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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.


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.


How To Join

To become a Certified Crop Adviser, you must pass 2 comprehensive exams that may both be written on the same day at the same location.  The International exam is written by all CCA's in North America.  The local or Prairie region exam is written by all persons wanting to work as advisers anywhere in the 3 Prairie provinces.

The next writing of the Prairie CCA exam will be held February 2-9, 2022.  The exam registration site will open on October 4, 2021 and close on January 5, 2022.

** Please note that continous testing is now available for the Int'l CCA exam.

CCA exams are now administered via a remote proctor!
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Exam Preparation:

  1. An Online CCA Prep Course for the Prairie CCA exam is now available register now
  2. The printed study guide for the International CCA exam is available through the The Fertilizer Institute web site.
  3. Parkland College is offering a CCA Prep Course via webinar in October 2021 | Learn more
    ** purchase of books and/or materials are not required.
  4. Red Flag CCA Exam Prep with Dr. Bill Hamman and Therese Tompkins | Learn more
  5. Olds College is hosting a CCA exam tutorial on January 11-14, 2022 | Learn more
    ** Nutrien Premuim Fertilizer Technology is sponsoring $300 of the $599 tuition for the first 25 registrants.
  6. Manitoba Ag Crops staff will be delivering their traditional CCA exam review webinars (step-by-step review of Performance Objectives) on 4 Friday mornings in January | call John Heard at (204) 745-8093 to pre-register.

** Please note that the purchase of study materials, or participation in the online prep course or any other tutorial DOES NOT mean you are registered for the CCA exam. This is a separate registration.

Those pursuing their certification can challenge the exams at any time. However, once you successfully complete both tests you must then apply for your certification. To meet the requirements, you must have the required amount of crop advising experience: 2 years with a Bachelor's degree, 3 years with a diploma and 4 years with no formal education.

You must document education and advising experience with transcripts and supporting references as outlined in the Certified Crop Adviser Certification application (provided after passing of the 2 CCA exams).

You must sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics.

If you have any questions or concerns, please review our extensive FAQ section. Alternatively you can contact your local Provincial Rep: