Agricultural scientists normally need graduate degrees. Jobs at universities, in independent research or research administration, require masterâ€™s degrees and sometimes PhDâ€™s in agricultural science or a related science such as molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, biotechnology, chemistry or physics. Graduates with bachelorâ€™s degrees can work in applied research, product development, and regulatory fields but mainly in certain subfields, like food science and technology.
The American Society of Agronomy (http://www.soils.org/certification/) offers voluntary certification programs in crops, agronomy, crop advising, soils, horticulture, plant pathology and weed science.
Who should be certified?
An individual whose education, experience and career path is in some aspect of the soil science profession and can meet the standards of the program.
Steps to Certification:
- pass both the Fundamentals of Soil Science and Professional Practice Examinations (click here to go to exam registration section)
- have at least 5 years experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in soil science, 3 years with an MS or Ph.D.
- document education and experience with transcripts and supporting references (View Credential Forms - PDF)
- sign and agree to uphold the ARCPACS Code of Ethics - PDF
Earn 40 hours of continuing education (CEUs) every two-years and pay an annual maintenance fee.
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