Become Certified!

Who should be certified?
Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program.

Certification: the standard by which professionals are judged. Farmers and employers prefer to work with Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) because CCAs have demonstrated they have the commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference.

Being certified adds credibility and shows that you are serious about what you do. When you become certified, you join more than 13,000 of your peers in the largest, most recognized agriculturally oriented certification program in North America. This program’s professional standards are widely respected by industry, academia, and government and are referenced in statutes.

Get the recognition, opportunities, and respect you deserve. Become a CCA today!

Steps to Certification:

  1. Pass two comprehensive exams
  2. Have at least 2 years experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in agriculture or 4 years with no degree
  3. Document education and crop advising experience with transcripts and supporting references
  4. Sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics

Once Certified:
Earn 40 hours of continuing education (CEUs) every two-years and pay an annual
maintenance fee.

Exam Study Materials


ASA and the CCA program do not produce nor endorse these study materials.
  • A CCA Review Manual by the International Plant Nutrition Institute
    http://www.ipni.net/cca

  • Mid-Atlantic iPM Training (DE, MD, NJ, VA, WV)
    http://ag.udel.edu/extension/iPM/index.html

  • Modern Corn and Soybean Production. MCSP Publications. This publication covers all of the learning objectives for the CCA exam, plus it will be an excellent reference for you when your certification is complete. A special price is available for all CCA exam registrants. To get that price, call 1-866-803-6277. www.mcsp-pubs.com/index.ace