What is a 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.
Who should be certified?
Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program.
Steps to Certification
Steps to Certification:
- Pass two comprehensive exams
- Meet the experience requirements:
- Have at least two years of experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in an agronomy related field (Please keep in mind that University degrees and transcripts must be in English and based on the United States educational standard. If you need assistance in the translation process, you may use Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services) *The number of CCAs with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree is greater than 70%
- Have at least 3 years of experience with an Associates Degree in an agronomy related field
- Have at least four years of experience with no degree
- Document education and crop advising experience with transcripts and supporting references
- Sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics (page 6)
Transferring CCA Certification to Minnesota:
If you are a CCA currently certified in North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin and wish to transfer your certification to Minnesota, you may be eligible to do so without being required to take the local Minnesota exam. If you are currently certified in a state other than the ones listed above, you will be required to take the local Minnesota exam. To find out more, please email Jessica Elliot at email@example.com.