Exam Information

After the AGP Application Committee accepts your completed application, an oral exam (usually via video-conference) will be conducted by a three-person panel comprised of current Diplomates. All exams are confidential and will consist of three parts: a brief summary of your experience and current responsibilities; a 20 to 30 minute presentation of a project on which you were lead engineer and which demonstrates advanced understanding of at least one area of geotechnical engineering; and a question and answer period with the examiners dealing with your overall experience, as well as the project presented. The examination should take approximately one hour.

To demonstrate advanced understanding in at least one area of the Body of Knowledge, you can speak from notes, maps, drawings, PPT or any other prop you choose. 

After your presentation, during the question and answer period, the panel will have questions about your experience and some related questions of a broader technical nature as well as a discussion of ethics.  The only preparation for this would be to review the ASCE canons and code of ethics and to gather your experience in a format that makes it comfortable for you to discuss.

This will be an informal process in which the panel wants to see the extent of your experience and understanding of geotechnical engineering and application of ethics in engineering.

You will be notified of your exam results within one week of your exam.

Please contact staff if you have any questions about the examination process.

AGP maintains the confidentiality of each applicant’s examination results, recertification information, and any other information on file unless authorized to release the information by the candidate/certificant or if required by law.​