Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
Maintaining High Standards and Ethical Conduct in the Profession of Soil Classifying

The Illinois Soil Classifiers Association is an organization promoting the wise use of the soil resource.  ISCA is made up of professional soil classifiers in public service, private industry, and education. 


ISCA was established in 1975 and is affiliated with the Soil Science Society of America

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Quote for Thought
"We cannot afford to curtail soil conservation, either in the East or the West.  . . .  It is vital to the future of our farm areas, and though you may live in a city, what happens to the land of your country touches you as closely as if you were a farmer."  
Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day 3/6/1947

Certified Professional Soil Classifiers

Are you looking for a certified professional soil classifier? The ISCA website specializes in information about what a soil classifier does and how to hire a soil classifier, provides general and technical information about Illinois soils, and provides information for members of the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association.


Soils of Illinois - Fall Event  - ISCA is hosting a two day field event in 2018, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20
On Friday, ISCA will host the first segment of the Soils of Illinois Tour (north-central).  Plans are to see benchmark soils of north-central Illinois with presentations about soil classification, soil health, cover crops, soil/septic evaluations, and land restoration techniques.  Stops will include test plots near DeKalb and restored ecosystems near Marengo. This tour is open to soil classifiers, master naturalists, local and state health department staff, restoration ecologists, CCAs, septic installation contractors, and others who are interested in the soils and land uses in north-central Illinois.  CEUs and PDH credits are available for CPSCs, CPSSs, and CCAs, and also for septic installation contractors and heath department staff (approved by IDPH), and LEHP's (approved by IEHA).

On Saturday, a special workshop and field seminar will be held for ISCA members and others, for conducting soil evaluations for septic systems/individual sewage disposal, and honing one's skills in soil evaluation and classification.  Also included will be an opportunity for a field practicum for those who may be applying for certification.

Click Here for the flier!  Register for either or both days below.  Only on-line registration and payment is available.  There is no on-site registration on the days of the events and no cash or checks will be accepted. Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 10.

Registration for ISCA Soils of Illinois, Oct 19-20 has passed.  Thanks for registering! 


Membership Questionnaire - Participation by a variety of ISCA members is critical for healthy growth, development, and sustainability of the association. In order to see who is willing to serve as a committee member, committee chair, or run for an elected position, please complete the Membership Questionnaire.


2018 IALEHA Panel Discussion - For a full account of the 2018 Illinois Association of Local Environmental Health Administrators (IALEHA) Panel Discussion concerning soils, septics, and the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code, click here.  A synopsis of the meeting is included in the 2018 Winter Newsletter. 

NCSS Newsletter -  Newsletter Issue 82 of the National Cooperative Soil Survey was recently released. Current and past issues of Newsletters can be found here: 

ISCA Gear - ISCA now has our own storefront with Lands' End Business Outfitters.  The ISCA store is at: Create your own account and order any apparel that you desire. It will be shipped directly to you. You may order any item in the current catalog and have Lands’ End add the ISCA logo ($5.95). You also have the option to choose the location of the logo and change the colors in the logo to coordinate with the item that you are purchasing. Occasionally, Lands’ End will have a special offer and not charge to add the embroidered logo, so watch for those specials. Catalog “promotional” items and “silkscreened” items usually have a minimum quantity, so be aware when you are placing your order.  If you have questions concerning the operation of the ISCA Lands’ End store, contact . If you have specific questions regarding merchandise and ordering, contact Lands’ End for assistance.

ISCA Texture Project - ISCA is coordinating efforts to gather known samples of soil textures from various parent materials around the state to use as reference texture samples.  Click here for whom to contact and for more information.

ASK a Soil Classifier - If you have a question about soils, either a general question or a very specific question, and would like an answer from a Professional Soil Classifier, e-mail your question(s) to:

Soil ConsultantSoil Classifier Mentor Program - If you desire experience in soil classification and wish to work with or correspond with a Professional Soil Classifier, ISCA can help you get connected to a Professional Soil Classifier in your local area.  Send an email to express your interest to President @

ISCA on Facebook - Come and be our friend.  Post messages, questions, upload photos and join in on discussions about soil with your fellow ISCA members!  Click on the Facebook icon below or go to and login. Search for the group Illinois Soil Classifiers Association.  We're there!  If you don't have a Facebook account, now you have a reason to set one up.  It's easy.  See you there.








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