The mission of the board, established in 1977, is to safeguard the health, welfare and property of Oregonians with respect to geologic practice in Oregon. The board accomplishes this primarily through registration of geologists. The board also reviews complaints about geologist conduct and practice or unlicensed geologic practice and has authority to impose civil penalties, suspend, revoke or not renew registrations or seek other resolutions as appropriate. In addition, the board works to inform the public, government agencies and others about the practice of geology.
The board sets examination, education and experience standards for geologist registration and for a specialty certification in engineering geology, evaluates applications for examination and registration based on these standards and administers national and engineering geology specialty examinations. Geologists licensed in other states or jurisdictions can apply for registration in Oregon but must meet all of the board’s standards.
Approximately 1,100 geologists are registered to practice in Oregon with over 230 also holding certification in engineering geology. The board is composed of four Oregon registered geologists, the state geologist and a public member and is served by two staff, an executive director and registration specialist.