Persons applying for licensure as a professional geologist in the state of Indiana are required to pass a Board accepted examination. The ASBOG® examination is given twice annually. Applications and fees for examinations are due on or before the deadlines listed below.
|Exam||Date||Application and Fee Deadline|
|Fall 2015||October 2, 2015||August 11, 2015|
|Spring 2016||March 18, 2016||January 26, 2016|
|Fall 2016||September 30, 2016||August 9, 2016|
|Spring 2017||March 17, 2017||January 24, 2017|
|Fall 2017||October 6, 2017||August 15, 2017|
|Spring 2018||March 16, 2018||January 23, 2018|
|Fall 2018||October 5, 2018||August 14, 2018|
Please use the Application to take the ASBOG Exam form to register for the exam. All fees must be in the form of a check, cashier’s check, or money order payable to “Indiana University.” We accept credit card (Visa, American Express, Discover, and MasterCard) payments online at https://igs.indiana.edu/lpg/.
The examination will be administered in two parts on each date given. The Fundamentals of Geology portion will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the dates above. The Practice of Geology portion will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the dates above. All exams will be given on the Indiana University Bloomington campus unless otherwise noted.
ASBOG does not endorse any examination preparation course, study guide, or publication. The ASBOG Candidate Handbook is designed to help you prepare for the ASBOG national exams.
Professional Geologists Candidate Handbook
Presented by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) to help geologists prepare for the ASBOG national examination, this brief handbook includes information about state licensing requirements, descriptions of examinations, and sample questions and answers. To view the handbook, go to the Professional Geologists Candidate Handbook Web page.
Review of Practical Geology short course
This course is presented by the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists and the American Institute of Professional Geologists to provide a technical review of selected topics emphasized on current professional geology examinations, such as the Professional Geologist examinations administered by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG). The course is intended for working geologists preparing to sit for professional examinations, and may also be of interest to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students preparing to sit for examinations, and even professional geologists wishing to acquire a refresher on selected geological topics. For more information, go to the Review of Practical Geology short course Web page.
ASBOG Exam Preparation Courses
- REG REVIEW, Inc. of California conducts a course for preparing midwest geologists for the ASBOG exam. For more information, go to the REG REVIEW, Inc. Web site.
- Florida Short Courses has been presenting preparation courses for professional geologist exams since 1995, including a review for the ASBOG exam, which has been presented for the past five years. While the course is not university affiliated, it is taught by two university professors who have been professional geologists for many years. For more information, go to the Florida Short Courses Web site.