Board of Professional Geologists
The Board of Professional Geologists is responsible for licensing and regulating the practice of professional geology. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.
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Geologist in Training Registration
Senate Bill 404, which establishes a Geologist in Training Registration (GIT) in the State of Florida, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 13, 2014 and will take effect January 1, 2015. The new law will allow applicants to take the fundamentals portion of the geology licensure examination and be registered as a Geologist In Training. Applicants must be in their final year or have graduated with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours from an approved geology curriculum. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation will post and begin accepting applications from its website beginning January 2015. For details on the new law please go to http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0404/BillText/er/HTML and review the application for additional requirements or call (850) 487-1395.
We just received this information about the ability to grandfather with the state of Louisiana:
Louisiana is implementing geological registration. There is a short period, ending December 31st, in which to obtain grandfathering eligibility, and the separate formal application period will begin next year. If anyone wishes to be grandfathered into registration in Louisiana, they must visit www.lbopg.org, follow the instructions, and submit the appropriate check, which will also cover the cost of their formal application next year. Louisiana sends their regrets with regard to the awkwardness and the timing, but given the current legal environment they are required to operate under, anyone who does not apply for grandfathering by the end of the month will be unable to ever obtain it.
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The Board of Professional Geologists consists of 7 members plus one ex officio member: 5 professional geologists and 2 consumer members. The Chief of the Bureau of Geology in the Department of Environmental Protection, or his/her designee, shall serve as an ex officio member of the Board.
Methods of Licensure:
By Endorsement - Yes
By Examination - Yes
By Reciprocity - No
By Provisional Licensure - Yes
Business Entity - Yes
A breakdown of application and licensure fees is provided with application packets.
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for examination development, administration, review and grades. Below are shortcuts to their examination pages.
Exam Dates and Locations
Exam Review / Hearing Information
Special Accommodations for Testing - ADA
Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee
Professional Geologist = $125
Business Entity = $350
The fees above include a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Continuing Education Requirement
Reporting requirement for criminal convictions
As of October 1, 2009, Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes requires all professional licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. The statute also requires the reporting of any convictions that occurred prior to October 1, 2009. A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail it to the department.
The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules and standards set by the legislature are followed. To file a complaint visit MyFloridaLicense.com.