The next Ohio Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program exam — which is required to become a CCA — is Friday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg. The International Exam will take place from 9 a.m. — noon, followed by the Tri-State Exam from 1–3 p.m.
The exam registration deadline is June 22, 2012; registrations received after June 22 will not be processed.
There are two exams, the International Exam with 180 multiple choices questions and 20 constructed response questions, and the Tri-State Exam with 100 multiple-choice questions. Both exams are timed — three hours for the International Exam and two hours for the Tri-State Exam. The exams cover four performance objective areas:
- Nutrient Management
- Soil & Water Management
- Crop Management
- Pest Management
The total cost of the exam is $200 ($150 for the International Exam, and $50 for the Tri-State Exam).
To become a CCA, applicants must:
- Have two years crop advising experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy, or four years post high school crop advising experience (must be documented with transcripts, detailed description of experience and supporting references).
- Pass both a local and international CCA exam, covering four major competency areas: nutrient management, soil and water management, pest management and crop management.
- Sign a Code of Ethics.
- Submit references from a grower and a colleague/employer.
- Earn 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
Contact OABA at (614) 326-7520 or Info@OABA.net for more information.