Certified Crop Adviser Program
Knowledge. Experience. Dedication. That's the CCA Value.
Are you looking for a local agronomy or crop expert? Someone who has been certified as having knowledge and experience? Then you need a certified professional from one of the certification programs of the American Society of Agronomy.
The American Society of Agronomy has developed a tool to search for a CCA based on location and specialty.
To Become Certified
Applicants for certification must:
- Have two years crop advising experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy, or four years post high school crop advising experience (must be documented with transcripts, detailed description of experience and supporting references or three years of experience with an associates degree in an agronomy-related field).
- Pass both a local and international CCA exam, covering four major competency areas: nutrient management, soil and water management, pest management and crop management.
- Sign a Code of Ethics.
- Submit references from a grower and a colleague/employer.
- Earn 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
Continuing Education Unit Requirements and Policies
- 40 CEUs every two years
- A minimum of five CEUs in each of the four competency areas
- A minimum of 20 CEUs must be board-approved
- Ohio accepts approved CEUs from all states
If you are certified by the Ohio Department Agriculture as a “pesticide applicator," you may receive 10 CEUs in pest management for your two-year CEU cycle. To obtain these CEUs you must send a copy of your current Ohio Applicator License to:
American Society of Agronomy / CCA Program
5585 Guilford Road
Madison, WI 53711
The CCA Exam is now an internet-based exam, available within a one week window in the spring and fall each year via a remote proctor.
Exam Week: Wednesday, August 3 – Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Exam Details: The CCA Exam is offered exclusively online, completed at the examinee's computer and monitored by a proctor via the examinee's webcam, with additional security features to protect the integrity of the exam. The exam can be taken 24 hours a day within the designated exam week, including Saturday and Sunday. Examinees must schedule their exam time at least 24 hours before they plan to complete the exam (this is an additional step to registering for the exam).
Exam Prep: Ohio State University Extension will offer an online CCA Exam Preparation Course for the upcoming exam. The course is available May 16 through September 30, 2022, and will allow you to study and progress at your own pace. This course will provide an overview of the CCA program, and help you prepare for the test by covering basic principles in the four competency areas – nutrient management, soil and water management, pest management, and crop management. Even if you are not considering the CCA program, this class is a great basic agronomy course that any farmer, ag retailer, or anyone working with field crops will find valuable. Additional information on the prep courses and respective registration is available here.
Registration Period: Exam registration is available online starting April 4. The registration deadline for the August 2022 exam week is July 6. Any individuals who were signed up for the August 2021 or February 2022 exams, but did not take the exams will NOT automatically be rescheduled for the August 2022 exam week.
Scheduling Period: After registration closes and closer to the scheduling window, emails will be sent to all registrants with an exam specific link to schedule your specific and preferred test time. Registrants are encouraged to schedule their exam early in this window. The scheduling window will be Wednesday, July 27 – Monday, August 8.
The following information is included in the registration packet.
- Registration Form
- International Performance Objectives
- Tri-State Performance Objectives
CCA Exam Cost:
International Exam - $260 (includes remote proctoring fee)
Tri-state Exam - $95 (includes remote proctoring fee)
Link to exam registration:
There are two exams, the International Exam with 150 multiple choices questions and the Tri-State Exam with 100 multiple choice questions. Both exams are timed - two and a half hours for the International Exam and two hours for the Tri-State Exam. The exams cover four performance objective areas:
- Nutrient Management
- Soil & Water Management
- Pest Management
- Crop Management
In addition, we now have four specialty exams that you can take which will be offered for OH CCAs:
- 4R Nutrient Management Specialty (4R NMS) Certification
- Precision Agriculture Specialty (PASp) Certification
- Resistance Management Specialty (RMS) Certification
- Sustainability Specialty (SSp) Certification
Information on the specialty exams is linked from the exam page here: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams.
All CCA Exam questions can be directed to [email protected].
The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program is an educational program with two main goals: to certify individuals who have passed a minimum competency examination and to establish a mechanism of continuing education for those already certified.
Technical service providers (TSPs) offer services to agricultural producers such as farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). TSPs help these producers plan, design, and implement conservation practices or develop conservation activity plans to improve agricultural operations.
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) is a progressive international scientific and professional society that empowers scientists, educators, and practitioners in developing, disseminating, and applying agronomic solutions to feed and sustain the world.
Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award
The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award was designed to recognize individuals who are highly motivated, deliver exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production and have contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.
Congratulations Tina Lust - 2022 CCA of the Year!
Lust Seed Sales & Service - Marion, Ohio
Past Award Recipients:
Thomas Puch, Heritage Cooperative
Wesley Haun, Tiger-Sul Products, LLC
Don Boehm, Legacy Farmers Cooperative
John Fritz, The Andersons, Inc.
Timothy Berning, Precision Agri-Services, Inc.
Matthew VanTillburg, VanTillburg Farms
Chuck Gates, Seed Consultants Inc.
Joe Nester, Nester Ag. LLC
Melvin Lahmers, TMK Farm Service
Mike Dailey, Independent Consultant
Dave Moroschan, S & D Application, LLC
Jeff Howard, Harvest Land Coop
William Gombash, Berket Farm Center
Roger Butts, Agro Serve Consulting
Bill McDonald, Champaign Landmark
Bill Lehmkuhl, Precision Agri-Services, Inc.
David Scheiderer, Intergrated Ag Services
(also National AFBF Winner)
Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Board Members
Alex Lindsey, PhD
Robert W. Mullen, PhD
Mary Ann Rose