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Certified Crop Adviser - CCA

Resistance Management Specialty (RMS) Certification
Next CCA Exam Date:  August 4, 2017
Registration period May 1 - June 23, 2017

The Resistance Management Specialty (RMS) is for CCAs who do Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and focus their work in crop protection.  Not all CCAs work extensively on pest management, but focus on other aspects of crop advising.  The RMS allows those CCAs who advise on pest management to become more visible and recognized for their integrated systems thinking and approach to avoid development of resistance or alleviate resistance problems in order to meet the need for improved environmental stewardship.  It allows CCAs to prove their knowledge, advance their skills and draw awareness to their professional abilities.  It should align with USDA-NRCS and US-EPA for pest management standards.


This exam will not be offered in Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan at this time.  You must already have a CCA certification to be eligible to take the RMS exam.  Once the RMS exam is passed, an annual maintenance fee will be charged in addition to your CCA renewal, and the minimum CEUs required for IPM will increase to 10.0 (from 5.0).

The ICCA Program developed the RMS Certification to meet the growing demand for qualified advisers with focused knowledge and skills in pest and resistance management.  The RMS certification is an additional specialty certification that builds upon the basic components of the ICCA Certification, to demonstrate the Crop Adviser’s proficiency in working with the RM concept and building it into a holistic management model.  This specialty, like others within the CCA program falls under one of the five major pillars of a CCA’s knowledge, which include Nutrient Management (4R Nutrient Management Specialty), Soil and Water Management, Integrated Pest Management (Resistance Management Specialty), Crop Management (Sustainability Specialty), and Professional Development.

  • RMS Exam Registration 
  • RMS Performance Objectives
  • Pest Resistance Management Webinar Series

    Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Path of Resistance – How Resistance Affects Pathogen and Fungi Management
    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Belligerent Bugs – How Resistance Affects Insect Management
    Date TBD - In The Weeds – How Resistance Affects Weed Management - Sponsored by BASF - Free to members and certified professionals
    12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am to 12:00 Noon Central/10:00 - 11:00 am Mountain/9:00 - 10:00 am Pacific

    Pest resistance (fungus, pathogen, insect, weeds) is a huge issue in agriculture. Companies spend millions on developing products to manage each of these pests, yet they continue to adapt to these new products over time. What can we learn about the pathways of resistance that can help us manage pests? This series is also meant as a review for the CCA resistance management specialty exam.

    In the Weeds - How Resistance Affects Weed Management is sponsored by BASF and will be free for members and certified professionals and $29.00 for all other registrants.

    The Path of Resistance and Belligerent Bugs webinars are $19.00 each for members and certified professionals and $29.00 each for all other registrants.  The three part webinar series can be purchased at a discount of $33.00 for members and certified professionals and $79.00 for all other registrants.  Register Now!

  • RMS Specialty Certification Educational Resources
  • Resistance Management Webinar Series - UMass Cranberry Station Youtube Channel
    1.  Overview
    2.  Fungicide
    3.  Insecticides
    4.  Herbicides

Sustainability Specialty (SSp) Certification
Next CCA Exam Date:  August 4, 2017
Registration period May 1 - June 23, 2017

Sustainability - Meeting the needs of the present while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Field to Market)

  • Follow three global (UN) Principles
    • Environmental
    • Social
    • Economic (profitability)

The purpose of implementing a Sustainability Specialty is to utilize CCAs to help farmers/producers to become better acquainted with and adopt/enhance/implement sustainability concepts, stewardship, and best management practices within their operations. CCAs are the single best influencers to work with local producers and help them adopt more sustainable crop production practices that will satisfy the future demands of the food industry and address demands from consumers for safe food, while protecting the environment and preserving natural resources.

Sustainability can sometimes be a misunderstood word as many people and organizations use it to describe different versions of agricultural production practices.  Food companies and retail businesses are working towards becoming more sustainable and reinforcing it with publicly stated goals.  These companies have realized that in order for them to achieve their sustainability goals the crop based resources and commodities they purchase also have to use sustainable production practices.  They identified CCAs as the logical partner to help reach their objectives in working with the farmers on their agronomic production practices.

The ICCA Program partnered with and received funding from the United Soybean Board (USB) to develop the CCA – Sustainability Specialty Certification.  A cross section of the agricultural community with sustainability experiences and interests came together to develop the performance standards that are available here.  This specialty is in direct response to the demand by consumers on food companies and retail businesses to implement more sustainable production practices and to ensure to the consumer that the food they purchase is produced sustainably.

This is a great opportunity for CCAs who want to focus their work on sustainable agronomic production practices and help their farmer clients implement those practices.  The specialty centers on advanced knowledge and skills beyond the ICCA performance standards.  The specialty will help build awareness and provide recognition for those CCAs with the knowledge and skills.    An individual must be a CCA before they can register for the sustainability exam.  This exam will not be offered in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan at this time.  Once the exam is passed, an annual maintenance fee will be charged in addition to your CCA renewal and a CCA with the specialty will need to earn 5.0 CEUs in Sustainability.  The new CEU category will be added to records, but the total of 40.0 CEUs every two-years will not change.  Please contact your local board contact if you have any questions.

  • Sustainability Exam Registration
  • Sustainability Performance Objectives
  • Launching Sustainability Webinar Series
    The United Soybean Board (USB) supported the development of this American Society of Agronomy webinar series and the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Sustainability Specialty certification (SSp).

    Now is the time for the rubber to meet the road. This series will address the three new competency areas and twelve proficiency areas to inform and equip those Certified Crop Advisers interested in the new upcoming CCA Sustainability Specialty.  The series will be moved to the self-paced section after it concludes.

    Each webinar will be worth 1.0 CEU with the category depending on the topic for CCAs/CPAgs, 1.0 CEU in Sustainability for SSps or 1.0 CEU in Professional Meetings for CPSS/CPSC.  Cost for each individual webinar is $25.00 for members and certified professionals and $40.00 for non-members.  Cost for the series is $135.00 for members and certified professionals and $216.00 for non-members.  Register now!

4R Nutrient Management Specialist (4R NMS) Certification
Next CCA Exam Date:  August 4, 2017
Registration period May 1 - June 23, 2017

The 4R NMS specialty is for CCAs who do nutrient management planning and focus their work in this area.  It allows CCAs to prove their knowledge, advance their skills and draw awareness to their abilities.  It should align with USDA-NRCS and state nutrient management standards.  This exam is being offered by the local boards of the following states/provinces:  Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.  You must already have a CCA certification within these states to be eligible to take the 4R NMS exam.  There are plans to expand to more states in the near future.  If you would like to see this specialty be available in your state/province, please contact your local board contact or ICCA Representative. Once the 4R exam is passed, an annual maintenance fee will be charged in addition to your CCA renewal, and the minimum CEUs required for Nutrient Management and Soil and Water Management will increase to 7.5 each (from 5.0).

Certified Professional Agronomist - CPAg

 

Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) or Classifier (CPSC)
Certified Soil Technician (CST)