Wis. Admin. Code Examining Board of Professional Geologists, Hydrologists and Soil Scientists § GHSS 4.03 - Experience as a professional soil scientist

Current through March 28, 2022

(1) To qualify as satisfactory professional soil science work for the purposes of s. 470.04(4) (c), Stats., an applicant's experience shall include the application of accepted principles in the practice of soil science and shall demonstrate an applicant's progressive development of competence to practice as a professional soil scientist. The experience shall be acquired in the areas of the practice of soil science listed in sub. (2) (a) to (h), or in other areas of the practice of soil science which in the opinion of the professional soil scientist section provide the applicant with a knowledge of principles and data related to the practice of soil science at least equivalent to that which would be acquired by experience in the areas of practice listed. Experience in every listed area is not required.
(2) Areas of experience in the practice of professional soil science include:
(a) Soil physics: the study of the physical properties of porous media, including soils; and the determination of the state, distribution, transport and balances of matter and energy in porous media, especially as related to water, gas and heat.
(b) Soil chemistry: the determination of the chemical constituents, chemical properties, and chemical reactions in porous media, including soils.
(c) Soil classification, morphology and mapping: the description, classification, interpretation and mapping of soil materials in the landscape.
(d) Soil mineralogy: the study of soil science that deals with porous media inorganic materials, including the soils of the earth's crust to the depth of weathering or of sedimentation.
(e) Soil biochemistry: the study of soil science concerned with enzymes, and the reactions, activities and products of soil microorganisms.
(f) Soil biology: the assessment of soil-inhabiting microorganisms and macroorganisms, including their identification, functions, activities and cycles.
(g) Soil fertility: the analysis, interpretation and management of the soil to enhance soil quality and provide nutrients in adequate amounts and in proper balance for the growth of specified plants.
(h) Land use management: the management and practices associated with land waste application, nutrient management, non-point source contaminant control, soil and water conservation, and other land use issues associated with soil management.
(3) Not more than one year of satisfactory experience credit may be granted for any calendar year.


Wis. Admin. Code Examining Board of Professional Geologists, Hydrologists and Soil Scientists § GHSS 4.03
Cr. Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 1-1-00.

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