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PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers

PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers


Any civil engineer with a PG (Professional Geologist) license?. I would like to know how hard would be the requirements for CEs in order to sit for the PG exam.

I was wondering if there are some special requirements for CEs in order to get the PG license?

Please let me know. Thanks

RE: PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers

Licensing will depend on your particular state's requirements for PG.  Why would you need it?  In my experience, PE's can do anything a PG can do and more.

RE: PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers

I will join sometime an engineering firm. Notice most of its members are PE, PG.

I just would like to know how difficult would be the paperwork.

I heard i will need to get a degree in geology and then get the PG license. Seems to be difficult. Maybe there are better options.

RE: PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers

Most P.E.'s with Geotechnical specialty can generally meet the requirements in some states without a degree in geology.

RE: PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers

That's what i need to find out. I have been looking in some states and they all require a BS in geology.

RE: PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers


Are you sure you don't mean engineering geologist alike those described within the UBC (check out chapter 33)?  A PE (in most states) can provide most of the services a geologist does, but not an EG.

RE: PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers


I am sure it's the PG license. I didn't know the EG license exist.

Thanks anyways.

RE: PG (Professional Geologist) license for Civil engineers

The laws for PG vary with each state similar to the way that the PE laws do. It is generally required to have a geological science degree in order to qualify for the PG. An engineering degree most likely will not qualify you to sit for the PG

In California, there are some people with dual PG and Civil PE licenses. Most of them have both geological science and engineering degrees. I know of a person (not in CA) that started with a PG and then took some courses in order to qualify for the PE.

In some states, one can take the PE exam without an engineering degree. However, California for example will not let you take the PG without the degree in geology.

The legal requirement in California to take the PG exam states:

"graduation with a major in geological sciences from a college or university".

The engineering degree probably would not be acceptable, but some other geological science related degree might work.  Check with the local state board before investing in any course work.

Some states also have special licenses such as engineering geology, although it seems you have your mind set on the PE.

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