The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) programs of the American Society of Agronomy are 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.
Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program.
Certification is the standard by which professionals are judged. The purpose of a certification program is to protect the public and the profession. It is a voluntary professional enhancement to a person's career credentials. Farmers and employers prefer to work with Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) because CCAs have demonstrated they have the commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference.
Being certified adds credibility and shows that you are serious about what you do. When you become certified, you join more than 13,000 of your peers in the largest, most recognized agriculturally-oriented certification program in North America. This program’s professional standards are widely respected by industry, academia, and government and are referenced in statutes. Once certified you are telling your clients, employer, and the public that you are serious about what you do as a professional.
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The steps below are simply an overview of the process of becoming a CCA. Anyone interested in becoming certified is encouraged to review the detailed documentation in the Credential Information Workbook before starting the process. The steps to certification are:
1. Pass two comprehensive exams (International and Local Board)
2. Meet the experience requirements
3. Apply for CCA Credential
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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