The Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists is composed of three professional soil scientists, three wetland delineators, three geologists, two citizen members, and the State Geologist.

 

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Applicants must read and understand the Board Regulations. Application fees are not refundable. 

DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.

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Professional Soil Scientists 

License Application (for NEW applicants)         Interactive Static
Universal License Recognition Interactive Static
Experience Log  Interactive Static
Renewal Form Interactive Static


Wetland Delineators

Application for Certification                                Interactive Static
Universal License Recognition Interactive Static
ULR Wetland Experience  Interactive  Static
Experience Log  Interactive Static
Reference Form Interactive Static

  

Geologists

Core Requirements Information Sheet   Static
Application for Certification/Reinstatement Interactive Static
Universal License Recognition Interactive Static
Geologist-In-Training Designation Application   Interactive Static
Experience Log Interactive Static

 

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Statutes

Regulations

Pending regulatory action (proposed changes, public hearings, etc.)

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The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

Visit the Town Hall: https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/Meetings.cfm?BoardID=15

Soil Scientists and Wetland Delineators Exams | Geologist Exam 

Soil Scientists and Wetland Delineators

Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the exam. 
 

  SOIL SCIENTISTS  WETLAND DELINEATORS 
Exam Administrator  Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) DPOR Examinations Section
Frequency and Dates of Exams  Information about frequency and dates here.

February 2, 2024
August 2, 2024

Application and Fee Deadlines 

No application deadline. Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis.

For February 2024 exam: 

  • Application deadline is November 2, 2023
  • Exam fee deadline is January 2, 2024
For August 2024 exam:
  • Application deadline is May 2, 2024
  • Exam fee deadline is July 2, 2024
Application Fee  $90 application fee $90 application fee
Exam Fees  $260 for each exam  $150 
Exam Location  Internet based testing with remote proctoring Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation
Perimeter Center, Suite 400
9960 Mayland Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration? 

 Additional exam information is available here.

Only applicants approved by the Board should contact the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) at (608) 273-8085 or certification@soils.org.  

Exam FAQs are available here.

Remote proctor information is available here.

Remote proctor FAQs are available here.  

Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF)  
(08/07/2023)

Only applicants approved by the Board should contact the DPOR Examinations Section at (804) 367-8544 or exams@dpor.virginia.gov. 

Other Questions?  For application information, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8506. For application information, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8506.

Geologists

The Virginia Board uses the national examination developed by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG).
Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the exam. 

Exam Administrator   Prometric
 
Frequency and Dates of Exams  2024

Information about dates here.

Application and Fee Deadline  

For Spring 2024 exam:  
December 19, 2023 

For Fall 2024 exam:  
July 3, 2024

Submit application and application fee directly to Board before registering with Prometric for the exam.

Exam Fees and Deadlines* 
Payable to Prometric 
 
 
  • $325 Practice of Geology
  • $275 Fundamentals of Geology

Prometric will send an email approximately 6 weeks before the exam administration with payment and scheduling information.

Exam Locations  All Prometric test sites in Virginia
Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?   Only applicants approved by the Board will register with Prometric. Contact the Board for information at 804-367-8506 or Geology@dpor.virginia.gov.
 
New Online Prep Course

ASBOG introduces a new online preparatory course designed to aid candidates in their preparations for the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) exam.  The 8-hour modular program was developed by a distinguished panel of licensed academic professional geologists from across the nation.  The course provides an overview of topics tied to FG exam domains as well as interactive quizzes. Participants will have the flexibility to select one of three course packages to best suit their individual needs. Options include the Full Course (including all eight study modules), or one of the more focused study courses - the Core Domain Bundle (including five study modules) or the Applied Domain Bundle (four study modules).
 

Candidates interested in the Prep Course can view a free comprehensive overview video of the FG Prep Course contents.  Additional information can also be found on the ASBOG website.

Other Questions?  To check on application status or for other questions, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8506 or Geology@dpor.virginia.gov.

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Board News

  • The Geology of Virginia is now available for purchase from the Virginia Museum of Natural History's online store for $35 each. The 538-page book is the first comprehensive review of Virginia's geology published in more than a century and describes, in depth, the geological features and history of all regions of the Commonwealth. Learn more at the VMNH website.
  • Information about VDH Stakeholder Facilitation (SHIFT)Overview, meetings, and documents related to transition and private-sector participation in onsite sewage program administration and oversight.  

BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL SOIL SCIENTISTS,

WETLAND PROFESSIONALS and GEOLOGISTS

FAQS


SOIL SCIENTISTS FAQS


Question: I’ve already taken the Fundamentals exam (or both the Fundamentals and the Professional Practice Exam), how do I get my exam scores to you?

Answer: Please send confirmation of your exam scores from the Soil Science Society of America in with your completed application.


Question: I teach a college course or give seminars where CE is earned, can I use that towards my eight contact hours of continuing education per year requirement for renewal?

Answer: Most likely, please submit any documentation you have showing you were the lecturer and how much credit students or persons otherwise instructed received and it will be reviewed.


Question: I have a degree but I don’t know if it counts as a soil science curriculum or related natural science degree. Will my education be enough?

Answer: Your degree may meet the requirements if a certain amount of semester hours have been earned in certain areas, please check regulation 18VAC145-20-91 for more information.



WETLAND PROFESSIONALS FAQS
 

Question: Do all of my references have to be certified wetland delineators?

Answer: While all 3 references have to be wetland professionals, only one has to be certified.


Question: Can a reference also verify my experience? 

Answer: No. References may not verify experience and vice versa.


Question: I have a degree but I do not know if it counts as a similar biological, physical, natural science, or environmental science degree. Will my education be enough?

Answer: Your degree may meet the requirement if it has a certain number of semester hours earned in certain areas, please check regulation 18VAC145-30-60 for more information.

 

Question: Does the course in state and federal wetland delineation methods need to contain an instructor-led field component?

Answer:  The course must have a field component.  It is strongly recommended that a course with an instructor-led field component is taken to ensure appropriate procedures are learned.


GEOLOGISTS FAQS
 

Question: Do I actually need the GIT Designation?

Answer: The designation itself is optional and not a requirement for PG certification


Question: Should I submit both the GIT Designation Application and the PG Certification Application at the same time?

Answer: If you only qualify for the GIT Designation, please only submit the Designation Application. If you qualify for the PG Certification, please only submit the Certification Application. Because the GIT Designation is not a requirement, there is no need to submit both applications at the same time if you qualify for the PG Certification.
 

Board Roster

Board Executive Director

Kathleen (Kate) R. Nosbisch

Board Administrator

Vacant

Member Roster

Board Member Roster

Michael D. Lawless

  • Blacksburg
  • First four-year term ends June 30, 2025
  • Certified Professional Geologist

Douglas A. DeBerry

  • Williamsburg
  • Second four-year term ends June 30, 2025
  • Wetland Professional | Teaching & Research

Robin L. Bedenbaugh

  • Midlothian
  • Second four-year term ends June 30, 2024
  • Wetland Professional | Delineation & Description

Justin T. Brown

  • Glen Allen
  • Second four-year term ends June 30, 2026
  • Wetland Delineator

Shannon George

  • Harrisonburg
  • First four-year term ends June 30, 2026
  • Certified Professional Geologist

Steven Yob

  • Glen Allen
  • First four-year term ends June 30, 2026
  • Citizen Member

Carlyle Robin Jones | Board Vice-Chair

  • Richmond
  • Second four-year term ends June 30, 2023
  • Citizen Member

Larry J. Giannasi

  • Mechanicsville
  • Second four-year term ends June 30, 2025
  • Professional Soil Scientist | Soil Suitability and Land Use

R. Drew Thomas | Board Chair

  • Gainesville
  • Second four-year term ends June 30, 2024
  • Certified Professional Geologist

David Hall

  • Floyd
  • First four-year term ends June 30, 2024
  • Professional Soil Scientist and On Site Soil Evaluator

Matt Heller

  • State Geologist (ex officio member)

Bennette D. Burks

  • Richmond
  • Second four-year term ends June 30, 2024
  • Citizen Member

Alexis E. Jones

  • Greensville County
  • First four-year term ends June 30, 2024
  • Professional Soil Scientist

Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. 

DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (Interactive | Static). A temporary, non-renewable 12-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements is also an option if necessary. [Section 54.1-119

  • Military spouses also can get help covering the costs of transferring their professional licenses or certifications when they experience a permanent-change-of-station move with their service member spouse

For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118). The Virginia Department of Veteran Services does not reimburse for exam costs. However, Veterans can be reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The link for the information is here: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/how-to-use-benefits/test-fees.

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