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Should I Hire A CCA?

As a grower, you have a lot invested in your fields. Help protect your investment and business by consulting with a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA). CCA's are experienced and trained in field and crop management.

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Should I Become A CCA?

Having a CCA designation provides growers with the confidence that you have a recognized level of expertise as a crop consultant. The CCA designation is also well respected in industry and will contribute to your reputation among other industry players.

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General Information

The Certified Crop Adviser Program (CCA) is one of the professional certification programs offered by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). It is a voluntary program providing a base level of standard through testing and raising that standard through continuing education.

The program is administered locally by 37 state/regional/provincial boards called "Local Boards" throughout the United States and Canada.

The only states or provinces not yet directly involved are Alaska, Quebec, Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Discussions are on-going with the those states or provinces not yet involved and other countries as interest in joining the CCA Program continues to grow.

Each CCA has to pass 2 exams (international and local) and submit credentials detailing their education, crop advising experience, plus 2 references. They must sign and adhere to a code of ethics.

The exams cover 4 major competency areas: Nutrient Management, Soil & Water Management, Integrated Pest Management, and Crop Management. Continuing education must also fall into one of these four areas to be valid for CCA Continuing Education Units (CEU's).

Total exams given to date: ~35,886
Total CCA's certified internationally: 14,869

First exam date: February, 1993


Education level related to % passing of exams:

Education Level % Passing
< High School 35%
High School 57%
< Bachelor Science 69%
Bachelor Science 81%
Masters 89%
PhD 89%

Average passing % over all testing opportunities is 60%.

The number of CCA's with at least a Bachelor of Science degree is greater than 70%.

To maintain the certification, the CCA must earn 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years. The program has averaged a 94% renewal rate.