About the Program


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.

Who should be certified?Young Professionals

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.

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 (CCA) because CCAs have demonstrated they have the commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference in a client's business.

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.  Once certified you are telling your clients, employer, and the public that you have gone above and beyond to ensure their success.

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

Steps to Certification:

The steps below are simply an overview of the process of becoming a CCA.  Anyone interested in becoming certified is encouraged to review the detailed documentation in the Credential Information Workbook before starting the process.  The steps to certification are:

1.  Pass two comprehensive exams (International and Local Board)
      *Average passing percentage over all testing opportunities is 60%

2.  Meet the experience requirements

  • Have at least two years of experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in an agronomy related field
    (Please keep in mind that University degrees and transcripts must be in English and based on the United States educational standard. If you need assistance in the translation process, you may use Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services)
    *The number of CCAs with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree is greater than 70%

  • Have at least three years of experience with an Associates Degree in an agronomy related field
  • Have at least four years of experience with no degree

3.  Apply for the CCA Credential

  • Document education and crop advising experience (Including transcripts and supporting references)
  • Sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics (Included in application)

Once Certified:
Earn 40 hours of continuing education (CEU) every two years and pay an annual renewal fee (fees are subject to change).

Future of the Program:

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