Menu
Log in
Log in


PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

The PG license in New York State

New York State became the 32nd state to require that professional geologists be licensed to practice the profession in the state. Licensure assures the public that decisions regarding geological issues in New York will be made by qualified professionals. New York  agencies recognize the need to protect the public and ensure competency by requiring certain activities be performed by licensed professionals, including geologists. Given the geological issues in New York, there has never been a better time or stronger need to promote the professional licensure of geologists to help protect New York's citizens, natural resources, and the environment. 


  LICENSURE RENEWAL

Renewal service is available for licensees of all professions who are in the final 5 months of their current registration period or no more than 4 months past the expiration of their last valid registration period. Here is what you should do, and, more importantly, shouldn’t forget not to do:

Registration Renewal Notice (click to expand) This notice will contain everything you need to know to renew your license:
    1. It clearly states that this will be the only notice you will receive before your registration expires, so do not accidentally discard this notice, or put it aside and forget about it;
    2. The notice will contain a PIN that you will need to renew your registration. If you lose the PIN, you will have to request a new one. You will also need to enter your license number and profession ("Professional Geology");
    3. The notice will contain the web address you will need to renew your registration: www.op.nysed.gov/renewalinfo.htm;
    4. The notice will also contain a sheet that says “Please Read this and the Enclosed Registration Renewal Document Carefully.” This is something you should not ignore. Some of the highlights include:
Renew Online : you are encoureged to renew online. You can update your address, request an optional professional photo identification card (additional $30), or choose to become inactive.

Month of Birth Renewal System:New York uses a month-of-birth-based registration system. Since this will be your first renewal, your next renewal cycle will be a transition period. As a result, your new license period will be between 2 and 3 years and end the month prior to your month of birth (e.g., if you received your license in December 2016, and your birthday is in March, your new renewal period will be December 2019 to February 28, 2022). The registration fee will be prorated so that you only pay for the number of months included in your transition period. After this transition period, your registration periods will be a full three years.

  NYSCPG JOB BOARD

The NYSCPG Job Board is available for members and nonmembers to post open positions and to view current postings. Members are able to create postings for free and can choose to post for 30, 60, or 90 days; non-members must pay a fee.

Both members and non-members may pay a fee in order to boost their posting for the duration they choose, which will promote the posting on the NYSCPG board as well as the Google Jobs Network. If you have any questions about posting, reach out to support@nyscpg.com.

Access the Job Board by clicking this image:


  GEOLOGY LAWS

NYSCPG recommends all people interested in becoming professional geologists take the time to read and understand the laws and regulations that govern the licensed individual and companies.

Geology Laws and Regulations
Education Law- Article-145

The Education law defines the profession of geology and its place within the other Design Professions of Engineering and Land Surveying. Section 7211 of the Education Law applies to the continuing education requirements.

Rules of the Board of Regents- Part 29

Part 29 of the rules deals with Unprofessional Conduct in which Section 29.1 deals with General Provisions and Section 29.3 deals specifically with the Design Professions.

Comissioners's Regulations

The following sections provide the basis for the foverning regulations for licensure of Geologists and other Design Professionals:

Part 52.46 - Professional Geologist

Part 68- Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology. Sections 68.14 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education applies to the continuing education requirements.

  LICENSURE VERIFICATION AND STATISTICS

You can view an official online verification of any New York State Professional license- for both individuals as well as Professional Business Entities- by using the Office of the Professions Online Verification Service at  http://www.op.nysed.gov/opsearches.htm.

Below is the breakdown of NYS licensed Geologists as of January 2024.

(Last Updated: January 1, 2024)

County

Number

County

Number

County

Number

Albany

33

Jefferson

1

Saratoga

55

Allegany

1

Kings

11

Schenectady

18

Bronx

1

Lewis

0

Schoharie

6

Broome

3

Livingston

1

Schuyler

0

Cattataugus

2

Madison

9

Seneca

0

Cayuga

2

Monroe

23

Steuben

1

Chautauqua

3

Montgomery

1

St. Lawrence

4

Chemung

0

Nassau

40

Suffolk

124

Chenango

1

New York

10

Sullivan

1

Clinton

7

Niagara

11

Tioga

0

Columbia

4

Oneida

5

Tompkins

4

Cortland

5

Onondaga

45

Ulster

14

Delaware

0

Ontario

3

Warren

3

Dutchess

18

Orange

19

Washington

3

Erie

66

Orleans

0

Wayne

2

Essex

0

Oswego

1

Westchester

19

Franklin

2

Otsego

1

Wyoming

1

Fulton

1

Putnam

1

Yates

2

Genesee

3

Queens

10

NYS TOTAL

622

Greene

2

Rensselaer

14

OTHER US

517

Hamilton

0

Richmond

0

NON-US

4

Herkimer

1

Rockland

5

TOTAL

1,143

As of January 2024, there are 1,143 NYS-licensed Professional Geologists. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Total NYS-Based NYS Professional Geologists: 655(54.4%)
  • Total NYS-Licensed Professional Geologists from Bordering States (CT, NJ, MA, PA, and VT): 538 (45.2%)
  • There are NYS-Licensed Professional Geologists from 42 States and 3 foreign countries (CN, UK, and the North Marianas Islands)

* - County of location reflects the licensee's primary mailing address on record with the NYSED. Licensees must be registered in order to practice or use the professional title within New York State; being registered, however, does not necessarily mean the licensee is actively engaged in practice.


NYSCPG is the principal organization of professional geologists responsible for the advancement of the competent and ethical practice of geology in New York State.
If you are a geologist working or studying in New York State, we invite you to join the NYSCPG. We also welcome and appreciate academic and corporate sponsorship. Keep current, keep connected! 

Find us

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software