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Soil Classifier Advisory Council

Continuing Education

Information on Continuing Education for Professional Soil Classifiers

# CE hours required and length of licensure period:
30 hours over two-year licensing period

Type of CE 
29 hours in health/safety/welfare; 1 hour in professional ethics roles, responsibilities, and conduct of professional soil classifiers, or review of the SC Statute and Regulations.

Renewal date: 
January 31 odd years

Grace period: 
The Council may disallow claimed credit for continuing education hours. The registrant has one hundred eighty (180) calendar days after notification of disallowance of credit to substantiate the original claim or earn other continuing education credit which fulfills minimum requirements.

Classes offered: 
Credit will be allowed only for participation in continuing education activities where independent verification is provided.  "Independent verification” means documentation of attendance by a sponsor or the sponsor's designee.  Please note that the Council does not pre-approve continuing education activities or courses.

Approved Programs:
1. Activities and field days organized or sponsored by SSSA, NSCSS, SSSSC or similar organizations acceptable to the board qualify to fulfill the continuing education requirement.
2. The following types of activities are acceptable:
a. Attendance at technical presentations or workshops on soil classifying subjects which are provided by independent sponsors or held in conjunction with colleges, universities, conventions or seminars and are related to materials use and function;
b. Self directed study may include:
i. Webinars on practice related topics.
ii. Public service activities that draw upon the soil classifier's expertise.
iii. Articles or other study materials that the soil classifier has not previously utilized for self directed study.
iv. Hours spent in soil classifying self directed study programs such as those organized or sponsored by SSSA, NSCSS, SSSSC, or similar organizations acceptable to the council.
c. Teaching soil classifying courses or seminars:
i. A maximum of one (1) CE credit may be claimed per class hour spent teaching soil classifying courses or seminars.
ii. Licensees may not claim credit for teaching the same course or seminar more than once. Teaching credit does not apply to full-time faculty.
iii. Each semester hour of credit from a college or university shall be deemed to be fifteen (15) hours and each quarter hour of credit shall be deemed to be ten (10) hours. University and college courses offered in a degree program are permitted so long as the course is not taken to meet the education requirements for licensure as a professional soil classifier.

Reporting Methods:
Licensees will certify that they have met the continuing education requirement on the license renewal form. Documentation is only submitted if requested through a continuing education audit (instructions for submitting documentation will be sent with the audit letter).

Reporting Records Accepted for Audits:
Certificates of completion, agendas, or sign in sheets that show the number of hours credited for the course. Licensees are required to maintain these records for a period of four years.

Disallowed activities:
The Council has final authority with respect to approval of courses, credit, continuing education hour value of courses, and other value of content. The licensee will have 180 calendar days after the date of notification to substantiate the original claim or to earn other continuing education credit to fulfill the minimum requirement if the Board disallows a continuing education claim.

Failure to Comply With Continuing Education Audits will be considered a violation of the Soil Classifying Law and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Exemptions:

  • A new licensee is exempt for their first reporting period (not to exceed 2 years).
  • A licensee serving on temporary active duty in the armed forces of the United States for a period of time exceeding 120 days in a year. (Requests and documentation for this exemption must be submitted by January 1 of odd numbered years).
  • A licensee experiencing physical disability, illness, or other extenuating circumstances as reviewed and approved by the Board. (Requests and documentation for this exemption must be submitted by January 1 of odd numbered years).

Statutory authority: 
Code of Laws of SC, Section 40-65-38(A)(3)

Regulations found at: 
Chapter 108-5

Please contact the Council at (803) 896-4408 or at sherri.moorer@llr.sc.gov with questions regarding continuing education.

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