Short of state licensure, certification is a way to validate the technical knowledge and practical field skills of those who practice soil classifying. ISCA developed the Standards for Certification in 1980 as a way to self-certify Professional Soil Classifiers. The Standards are maintained by the Ethics, Certification and Membership Committee and all changes to the Standards must be approved by the Full Membership of the Association. The Certification Board administers the Standards, maintains records of Certified Professional Soil Classifiers, and processes applications for certification.
Click on the CERTIFICATION button below for more information concerning the standards and requirements for certification, for the application for certification, and for the address to send the application.
The Board consists of six ISCA Certified Professional Soil Classifiers who are also Full Members of the Association. Board members serve staggered three-year terms. The in-coming president of ISCA appoints two new members to the Board at the Annual Meeting. The Board elects their own officers each term.
The Certification Board and officers are listed below along with their term expiration date:
Robert Tegeler '21, Secretary
John Ford '21
Michael Konen '22
Paul Brown '22
Bruce Putman, Chair '23
The Certification Board is self-governing and selects the Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer after the Annual Meeting.
Fees, Renewals, & PDHs
Certified Professional Soil Classifiers (CPSC) must pay an annual fee of $25 to maintain their certification. Click this annual fee link to pay on-line or send your check made payable to the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association to:
Robert Tegeler, Secretary/Treasurer
ISCA Certification Board
124 Joan Dr.
Divernon, IL 62530
CertificationBoardSecretary @ illinoissoils.org
In addition to an annual fee, every CPSC shall renew their certification at the end of a five-year period. Professional Development hours (PDHs) must be earned within that five-year renewal period. PDHs must be submitted to the Board for approval and may be submitted anytime during that five year period. Annual submission of PDHs is preferred. Full details about the renewal process are found in the Standards.
You may submit PDHs by any of three methods:
1.) To submit on-line, click this link: On-line PDH Submision.