Become Certified

certs soils in fieldConsidering professional certification? The SSSA certification programs are voluntary and offer similar benefits to the public as licensing programs. The certification programs set standards for knowledge, skills, and conduct that define the professions of soil science (CPSS) and soil classification (CPSC). These certifications provide clients, employers, and government agencies with a tool to help them choose professionals with the necessary skills to meet their needs.





Already Certified

Earning certification brings you opportunity, recognition, and respect. As a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) or Certified Professional Soil Classifier (CPSC) you have demonstrated your commitment to your professiona and your continuing professional development.  Utilize our certification tools to manage your account information and continuing education units and stay current with industry stanadards.


Exam Information

The exams for the Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) certification and state Soil Scientist licensing programs are developed and maintained by the Council of Soil Science Examiners (CSSE). To achieve certification as a CPSS, you are required to pass both the Fundamentals of Soil Science and the Professional Practice exams.


Find a Professional - Certification Directory

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has provided the perfect location and tracking system to locate one of our 1,000+ Certified Professional Soil Scientists (CPSSs) or Certified Professional Soil Classifiers (CPSCs) within your area. You can search by Certification, Area of Expertise, City, State, Region or Zip code.



Fall 2016 Exam
November 18, 2016

Registration has closed for the November 2016 exam.

Spring 2017 Exam
April 21, 2017

Registration Dates:
January 16 - March 10, 2017