Soil Science Australia provides accreditation, for suitably qualified members of the Society, as Certified Professional Soil Scientists (CPSS). A Certified Professional Soil Scientist is an accredited professional who has achieved the Standards for Professionals in Soil Science. CPSS's are recognised by their professional body as professionals who continually expand their knowledge and skills throughout their career, by seeking professional development opportunities.
The objectives of the Society include:
- further the expertise in soil science of members;
- provide a forum for discussion on soil science; and
- promote wise management of the soil resource throughout Australia.
Soil Science Australia also recognises CPSS accredited members in the Specialist Contaminated Site Assessment and Management (CSAM) competency area and the Specialist in Australian Soil Survey competency area.
A CPSS CSAM Specialist is a professional soil scientist with specialist skills in the assessment and remediation of soil, groundwater and vapour. A specialist in site contamination with soil science knowledge provides specific, unique skills and insights into site contamination, especially in relation to sampling and the soil physical, chemical and biological processes of movement and likely special distribution of soil contaminants.
An Australian Soil Survey Specialist is a professional soil scientist with specialist skills such as being able to undertake the systematic examination, description and delineation of the distribution of soils and ability to evaluate soil and landscape characteristics for a range of potential land uses. The skills and competencies listed in the Australian Soil Survey competency are skills that can reasonably be expected of a professional soil surveyor in Australia.