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. The Ohio CCA program has been operating since 1994; a local board directs our program and is managed by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association: http://oaba.net/aws/OABA/pt/sp/cca.
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 because they have demonstrated they have the commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference in a client’s business.
Who should be certified?
Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers or farm managers/operators on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program.
The next CCA exam date is February 03, 2017; the registration period is now through December 09, 2016. All local boards will be holding exams, with the Ohio CCA exams given in Marysville, Ohio for 2017.
CCA Exam Registration will be online and open at this link: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams/registration. Keep in mind to become eligible for the CCA certification, you must take and pass BOTH the International and your local board exams. You do not have to take both exams at the same time however.
Show your specialization
Those current CCAs who wish to show increased specialization may become certified in the specialty areas: 4R Nutrient Management, Resistance Management, or Sustainability. Only one CCA specialty exam (4R NMS, Resistance Management or Sustainability) may be taken at each exam date. Register by December 9th at the same exam link for the 2017 exam: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams/registration.
Exam prep class
A Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam Training class sponsored and delivered by the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, will be offered at the Shelby County Extension Office, 810 Fair Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365 on January 11 & 12, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the 11th and adjourn by 5:00 p.m. on the 12th. This is an intensive two-day program somewhat directed toward the local exam – to be used as a reminder on what best to study in preparation for the CCA exams.
The price for the exam preparation class is $250. Secure on line registration via credit card, debit card or check is available at: http://agcrops.osu.edu/events/certified-crop-adviser-cca-exam-training-session.
Harold Watters, CPAg, CCA
Ohio State University Extension
1100 S. Detroit St
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
Phone 937 604-2415 cell. Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.