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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 education program.

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 dividends:

  • 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
    locally available.

Funding for this website provided by Dr. William I. Segars.
2006 Georgia CCA