*Effective March 1, 2021, the address for the Indiana Geological & Water Survey and Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists is 1001 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405. We are still in the east wing of the Geology building on the Indiana University campus for in-person visitors.
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The Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists administers Indiana Code 25-17.6 and Indiana Administrative Code Title 305 to ensure competency and integrity in the public practice of geology. The board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession as a professional geologist. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality.
- Ronald Hosek, LPG #1830
- John Noel, LPG #1681
- Rachel Walker, LPG #2373
- Todd Thompson, Chair
- Chad Crabtree, Member-at-Large
In accordance with Public Law 134-2012; Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-3-6; the InBLPG adopted at its January 31, 2013 meeting the Electronic Means Participation Policy, which permits the board to validly conduct a public meeting with some members in remote locations attending by electronic means.
* Effective January 15, 2015 the Indiana Geological Survey and LPG Program NO LONGER PROCESSES payments received by email, voicemail or fax. We kindly request you make payments online. Alternately, you can transmit credit card information by phone to an IGWS representative during business hours or by USPS mail.
Who should be licensed?
Examples of the types of services that constitute the public practice of geology include but are not limited to:
- Bedrock and surficial sediment mapping used in the planning and design of foundations, buildings, dams, bridges, highways, power plants, water tanks, and transmission towers
- Geomorphological mapping of land subsidence and ground failure.
- Geophysical measurements used in mineral exploration or environmental investigations, such as gravity, electrical conductivity and resistivity, seismic refraction, and ground-penetrating radar.
- Ground vibration analysis in association with earthquakes and blasting.
- Ground water quality or quantity investigations, such as ground water modeling or monitoring well network design.
- Oil, gas, and mineral resources exploration and reserve estimation.
Many other services fall within the definition of public practice of geology. If you perform these services, you should be licensed as a professional geologist.
How do I get a license?
Following the receipt of the baccalaureate degree, Indiana requires successful completion of at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in geosciences culminating in a baccalaureate or advanced degree.
Indiana law requires some combination of the following professional experience to qualify for licensure as a professional geologist:
- Five years teaching as a faculty member at the university level.
- Five years postdoctoral research in geoscience at an accredited university.
- Five years work performed under the supervision of or in collaboration with a licensed professional geologist.
- Seven years of professional geological work.
Indiana requires passing scores on both the Fundamentals of Geology and the Practice of Geology portions of the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) examination. Exam scores from state specific exams that were in place before the ASBOG® was developed are accepted to meet the examination requirement.
What is the public practice of geology?
Indiana Code defines the public practice of geology as the performance of service to the public in connection with geological descriptions, locations, and evaluations of geological materials, liquids, and gases, and the natural processes acting upon them. This includes geological consulting, investigating, evaluating, designing, and planning.