What is the Certified Crop Adviser Program (CCA)?
Established by the American Society of Agronomy in 1993, the CCA program is a
voluntary professional certification program for those who provide crop
production advice to farmers. Certification ensures that CCAs have knowledge
and skills in these four basic competency areas: nutrient management, pest
management, soil and water management, and crop management.
What is a Certified Crop Adviser?
A Certified Crop Adviser has proven experience and knowledge, and maintains
a high level of crop advising skills through an aggressive continuing
Am I eligible to be a Certified Crop Adviser?
To be eligible for certification, you must have a minimum of:
Four years of crop advising experience with no degree in agriculture, or
Three years of crop advising experience and an associate degree in ag. or
Two years of crop advising experience and a B.S. degree in agriculture.
Provide employer references
Pass a national CCA exam
Pass a state/regional CCA exam
Adhere to the ARCPACS Code of Ethics
- Earn 40 hours of continuing education
every two years.
Who Administers the CCA program?
The CCA program is coordinated by the American Registry of Certified
Professionals in Agronomy, Crops and Soils (ARCPACS) – a membership service
of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).
The Southeast CCA board is your representative in Alabama and
Georgia. The board certifies
credentials, develops and administers exams, enforces the Code of Ethics and
oversees continuing education.
What are the benefits of the CCA program?
To become a Certified Crop Adviser, you will make an investment of your time
and money. There are a number of reasons why that investment will pay you
- Widespread involvement
in the CCA program will build confidence with the general public,
elected officials and regulatory agencies.
- The general public
desires a certification program that establishes a base standard of
experience and knowledge for those who advise farmers.
- Through the CCA
program, Certified Crop Advisers will have increased communication with
policy makers at the state and national levels.
- As a Certified Crop
Adviser you are a proven source of agricultural information.
- Certification is a
basis for agricultural professionalism.
- Programs and seminars
offering continuing education hours are easily and more