How to Become a Certified Crop Advisor

1. Request or print off the Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Performance Objectives and International Performance Objectives. You may also wish to purchase the reference material cited in the Ontario and International CCA Objectives by clicking here

2. Purchasing study material does not register you for the exams. The cost for both study guides, including tax and shipping, is $186.08 and is non-refundable. 

3. There are two certifications exams that you are required to write and pass, as the first step in the process to become a CCA, the Ontario (local) and International. All exams are now given on-line and you must have access to a webcam and microphone. The cost to write the International exam is $180 US + $55 proctor fee = $235 US.  The cost for the Ontario exam is $100 US + $45 proctor fee = $145 U.S. 

Both exams are offered on-demand. You can take the exam at any time throughout the year. Once you register and pay for the exams, you have 60 days to write. If you fail the exam, you must wait 15 days before you register to take it again. Results are immediate once you finish your exam. Registration can be completed by clicking here

The exam registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE after the registration deadline. This means that there are no refunds provided after the registration deadline has passed.  Note: Passing both exams does not automatically make you a CCA. 

4. Once you have passed both exams, the CCA head office in Madison, WI will send you a link for the Certified Crop Advisor Certification booklet which outlines the certification steps and contains the complete credentials package of forms. You can find a copy of the booklet here. Requirements are degree plus two years’ experience, diploma plus three years’ experience, or high school plus four years’ experience. At least 50% of the required experience must come from North America and the degree/diploma must be agriculture based.

5. In your credentials, you are required to fill out your education, work experience, and provide two references (one employer and one client). Once your credentials are complete, you will need to send them back to Madison within six months of receiving your exam results. At that time, Madison will submit your information to the Ontario CCA Standards and Ethics Review Committee to review your application. A code of ethics must also be signed, click here to view

6. Once the Standards and Ethics Committee has reviewed your credentials, you will receive a letter outlining their decision. You will either be awarded full CCA status, CCA Candidate status (for those who have successfully completed both exams, submitted their credentials, but lack the overall experience needed to be awarded full CCA status), or be denied due to incomplete credentials.

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