Applying for Licensure as a Geotechnical Engineer:

Apply for California State Geotechnical Exam

  • Verify you have the required qualifying experience
  • Submit your application for licensure to the Board once you have sufficient qualifying experience.
  • The exam is administered twice a year, however can only be taken once per year.
  • There is no final filing date. Applications will be accepted and processed on a continuous basis.

You must allow the Board a minimum of 60 days from when you submit your application to process your application. Do not contact the Board within the initial 60-day period to ask about the status of your application. If you have not received any communication from the Board after the initial 60-day period, you may contact the Board's Licensing Unit at (916) 263-2222 or


If you wish to have proof that your application was received, you need to use a delivery method that provides tracking and delivery confirmation.


  • You will be notified of your exam date once your application is approved by the Board.


  • Submit the Re-Examination Form and appropriate exam fee to the Board. You must submit your Re-Examination Form to the Board a minimum of 30 days prior to the published date for the next administration of the Geotechnical exam.
  • If submitted as described above, you will receive an email with an Authorization to Test and instructions for how to schedule your exam seat.
Click HERE for application instructions and forms.