Professional Soil Scientist Exam Information

Complete both of the required examination components below:

  1. Fundamentals of Soil Science Examination
  2. Principles and Practice of Soil Science Examination

Fundamentals of Soil Science Examination

To be eligible to take the fundamentals of soil science examination, meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be not less than second semester senior standing in a bachelor program in soil science meeting the requirements of ch. GHSS 4.04, Wisc. Administrative Code;
  2. Have completed at least 24 semester hours or 36-quarter hours in soil science and be of not less than second semester senior in a bachelor program meeting the requirements of ch. GHSS 4.04, WIsc. Administrative Code;
  3. Have a bachelor's degree and have completed at least 5 years of experience, at least one year of which must have been performed under the supervision of a person who is at the time of the application registered as a professional soil scientist.

Principles and Practice of Soil Science Examination

To be eligible to take the principles and practice of soil science examination, meet one of the two options below:

  1. Option 1
    • Have a bachelor's degree with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in soil science meeting the requirements in ch. GHSS 4.04, Wisc. Administrative Code or have at least 5 years of professional experience in addition to the qualifying experience which is determined by the Section to be equivalent; and
    • Have completed at least 4 years of professional experience in soil science work or completed at least 3 years of professional experience in soil science work if the applicant has 1 or more advanced degrees relevant to the practice of professional soil science demonstrating the applicant is qualified to assume responsible charge of soil science work.  At least 1 year of the qualifying professional experience must have been performed under a supervisor who is a registered professional soil scientist either in this state or in any other state, or who is deemed qualified by the Section to have responsible charge of soil science work.
  2. Option 2
    • Have a bachelor's degree with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in soil science meeting the requirements in ch. GHSS 4.04, Wisc. Administrative Code or have at least 5 years of professional experience in addition to the qualifying experience which is determined by the Section to be equivalent; and
    • Have completed at least 6 years of professional experience in soil science work or completed at least 5 years of professional experience in soil science work if the applicant has 1 or more advanced degrees relevant to the practice of professional soil science demonstrating the applicant is qualified to assume responsible charge of soil science work.  At least 1 year of the qualifying professional experience must have been performed under a peer review system.

Examination Dates

Exam DateDeadline​Location
04/20/1860 Days Prior​DSPS
11/16/1860 Days Prior​DSPS