4R Nutrient Management Specialist Exam
The 4RNMS exam will be ready to go for the February 1, 2019 exam sitting in the Prairie Region. You can register through the Prairie CCA website until December 14. Keep in mind that you must already be a CCA in order to challenge the 4R exam. The 4R NMS designation is particularly suited to CCAs providing nutrient management advice to their farm customers. It allows CCAs to prove their knowledge, advance their skills, and draw awareness to their abilities. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship approach is rapidly becoming the preferred standard for sustainable nutrient management in North America and globally.
When it comes to preparing for the exam, there is a wealth of resources to turn to with more on the way. Fertilizer Canada is working with the CCA Prairie Board to develop a study guide. This guide will start to appear on-line towards the end of the year. In the meantime, you can link to the Region 1 Performance Objectives on the CCA Prairie Website. The International Plant Nutrition Institute has developed a 4R Plant Nutrition Manual. The manual is available in print form directly from IPNI or in digital form through Amazon. The digital version is quite readable on an tablet, fully searchable, and very affordable. IPNI has a 4R NMS Study Guide for sale in print version through their store and Ontario CCA board has put their Ontario 4RNMS Study Guide on line where you can access it for free. Both these guides are useful and cover much of the required knowledge on 4R principles and concepts. However, they are written from the perspective of the American corn belt and Ontario so the specifics are not always relevant to Prairie cropping systems. For more Prairie focussed material, try Fertilizer Canada’s eLearning platform. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Training, 4R Nutrient Stewardship in Saskatchewan, and 4R Manitoba courses are all extremely relevant to 4R on the Prairies. What’s more they all have CEUs attached. Finally, the 4RNMS Prairie Guide is on its way, so keep an eye on this space for its arrival.