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The Certified Lab Program

Become a Certified Lab Technician in just a few weeks

The Benefits of the Certified Lab Program


The Soil Food Web

You can complete all three steps within a few weeks and begin generating an income from home! Once you are proficient, you’ll be able to perform an assessment and write-up the report in under an hour. Our Certified Lab Technicians charge around $120-$150 per sample.


If you are planning to become a Soil Food Web Consultant this is a great way to start, because the farmers that you perform assessments for may become future clients for your consultancy business! You’ll also be able to generate an income that could be used to fund your CTP.


Your Certified Lab will be featured on our website where farmers, growers and compost producers can find you. One of the first things that farmers do when they find out about the Soil Food Web Approach, is have their soil tested. This is a great way to initiate conversations.

Brian used to work in IT. He pivoted to his passion. He’s now running his own successful business as a soil biology consultant and testing soil samples out of his home.

The Certified Lab Program Contents:

Step 1 in the Soil Foodweb Approach


You must complete the Foundation Courses first, with a 90% average.

Step 1 in the Soil Foodweb Approach

One-on-One Microscopy Training

You will work with one of our expert mentors to perfect your skills in the use of the microscope. Your mentor will spend a total of 8 hours working with you intensively to sharpen your skills and you will need to practice hard in between sessions in order to reach the required standard.

Step 3 in the Soil Foodweb Approach

Microscopy Assessment

Once your training is complete, you will need to prepare for the assessment. If you have met the required standards, you will be awarded Certified Lab status and you will be featured on our website. Of course, you will be required to re-test periodically in order to ensure that your technique is consistent.


Here’s What You’ll Get:

Microscopy Training

Up to 8 hours of virtual contact time with your Microscopy Mentor.


Pass the test within 2 attempts to get your Soil Biology Lab certified.

How to Launch
Your Lab Guidebook

Discover practical ways to find new clients and offer your soil assessment services.


You’ll get a free Certified Lab listing on the Soil Food Web School website.

The Soil Food Web Training Program

Soil Food Web System



  • 1-on-1 Microscopy Training
  • Certification Assessment
  • How to Launch Your Lab Guidebook
  • Referral Network


Certified Lab Program FAQs

You will need to buy a suitable microscope and some ancillary equipment such as test-tubes and slides etc.. You may also wish to buy a camera that fits onto your microscope, although you can get great images using a modern smartphone. Please take a look at this pdf for more information. You can buy a perfectly adequate microscope for around $300 (please see the recommendation in the pdf)

That depends on you and how much effort you put into attracting new clients. You will need to identify and approach local farmers, growers and compost producers. We will provide you with information on how to do that and some tips from other Certified Labs that have been successful.

You’ll get 8 hours of mentoring time and you can spread that out over a period of 3 months. You’ll need to complete the Foundation Courses (FC) first, but that can be done in just 4 weeks, working full-time. We advise students that they need between 120-150 hours to complete the FC, so 4 weeks is plenty of time if you are focussed. You’ll have 12 months to complete the FC.

You’ll get 2 attempts at taking the assessment. If you fail both times, then you will need to book some additional time with your mentor in order to work on whatever is going wrong. Once you have ironed-out the problems, you’ll be able to retake the assessment.

Your information including name, address (optional), email and phone number will be featured on this page

The short answer is yes. Most Certified Soil Biology Labs charge between $120 and $150 per sample, but there are no restrictions. Remember it will take you about an hour to complete the assessment and the report.

We do receive inquiries from farmers, growers and compost producers who want to have an analysis performed. Some just go straight to the website and find a lab by themselves. We make recommendations based on proximity, so if someone in your region contacts us, we’d recommend them to you.

We will provide you with information on how to do that and some tips from other Certified Labs that have been successful.

That’s not a problem. This program is designed for beginners.