Regulation of Professional Geologists

The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing staffs the geology program. Geologist certification in Alaska is based solely upon the registration requirements of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Certifications have no expiration date and require no renewal fees. Geologists who practice independently, on a contract basis, must obtain an Alaska Business License.

Regulated Professions

  • Professional Geologists

License Applications

Statutes and Regulations

Alaska Statutes are passed by the legislature. Regulations (also called the Alaska Administrative Code) are rules adopted by the department to implement, interpret, and make specific the statutes. Both statutes and regulations have the force of law.

AS 08.02.011 specifically applies to geologists. AS 08.01 - 08.03 and regulations 12 AAC 02 apply to all professions regulated by the division.

Proposed regulations are advertised in Alaska newspapers and we invite public comment on them. If you would like to receive notice of proposed regulations, please write to the regulations specialist and request that your name be added to the Geologists interested parties list. Please advise us if you move or wish your name removed from the mailing list.

  • Geologists Statute AS 08.02.011: "The Commissioner of Community and Economic Development shall certify an applicant as a professional geologist if the applicant is certified as a professional geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists."
  • Centralized Licensing Statutes AS 08.01-08.03. Applies to all professions.
  • Centralized Licensing Regulations 12 AAC 02. Fees, name and address changes, examinations review, general provisions. Applies to all professions.

National Organizations

National organizations may provide information on the regulation of the practice of geology in other states.

American Institute of Professional Geologists
1400 W 122nd Ave., Suite 250
Westminster, CO 80234
(303) 412-6205
(303) 253-9220 (fax)

Contact Information

Virginia Geary, Licensing Examiner
Phone: (907) 465-2695
Fax: (907) 465-2974
Email: virginia.geary@alaska.gov
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806