The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program was established in 1992 in response to an increased need for agronomic expertise to address environmental concerns. The U.S. agricultural industry responded by designing and implementing a program of professional training, certification, and self-regulation—the CCA Program.

This timeframe is the 20th anniversary of the CCA’s first testing date. Testing for the certification began in 1993 for any crop adviser or consultant that was spending the majority of their time advising growers on agronomic practices and could meet the standards of the program. The program continues today under those criteria and operates in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and India.

The International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) Program is the largest voluntary, agriculturally oriented certification program in North America. Over 13,000 agronomy professionals have met the standards set by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) to become certified.

Professionals who have attained the CCA credential have passed two comprehensive exams covering nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop management. Along with contributing to the agronomic community and gaining at least two years of required experience, they have made a commitment to focus on grower profitability while optimizing and protecting our natural resources.

The backbone of the program is how the program has proven that farmers and employers prefer to work with CCA because these professionals have demonstrated they have the commitment, education, expertise and experience to make a difference. Being certified adds credibility and shows commitment.

To learn more about the CCA program or find a local CCA, visit https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/.