The exam registration period is now open for the next International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) exam which will be administered on Feb. 7, 2020. Here’s a link to the registration, which runs through Dec. 13.
This is your opportunity to join the more than 13,500 Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs.)
“Becoming a CCA is no small commitment to your profession, your farm, or your grower clients. It just shows an added level of commitment to the success of your grower’s livelihood,” says Eric Welsh program manager at the American Society of Agronomy.
The Certified Crop Adviser Program was established in 1992 and provides professionals with a code of ethics and ongoing education opportunities.
“CCAs continue to be the voice for producers and bridge the gap between science and application,” Welsh says. “The most important component of the being a CCA, besides adhering to the code of ethics, is the continuing education requirement. The CEU requirements for the certification safeguards against missing out on new opportunities in the marketplace, technologies which can make your growers more efficient, and constantly evolving production practices.”
As one example of training to better serve growers, specialty certificates are also available to demonstrate expertise in the following areas of focus:
- 4R Nutrient Management Specialty (339 individuals are certified)
- Sustainability Specialty (111 individuals are certified)
- Resistance Management Specialty (98 individuals are certified)
- Manure Management (18 individuals are certified)
“It's not about the certification, it is about the grower. Farmers are the clients and customers of CCAs and represent the end user of the certification. The program has always had a goal of being a value to the farmer and in return making the CCA designation of more value to the CCA,” Welsh says.