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Although our building in Gardiner, Maine is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our staff remains available to resolve your complaints, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and regulated industries.

 

Please contact us by email or by phone or through our other online services, and we will assist you. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

 

The staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation

 

Notice Regarding License Verification Requests

Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx.This database is updated in real time as changes occur.The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.

 

Future correspondence from the State Board of Licensure of Geologists and Soil Scientists will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.

 

How to apply for a license

Features of our online Licensing System

 

ATTENTION Geologists and Soil Scientists: 

For your information, effective September 19, 2019 the State Board of Licensure of Geologists and Soil Scientists law deleted outdated terminology by removing all references of “certified geologist” and “certified soil scientist” and replacing them with “licensed geologist” and “licensed soil scientist”, as appropriate.  Updating the term with “licensed” does not affect the professional qualifications you hold as a geologist or soil scientist.

Please visit the Board’s website at http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/geologists/index.html to learn more about the new law.

What's New
Veterans Preference Policy (adopted February 2017) OPOR Veterans Preference Policy February 2017
Laws

New Law Takes Effect September 19, 2019


Public Law Chapter 285 (LD1754) An Act To Amend the Geologist and Soil Scientist Licensing Laws
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1249&item=3&snum=129

The highlights of the new law allows qualified persons more options as to when they can take the soil science and geology fundamentals and practice exams, and gives another pathway to become licensed as a soil scientist. Please read the full text of the changes by clicking on the link above.
Here are the highlights:

  • WHEN YOU CAN TAKE THE ASBOG FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY EXAM The new law allows persons to take the ASBOG fundamentals of geology examination and the Maine local knowledge examination in the final year prior to or after graduation from an accredited 4-year or graduate -level program as long as persons have completed the minimum 30 credit hours in geological sciences.
  • WHEN YOU CAN TAKE THE ASBOG PRACTICE OF GEOLOGY EXAM The new law allows persons to take the ASBOG practice  of geology examination  after completing the work experience requirements.
  • WHEN YOU CAN TAKE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE EXAM The new law allows persons to take the fundamentals of soil science examination in the final year prior to or after graduation from an accredited 2-year program or in the final year prior to or after graduation from an accredited 4-year or graduate-level program as long as persons have completed the minimum 15 credit hours of soil or soil-related courses.
  • WHEN YOU CAN TAKE THE MAINE SOIL SCIENCE PRACTICE EXAM The new law allows persons to take the Maine soil science professional practice examination after completing the work experience requirements.
  • ASSOCIATE DEGREE PATHWAY TOWARD LICENSURE AS A SOIL SCIENTIST The new law allows persons to become licensed soil scientists who have completed an associate degree from an accredited 2-year college in soils, plants, engineering, geology, biology, forestry or other natural resources science.
Rulemaking Changes

None at this time.

Requirement to Report Convictions and Contact Information Within 10 Days of the Occurance 10 Day Notification

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: April 27, 2020