Applicants for the Fundamentals of Soil Science (FSS) Exam or the Principles of Soil Science (PSS) Exam must hold a bachelor's or higher degree in soil science or a bachelor's degree that includes a miniumum number of equivalent soil science credits. Applicants may apply to sit early (prior to graduation) for the FSS Exam under certain circumstances.
For details on the above, see the application for the particular exam (below) or MN Rule 1800.3910 Subparts 1-5.
When you apply for the PSS Exam, you must provide evidence that you meet the qualifying experience requirements. Qualifying experience consists of varied, progressive, nonrepetitive, practical experience in soil science and must be verified by a licensed geologist or soil scientist or by a licensed professional engineer who has qualified education and experience in the soil science discipline. See MN Rule 1800.3910 Subp 6 for details.
How much experience you need depends upon the type of education you earned. See MN Rule 1800.3910 Subp. 3(B) for details. Use the Experience Reference form, which is part of the PSS Application Form packet to document your experience. You must customize and send a copy to every supervisor verifying your experience. The completed form must be sent by the supervisor directly to the Board.
In most instances, applicants must first pass the FSS Exam and then the PSS to be considered for licensure. Both exams are developed by the Council of Soil Science Examiners (CSSE), a committee of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).
Examination Application Packets
These application packets provide a wealth of information regarding the application process, including links to Minnesota rules and statutes. We encourage you to thoroughly review the instructions and the forms.
Fundamentals of Soil Science (FSS) Exam Application
Practice of Soil Science (PSS) Exam Application
Exam Application Deadlines
The FSS and PSS exams are pencil-and-paper exams administered by the Board in St. Paul. You apply for a particular administration of the exam and must re-apply if you do not then sit for the exam.
|FSS & PSS Exam Date||Board Application Deadline
|November 15, 2019||September 16, 2019|
|April 17, 2020|| February 18, 2020|
Once your application for an exam is approved, you will receive location, schedule, and other details by mail.
||Board Application Fee
||Exam Fee ||Total Due With Application|
*You must submit both the application and exam fees for your exam at the time of application to an exam. If your application is denied or withdrawn, the Board will refund the exam portion of your fee.
Next Steps After the Exams
Need to Retake an Exam?
See the application form for the exam you need to retake for how to reapply.
After Passing the FSS Exam
The Board will officially notify you by mail once you pass the FSS Exam. If you have already provided the Board with an official (sealed, sent directly from the institution) copy of your final transcript(s), the Board will include your Soil Scientist-In-Training (SSIT) number with your notification. If you sat prior to graduation and so submitted an unofficial transcript with your FSS application, note that the Board will not issue a SSIT number until they receive the required transcript(s).
Once you have your SSIT number and the required experience, you can apply to sit for the PSS Exam.
After Passing the PSS
Once you pass the PSS exam, you will be instructed by mail how to apply for your license. The license fee is $120.
Note: You are not licensed and cannot practice or hold out as licensed until the Board processes your license.
Regardless of when obtained, your license expires June 30th of every even-numbered year.