Certified Crop Adviser Program

Find Your Local CCA!

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 speciality. Visit certifiedcropadviser.org/certifications/professional-search/ to use the search tool. 

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).
  • 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

Exam Information

The CCA Exam is offered twice a year, the first Friday in February and the first Friday in August. The next exam is:

Friday, August 2, 2019

Ohio Department of Agriculture - Auditorium
8995 East Main Street
Renyoldsburg, Ohio 43068

9:30 a.m.-noon, International Exam
1:30-3:30 p.m., Tri-state Exam

Registration Period: Exam registration will be online and available April 22. The registration deadline for the August 2, 2019 exams is June 21, 2019. Any individuals who were signed up for the August 2018 or February 2019 exams, but did not take the exams will NOT automatically be rescheduled for the August 2019 exams.

The following information is included in the registration packet.

  • Registration Form
  • International Performance Objectives
  • Tri-State Performance Objectives

CCA Exam Cost:
International Exam - $195 
Tri-state Exam - $50

NEW - Ohio’s August exam will be computer based for all participants.

ALL REGISTRANTS WILL NEED the following:

  • Laptop with a screen of at least 11 inches.
  • Laptop must have WiFi capability (Bluetooth cannot be used).
  • A power cord and external mouse are highly recommended.

For question during or after registration for this new process, please contact

Link to exam registration: 

There are two exams, the International Exam with 180 multiple choices questions and 20 constructed response 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
  • Crop Management
  • Pest Management

Click here to learn more about the CCA Exams from the American Society of Agronomy.

All CCA Exam questions can be directed to certification@sciencesocieties.org.