task. They, in turn, will formally recommend successful applicants to the full board at a regular meeting. The office staff will enter the names and email addresses of those candidates who are approved by the full board into the ASBOG examination portal. The portal will open once ASBOG's exam application period has ended, usually around the end of January for the spring exam and the end of August for the fall exam. An automatic email notification will be sent to candidates who have been added to the ASBOG portal. Candidates then use the link in that email to register for exams and pay the appropriate examination fees directly to ASBOG's testing service.

 The next available testing period begins on Friday, October 6, 2023. For applicants to be approved to take the examinations on this date, LBOPG must receive your LBOPG Examination Verification form, all application materials, and the appropriate fee by June 30, 2023.  For more information, please review the LBOPG Examination Verification Form.

For information on ASBOG and its professional examination program, visit the ASBOG website at asbog.org.

The full process for applying to take the examinations in Louisiana follows:

  1. Complete the application online either for the full Professional Geoscientist (PG) license or for the Geoscientist-in-training (GIT) certification through LBOPG.org: Select "Apply for License" at the top of the page and follow the instructions from there;
  2. Pay the appropriate application fee ($200 for PG or $100 for GIT) either by mail or online ("Pay Online" at the top of the page);
  3. Have your transcript(s) sent directly to us from the institution(s) that granted your degree(s);
  4. Request references (this is actually a part of the application but is included as a separate step to emphasize that it is required) -- three are required for the full license, and one is required for the GIT -- through the application system (you'll need the email addresses of those people who have agreed to serve as references);
  5. Complete the verification form (see the link above); send the completed form to us at LBOPG, 9643 Brookline Avenue, Suite 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, or scan the completed form and email it to us at apply@lbopg.org.