Thursday, February 19, 2015

Grower Question: How to Become Certified Crop Advisor?

The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)  program of the American Society of Agronomy is the benchmarks of professionalism.  The CCA certification was established in 1992 to provide a benchmark for practicing agronomy professionals in the United States and Canada.

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Who should be certified?
Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers or farm managers/operators on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program.

Why growers/crop producers become the CCAs? See information here on the CCA - the advantage to growers!

 Please review the Credential Information Workbook to learn about the program. Step-by-step GUDE to becoming a Certified Crop Adviser:

1.  Pass two exams (International and Local Board)
      *Average passing percentage over all testing opportunities is 60%

2.  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

3.  Apply for CCA Credential

Once Certified:
Earn 40 hours of continuing education
(CEU) every two years and pay an annual renewal fee (fees are subject to change).

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