Benefits and Process of Obtaining CPSS Designation  Frank Gibbs Resource Soil Scientist-NRCS Andy Kleinschmidt Ohio State ...
Objectives <ul><ul><li>Benefits of designation as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proce...
 
Background <ul><li>Not a licensing program, but a voluntary program.  </li></ul><ul><li>The certification program sets the...
Benefits <ul><li>Well, you get to work closely with soil. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wor...
Benefits (con’t) <ul><li>Networking, you’ll expand your professional network (your network is your net worth) </li></ul><u...
 
Process <ul><li>Well, I hope you are excited about the opportunities! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s discuss the process </li></u...
Education Requirements  <ul><li>I concede that obtaining the education requirements is likely the #1 issue holding most pe...
 
Education requirements (con’t) <ul><li>There are two sections: “Professional Core” and “Supporting Core” </li></ul><ul><li...
Education requirements (con’t) <ul><li>“ Professional core” – unless you were an agronomy or soil science major you are se...
Education requirements (con’t) <ul><li>Where to go to get these classes </li></ul><ul><li>The certification requirement is...
 
Again, where there’s a will… <ul><li>ISU online M.S. agronomy course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15 semester hours of SOIL SCIEN...
Don’t overlook other institutions! <ul><li>There is no reason you cannot pick up the ‘Supporting Core’ courses (remember, ...
Experience/Knowledge <ul><li>I spent most of my time discussing education requirements because that is the major hurdle. <...
Resources for you <ul><li>ISU M.S. Agronomy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// masters.agron.iastate.edu /   </li></ul></ul><ul...
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Benefits And Process Of Obtaining Certified Soil Scientist Designation

  1. 1. Benefits and Process of Obtaining CPSS Designation Frank Gibbs Resource Soil Scientist-NRCS Andy Kleinschmidt Ohio State University Extension
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><ul><li>Benefits of designation as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process of becoming Certified </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Background <ul><li>Not a licensing program, but a voluntary program. </li></ul><ul><li>The certification program sets the minimum standards of skills, knowledge and conduct. </li></ul><ul><li>If your education, experience or career is involved with soil science I strongly encourage you to consider obtaining certification. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Benefits <ul><li>Well, you get to work closely with soil. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with biosolid application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine soil capacity for wastewater disposal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full gambit of agricultural/environmental applications (e.g. remediation) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Benefits (con’t) <ul><li>Networking, you’ll expand your professional network (your network is your net worth) </li></ul><ul><li>Career opportunities open up at private-sector consulting, government, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Self-employment as a private consultant (not just for household septic systems) </li></ul>
  6. 8. Process <ul><li>Well, I hope you are excited about the opportunities! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s discuss the process </li></ul><ul><li>There are three main areas to address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Requirements (B.S. is minimum) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate Knowledge (exam) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. Education Requirements <ul><li>I concede that obtaining the education requirements is likely the #1 issue holding most people from jumping into this certification </li></ul><ul><li>The education requirements are stringent, but necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>I liken this certification to that of a PE or PG. </li></ul><ul><li>Educ. requirements important, because you will be considered the soil expert once certified. </li></ul>
  8. 11. Education requirements (con’t) <ul><li>There are two sections: “Professional Core” and “Supporting Core” </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll discuss the Supporting Core first, since you likely have taken some of these courses </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Core </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Math, chemistry, physics, stats, communication, econ, engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A few of these are basic classes (comm, math, econ) that many college grads have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally need 3.0 semester hours or 5.0 quarter hours in each of these courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t trust your memory! Look at your official university transcript. You may have taken more of these than you thought. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 12. Education requirements (con’t) <ul><li>“ Professional core” – unless you were an agronomy or soil science major you are severely lacking here. </li></ul><ul><li>BUT DON’T BE DISCOURAGED!!!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must have 15.0 semester hours of soil science (23.0 quarter hours) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must have 6.0 semester hours of botany and soil biology (9.0 quarter hours) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Includes agronomy, horticulture science, forestry, microbiology, biology, plant physiology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These can be BASIC 100- or 200-level courses. Does not have to be high level or graduate courses!!!!! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 13. Education requirements (con’t) <ul><li>Where to go to get these classes </li></ul><ul><li>The certification requirement is loose on where you can obtain your class work “…any major U.S. or Canadian institution…” </li></ul><ul><li>Where there is a will, there is a way -> </li></ul>
  11. 15. Again, where there’s a will… <ul><li>ISU online M.S. agronomy course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15 semester hours of SOIL SCIENCE! (with prereq’s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 semester hours of botany/soil biology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost: DOES NOT CHARGE OUT OF STATE TUITION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t have to quit your job – all online and flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll need to pick up only a few prereq’s in intro soil science (very basic) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As near as I can tell, this is the MOST FLEXIBLE program available </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosure: I am an ISU graduate (M.S. ISU ’97) but I am in no way tied to this program. </li></ul>
  12. 16. Don’t overlook other institutions! <ul><li>There is no reason you cannot pick up the ‘Supporting Core’ courses (remember, these are basic classes that deal with math, physics, econ, etc) at a local accredited community college or outreach of a major institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Even a few of your “Professional Core” classes may be picked up at a local community college. </li></ul>
  13. 17. Experience/Knowledge <ul><li>I spent most of my time discussing education requirements because that is the major hurdle. </li></ul><ul><li>The other two components are Experience and Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience: 5 yrs with B.S. degree; 3 yrs with M.S. (possible mentoring program) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge: take and pass a Fundamentals Exam and Professional Practice exam </li></ul></ul>
  14. 18. Resources for you <ul><li>ISU M.S. Agronomy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// masters.agron.iastate.edu / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Official site of Certified Professional Soil Scientists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>https://www.soils.org/certifications/cpss-cpsc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My email </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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