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. 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 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.

Program Overview

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 now an internet-based exam, available within a one week window in the spring and fall each year via a remote proctor. 

Exam Week: Wednesday, February 3 – Wednesday,  February 10, 2021

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, with additional security features to protect the integrity of the exam. The exam can be taken 24 hours a day within the designated exam week, including Saturday and Sunday. 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).

Registration Period: Exam registration is available online starting October 5. The registration deadline for the February 2021 exam week is December 11. Any individuals who were signed up for the February 2020 or August 2020 exams, but did not take the exams will NOT automatically be rescheduled for the February 2021 exam week.

Scheduling Period: After registration closes and closer to the scheduling window, emails will be sent to all registrants with an exam specific link to schedule your specific and preferred test time. Registrants are encouraged to schedule their exam early in this window. The scheduling window will be Monday, January 25 – Monday, February 8.

The following information is included in the registration packet.

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

CCA Exam Cost:
International Exam - $248 (includes remote proctoring fee) 
Tri-state Exam - $91 (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 now have four 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

Information on the specialty exams is linked from the exam page here: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams.

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.

CCA Links

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.

Click here to download the 2021 CCA of the Year Application.

Due January 15!

Congratulations Wesley Haun - 2020 CCA of the Year!

Tiger-Sul Products, LLC - West Liberty, Ohio

Cca Of The Year 2020


Past Award Recipients:

2019

Don Boehm, Legacy Farmers Cooperative 

2018

John Fritz, The Andersons, Inc. 

2017

Timothy Berning, Precision Agri-Services, Inc.

2016

Matthew VanTillburg, VanTillburg Farms

2015

Chuck Gates, Seed Consultants Inc.

2014

Joe Nester, Nester Ag. LLC

2013

Melvin Lahmers, TMK Farm Service

2012

Mike Dailey, Independent Consultant

2009

Dave Moroschan, S & D Application, LLC

2008

Jeff Howard, Harvest Land Coop

2007

William Gombash, Berket Farm Center

2006

Roger Butts, Agro Serve Consulting

2005

Bill McDonald, Champaign Landmark

2004

Bill Lehmkuhl, Precision Agri-Services, Inc.

2003

David Scheiderer, Intergrated Ag Services
(also National AFBF Winner)

Ohio Certified Crop Advisor Board Members

Logan Haake

Chair
Term Expires 12/31/22
Legacy Farmers Cooperative
6566 County Road 236
Findlay, OH 45840
PH: 419-423-2611
Contact

Clint Nester

Vice Chair
Term Expires 12/31/24
Nester Ag Management
01521 Ney Williams Center Rd
Bryan, OH 43506
Phone: 419-658-8866
Contact

Jonah Johnson

Past Chair
Term Expires 12/31/20
Sunrise Cooperative
1630 Old U.S. 35E.
Xenia, OH 45385
Phone: 937-622-8999
Contact

Larry Antosch

Appointed
Term Expires 12/31/22 
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
280 North High Street
P.O. Box 182383
Columbus, OH 43218-2383
Phone: 614-246-8264
Fax: 614-249-8664
Contact

Matt Deaton

Board Liaison
Term Expires 12/31/20
Deaton Soil Services, LLC
1427 Concord Fairhaven Rd.
Eaton, Ohio 45320
937-533-9991
Contact

Jason Hartschuh

Director
Term Expires 12/31/20
OSU Extension, Crawford County, CED
Contact

Greg LaBarge

Ex-Officio
Term Expires 12/31/20
OSU Extension Agronomic Crops
Marion County Extension
222 W. Center Street
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-223-4043
Contact

Melvin Lahmers

Director
Term Expires 12/31/22
TMK Bakersville
Adams TR 101
PO Box 3068
Bakersville, OH 43803
Phone: 330-897-3911
Contact

Matt Lane

Appointed
Term Expires 12/31/22
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E Main St.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-265-6913
Contact

Alex Lindsey, PhD

Appointed
Term Expires 12/31/20
The Ohio State University Extension
2021 Coffey Rd.; Kottman Hall Room 312A
Columbus, OH 43210-4068
Phone: 614-292-3864
Contact

Andy Londo, PhD

Appointed
Term Expires 12/31/22
The Ohio State University
Agriculture and Natural Resources
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-4077
Fax: 614-292-3747
Contact

Grace Looker

Director
Term Expires 12/31/20
BASF
2600 County Road 186
Cardington , OH 43315
Phone: 419-561-7008
Contact

Robert W. Mullen, PhD

Ex-Officio
Term Expires 12/31/20
Nutrien
944 Country Club Dr
Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: 330-601-0396
Fax: 330-601-0386
Contact

Kevin Otte

Director
Term Expires 12/31/20
Otte AG, LLC
7368 Indian Trail Road 
Maria Stein, OH 45860
Phone: 937-564-1567
Contact

Mary Ann Rose

Ex-Officio
Term Expires 12/31/22
OSU Extension
Phone: 614-292-4070
Fax: 614-247-8127
Contact

Eric Schwab

Appointed
Term Expires 12/31/22
USDA/NRCS
200 North High Street
Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-255-2477
Contact

William Urbanowicz

Director
Term Expires 12/31/22
Spectrum Analytic
1087 Jamison Road NW
Washington C.H., OH 43160
Phone: 740-335-1562
Contact

Harold Watters

Ex-Officio
Term Expires 12/31/22
OSU Extension Agronomist
24600 Storms Road
Raymond, OH 43067
Phone: 937-604-2415
Fax: 937-484-1540
Contact

Rick Wilson

Appointed
Term Expires 12/31/22
Ohio EPA - Division of Surface Water
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216
Phone: 614-644-2032
Fax: 614-644-2745
Contact