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What is CCA?
The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program is a membership service of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Any public, commercial or independent adviser, who counsels farmers, ranchers or other agricultural entities and can meet the rigorous standards of the CCA program is encouraged to participate.
The requirements include passing a comprehensive international exam and a state, regional or provincial (local) exam evaluating knowledge of soil fertility, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production. The applicant is required to document their education and experience, up to four years depending on their educational background plus sign and agree to uphold the CCA code of ethics. To maintain the CCA status, a certificant must maintain 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
Since 1992, more than 20,000 individuals have voluntarily sat for the CCA exams and of these approximately 10,000 have satisfactorily met the requirements and become certified. CCAs will play a critical role in the future of agriculture as they advise agricultural producers. Through their skill application, they will help keep agriculture competitive in a global economy while aiding the process of sustaining our natural resources and protecting our environment.
NEW! Online Automated CEU Application and Smart Phone App
You asked for it, and it's here! The automation of the tracking numbers for the online CEU application is live. The application and process have not changed. The tracking number will be assigned when the reviewer completes the review process and approves the CEUs. Reviewers, as a note, please make sure the correct number of sign-in sheets are assigned to the meeting (one sheet for entire meeting or one sheet per session). The tracking number is automatically assigned and sent to the vendor along with the sign in sheet. Please do not change the tracking number from the auto-generated number. The sign in sheet will now contain the QR code so those CCAs with smart phones will be able to scan the QR code to report their CEUs. This means that if they are scanning the QR code, they will not have to fill out the sign-in sheet and their CEUs will be recorded within 24 hours of scanning the code and completing the course.
Moving forward, it will be important to have the CEU applications submitted and approved, at a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course, so it can be uploaded to the app and the vendor is able to print out the sign-in sheets.
ICCA has been communicating with CCAs to let them know about this new feature and provide the links to the app so they can install it on their phone. Once it is on their phone, they will automatically scan the code, no additional logging in will be required. The app can be located by searching on the term: Certified Crop Adviser (must be spelled out) in the Apple or Android app store.