A new certification is available from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The Certified Soil Technician (CST) will allow individuals working professionally with soil an opportunity for career advancement. CST requires passing the fundamentals in soil science exam and three years of experience. While SSSA already offers the Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CSSP), they found that there were soil professionals that fell short of the coursework requirement for this certification. CST does not compete with the CSSP certification, and all CST professionals will be required to sign the same ethical code as CSSP scientists.