SECTION 40-77-240. Establishment of fees; examinations.

(A) The board in regulation shall establish application, examination, reexamination, registration, and reregistration fees which must be paid at the time of each application or reapplication.

(B) If the board denies the issuance of a certificate of registration to an applicant the initial fee deposited must be retained as an application fee. A registration fee must be collected before issuance of a certificate of registration to a qualified applicant and a reregistration fee is due and payable in accordance with Section 40-1-50.

(C) When examinations are required on fundamental geological subjects ordinarily given in college curricula, the applicant may take that part of the examination before completing the requisite years of scholastic studies in geology. The examination must be prepared and conducted as prescribed by the board with special reference to the applicant's ability to ensure the safety of life, health, and property.

(D) When written examinations are required to practice geology in this State, the examinations must be held at a time and place determined by the board. Examinations must be held at least annually.

131-06. Examinations. [S.C. ADC 131-06]

(A) Examinations shall be held at least annually provided there are qualified applicants.

(B) Applicants must be approved by the Board and notified in writing for authorization to take the examination. Each qualified applicant must provide written authorization from the Board to take the examination and provide picture identification prior to entering the examination room.

(C) Applicants are required to take examinations designed to test the applicant's general geological education and to measure the applicant's practical experience and knowledge in the application of geology and the code of professional ethics.

(D) Applicants taking an examination must receive a scaled score of seventy (70) or higher to pass the examination.

(E) An examination candidate who has failed an examination may, within thirty (30) days after the date of notice of the results of the examination, appeal the results of the examination to the Board. The petition for appeal must be in writing and must state the basis upon which the appeal is made. The examination candidate may be required to pay the required fee and costs of processing the appeal to the Board and/or testing organization.

(F) The Board, in its discretion, may adjust the scoring based on the outcome of an appeal by the candidate.

(G) An applicant may apply for re-examination twice without filing a new application and shall be re-examined upon payment of the required fee. An applicant who fails the same examination for a third time shall file a new application before being re-examined. A new application may not be filed sooner than one (1) year following the date of the last re-examination.

The National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) examination will be administered at the Geologist Board office located at 110 Centerview Drive, Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building, Columbia, S.C. in room 105. Registration for exams begin at 7:30 a.m. and exams begin at 8 a.m. unless otherwise stated.

You may find out more information about ASBOG examination at the following link. National Association of State Boards of Geology.