A Soil Scientist is a person engaged in the practice of soil science.
Practice of Soil Science means any professional service, which requires
the application of pedological principles and data. Such professional
service includes identification and mapping of soils according to the
standards of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, consultation or evaluation.
How to apply
- Application fee of $25.00
- License fee of $170.00
- Criminal background check fee of $21.00
- Be a graduate of an approved 4-year college curriculum leading
to a Baccalaureate Degree, in which the applicant has successfully
completed a minimum of 15 credit hours of soil or soil-related
courses of a pedological nature and have a specific record of
an additional 3 years or more of experience in soil science
of a grade and character that indicates to the board that the
applicant may be competent to practice as a soil scientist and
be otherwise qualified. Teaching pedological courses in a college
or university offering an approved 4-year soil science or argonomic
curriculum must be considered as experience in soils investigations.
- Applicants may sit for the General Practice examination upon
graduation from an approved 4-year college and may sit for the
Professional Practice examination upon completion of the experience
- 3 years experience in soil science. The 3 years experience
does not imply a sequence of obtaining a degree and then experience.
Experience time may not be granted for time while enrolled in
courses, but summer employment must be counted even though a
degree may not have been obtained. Actual field experience in
an acceptable apprenticeship program counts as experience time.
Each degree beyond the bachelor's degree counts as one year
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Renewal fees and information
- Annual renewal fee of $170.00
- A late fee of $50.00 is assessed for licenses renewed after
the license expiration date.
- Any person who submits an application for renewal more than
90 days after the expiration date shall be subject to all requirements
governing new applicants.
out the online renewal application and submit.
The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions
for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission
of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic
renewal of your license.
October 16, 2019