To qualify, an applicant must document that either: 1) they have graduated from an accredited college or university in Michigan with a degree in geology, engineering geology, or a related geological science; OR 2) they have successfully completed 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of courses in physical and historical geology, mineralogy, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy and sedimentation, field geology, hydrogeology, economic geology, geochemistry, paleontology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomorphology, or geophysics, or equivalent courses as determined by CMU.

For currently enrolled students, documentation may be provided in the form of a letter signed by an active professor in their department or unofficial transcripts may be submitted. Graduates will need to provide an official transcript documenting their undergraduate degree in geology, engineering geology, or a related geological science.
The FG examinations are given twice each year in March and October on dates set by ASBOG. Upcoming dates include: 

  • March 15, 2019
  • October 4, 2019
  • March 20, 2020
  • October 2, 2020
  • March 19, 2021
  • October 1, 2021
  • March 18, 2022
  • September 30, 2022 
Central Michigan University is the only authorized location for the ASBOG FG examination in the State of Michigan. Directions for finding the CMU Testing Center are sent along with registration materials to approved applicants.
Application is a two-step process. First, fill out and return the CMU FG EXAMINATION APPLICATION. After your application is approved by CMU, we will send you an authorized GEOLOGY EXAMINATION CANDIDATE REQUEST FORM with instructions on how to complete it and register with ASBOG.
For March examination dates, the CMU application deadline is January 15th and the subsequent test registration deadline with ASBOG for approved applicants is January 24th.

For October examination dates, the CMU application deadline is August 6th and the subsequent test registration deadline with ASBOG for approved applicants is August 15th.
There are two fees associated with taking the FG examination:
  • $35 nonrefundable application fee payable to Central Michigan University
  • $200 FG examination registration fee payable to ASBOG
Grades are mailed to the candidates approximately 8-10 weeks after the date of the examination.
Yes. FG examination results are accepted by state boards in all ASBOG member states.
Recommendations for exam preparation and sample exam questions are provided in a Candidate Handbook available at the ASBOG website.