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FG/PG for civil engineers

FG/PG for civil engineers

FG/PG for civil engineers

thread1178-180476: March/07 Exam

Guys, can you please tell me in what state you took your FG/PG exams?.

I am civil engineer, and i am thinking to take both FG/PG tests sometime, but i have been checking the requirements from some states and most of them require a geololy degree which i don;t have.

Would you please let me know?,, thanks.

RE: FG/PG for civil engineers

I am a PE in California and Im working towards a PG.  Here is my story.

A few years ago I wrote the California Board of Geologists and asked if I could take the PG exam.  California requires a degree in geology to take the exam, although they dont specifically state that a BS is required.  An MS is okay.

Anyway, I asked if I could take it because I had taken quite a few geology classes, and had quite a bit of geology experience.  They called me back and said it looked okay and I should submit an application.

I submitted an application and they rejected it because I dont have a degree in geology.  Needless to say I was pissed off and felt I had been mislead.  I also lost a several hundred dollar non-refundable application fee.

So, I decided I could only do it by getting a degree in geology.  I found a school that would let me get a MS in geology, even though I dont have a BS.  I had quite a few geology classes.  An MS is better in my oppinion because it can take less time and its all elective classes.

In California you have to get several years of experience after you get your degree, so it is going to take some time.
However, I enjoy taking the classes and the degree will be another credential for me.

I think a PE and PG on your resume will be a strong credential.  Few people have both.

If you want to skip the degree you can try what I initially did, but it may not work.  If you are not limited to your home state there may be some that will allow experience in place of a degree.  Try to look them all up.  I think there is a table of requirements for each state on the ASBOG website.

Good luck

RE: FG/PG for civil engineers


Thanks a lot for your reply!.

I will sit for the PE exam on October. For some reason i though that the PG license (paperworkwise) was not going to be that difficult for Civil engineers.

As you can see, my questions refer to some old threat that was closed. It seems there were some civil engineers trying to obtain the PG license but they never said they got a geology degree.

It's hard for me to go back to school again (i have a MS in CE). I think there are some other states with more flexible requirements for Civil engineers in order to get the PG license. I think Texas is one of them, in fact i read somewhere, they do not require any geology degree.

Thanks a lot for your feedback and i hope you get your Ms soon that way you can sit for the exam ASAP.


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