Two of the objectives of ISCA are to 1) Protect the Public Welfare and 2) Advance the Profession of Soil Classifying. The Association achieves these objectives by encouraging all soil classifiers to qualify for certification and by providing members with current technical information in soil classification, among other goals of the Association.
Standards and Requirements for Certification
In an abbreviated version, in order to be eligible for certification as a professional soil classifier in ISCA, applicants must:
subscribe to the Code of Ethics of ISCA
meet the qualifications of a Full Member of ISCA, although membership is not a requirement
submit a written application to the Certification Board
successfully pass a written examimation and a field practicum designed to determine the proficiency and qualifications of the applicant to engage in the practice of soil classifying
have actively practiced soil classifying in a responsible position for four years (or less with advanced degrees)
be competent to practice soil classification without direct supervision
provide references who are familiar with your work experience
A full version of theStandards and Requirements for Certification can be found by clicking the link or by checking in theMembership Handbook. The Code of Ethics, to which all Certified Professional Soil Classifier (CPSC) must adhere, are also included in the Membership Handbook. Each CPSC is required to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and pay an annual renewal fee of $25. A description of that process is included in the Standards.