Professional Practice Exam Objectives

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1 Soil Science Professional Practice Exam Performance Objectives Soil Science Society of America’s Council of Soil Science Examiners Effective December 2007
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2 CSSE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES TABLE OF CONTENTS F O R W A R D 4 I. SOIL CHEMISTRY AND MINERALOGY 5 COMPETENCY AREA 1. ADVANCED SOIL CHEMISTRY CONCEPTS COMPETENCY AREA 2. SOLID PHASE COMPETENCY AREA 3. MINERAL WEATHERING COMPETENCY AREA 4. SOLID/SOLUTION EQUILIBRIA COMPETENCY AREA 5. SORPTION AND PRECIPITATION REACTIONS COMPETENCY AREA 6. ACIDITY COMPETENCY AREA 7. OXIDATION AND REDUCTION II. S O I L F E R T I L I T Y 8 COMPETENCY AREA 1. ROLES OF NUTRIENTS IN PLANTS AND THEIR AVAILABILITY IN SOILS COMPETENCY AREA 2. pH COMPETENCY AREA 3. ACIDIFYING AND LIMING OF SOIL COMPETENCY AREA 4. SALT AFFECTED SOILS COMPETENCY AREA 5. NUTRIENT SOURCES COMPETENCY AREA 6. NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT III. S O I L P H Y S I C S 1 0 COMPETENCY AREA 1. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES COMPETENCY AREA 2. SOIL-WATER RELATIONSHIPS
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3 COMPETENCY AREA 3. WATER MOVEMENT AND TRANSPORT PROCESSES COMPETENCY AREA 4. SOIL TEMPERATURE COMPETENCY AREA 5. SOIL GASES COMPETENCY AREA 6. ENGINEERING PROPERTIES IV. SOIL GENESIS, MORPHOLOGY, AND CLASSIFICATION 14 COMPETENCY AREA 1. SOIL FORMING FACTORS COMPETENCY AREA 2. HORIZON FORMING PROCESSES COMPETENCY AREA 3. SOIL PROFILE DESCRIPTIONS COMPETENCY AREA 4. SOIL INTERPRETATIONS AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT COMPETENCY AREA 5. SOIL CLASSIFICATION CONCEPTS COMPETENCY AREA 6. SOIL MAPPING AND GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION COMPETENCY AREA 7. GEOMORPHOLOGY COMPETENCY AREA 8. SOILS IN ECOSYSTEMS COMPETENCY AREA 9. SOIL VARIABILITY V. SOIL BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY 17 COMPETENCY AREA 1. SOIL ECOLOGY COMPETENCY AREA 2. BIOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ACTIVITIES COMPETENCY AREA 3. SOIL ORGANIC MATTER COMPETENCY AREA 4. ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS VI. LAND USE MANAGEMENT 20 COMPETENCY AREA 1. EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL COMPETENCY AREA 2. WETLANDS AND HYDRIC SOILS
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4 COMPETENCY AREA 3. SOIL QUALITY AND MANAGEMENT COMPETENCY AREA 4. WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPETENCY AREA 5. CROPLAND, RANGELAND AND FIELD MANAGEMENT COMPETENCY AREA 6. WATER QUALITY AND MANAGEMENT COMPETENCY AREA 7. REGULATORY AND RESOURCE AGENCIES COMPETENCY AREA 8. SURFACE MINE AND MINE SPOIL RECLAMATION COMPETENCY AREA 9. URBAN AND DISTURBED SOILS COMPETENCY AREA 10. FOREST SOILS VII. FIELD AND LABORATORY TECHNIQUES 27 VIII. E T H I C S 2 9
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5 FOREWARD This booklet represents the Performance Objectives (POs) for the Soil Science Professional Practice Examination. The POs presented are the minimal professional competencies needed by the professional soil scientists. These competencies are given as a list of POs. The development of the POs began in 1994 when the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) asked the practicing soil consultants, state licensing boards, government officials and academicians to collectively develop a nationally applicable set of standards fundamental to the rigorous solution of environmental and agronomic problems. Subsequently, this group evolved
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course SOIL 479 taught by Professor Ulery during the Spring '10 term at NMSU.

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