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 continuously throughout the year via a remote proctor.
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 and microphone, with additional security features to protect the integrity of the exam. The exam can be taken 24 hours a day, including Saturday and Sunday 365 days a year. 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 in-person CCA Exam Preparation Course January 11-12, 2023, in Sidney, Ohio. This course will provide an overview of the CCA program, and help you prepare for the exams 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 this prep course and respective registration is available here.
Registration Period: on-going for Ohio
Scheduling Period: on-going for Ohio
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 currently have three 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
- Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) Certification
Information on the specialty exams can be found here: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams/specialty-certifications.
Click here to learn more about the CCA Exams from the American Society of Agronomy.
All CCA Exam questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tri-State Performance Objectives
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 Provider Program (TSP)
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.
American Society of Agronomy
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 Dr. Alex Lindsey - 2023 CCA of the Year!
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science - The Ohio State University
Click here to learn more about the 2023 Ohio CCA of the Year.
Past Award Recipients:
Tina Lust, Lust Seed Sales & Service
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