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Resistance Management Specialty (RMS)

Next CCA Exam Date:  February 2, 2018
Registration period October 2 - December 8, 2017


The Resistance Management Specialty (RMS) is for CCAs who do Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and focus their work in crop protection.  Not all CCAs work extensively on pest management, but focus on other aspects of crop advising.  The RMS allows those CCAs who advise on pest management to become more visible and recognized for their integrated systems thinking and approach to avoid development of resistance or alleviate resistance problems in order to meet the need for improved environmental stewardship.  It allows CCAs to prove their knowledge, advance their skills and draw awareness to their professional abilities.  It should align with USDA-NRCS and US-EPA for pest management standards.

This exam will not be offered in Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California , Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan at this time.  You must already have a CCA certification to be eligible to take the RMS exam.  Once the RMS exam is passed, an annual maintenance fee will be charged in addition to your CCA renewal, and the minimum CEUs required for IPM will increase to 10.0 (from 5.0).

The ICCA Program developed the RMS Certification to meet the growing demand for qualified advisers with focused knowledge and skills in pest and resistance management.  The RMS certification is an additional specialty certification that builds upon the basic components of the ICCA Certification, to demonstrate the Crop Adviser’s proficiency in working with the RM concept and building it into a holistic management model.  This specialty, like others within the CCA program falls under one of the five major pillars of a CCA’s knowledge, which include Nutrient Management (4R Nutrient Management Specialty), Soil and Water Management, Integrated Pest Management (Resistance Management Specialty), Crop Management (Sustainability Specialty), and Professional Development.