The Certified Crop Adviser Program (CCA) is one of the professional certification programs offered by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). It is a voluntary program providing a base level of standard through testing and raising that standard through continuing education.
Over 12,000 men and women serve our nation’s farmers and ranchers as Certified Crop Advisers, providing information and expertise on crop production, crop protection, and natural resource management.
The program is administered locally by 37 state/regional/provincial boards called “Local Boards” throughout the United States and Canada. The Northwest Certified Crop Adviser (NWCCA) covers 6 states (AK, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA) and 1 Canadian province (BC). It is administered by Far West Agribusiness Association in Spokane, WA.
Each CCA had to pass two exams (international and local) and submit credentials detailing their education, crop advising experience plus two references. They must sign and adhere to a code of ethics.
The exams cover four major competency areas: nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop management. Continuing education must also fall into one of these four areas to be valid for CCA Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
To maintain the certification, the CCA must earn 40 hours of continuing education every two years. The program has averaged a 94% renewal rate.