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Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training Seminar

The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam Training program, sponsored and delivered by the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, will be offered at the Shelby County Extension Office, 810 Fair Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365 on January 10 & 11, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the 10th and adjourn by 5:00 p.m. on the 11th. The price for the Pre-Exam preparation class is $250. Secure on-line registration via credit card, debit card or check is available at: Register early; due to class interaction, we keep it small. This is an intensive two-day program somewhat directed toward the local exam – to be used as a reminder on what best to study in preparation for the CCA exams.

Course contact:

Harold Watters, CPAg, CCA
Ohio State University Extension
1100 S. Detroit St
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
Phone 937 604-2415 cell, or by email: for more information.

We will provide each participant with the following publications in addition to lectures:

  • The new 2017 Ohio Agronomy Guide
  • Ohio, Indiana & Illinois Weed Control Guide
  • 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide or equivalent
  • Tri-State Fertility Guide
  • Modern Corn & Soybean Production
  • And many handouts

Meals, snacks, coffee will also be provided at the site during the class.

Not covered directly in the class is the international exam. We recommend this very good study resource for the international exam, “Preparing for the International CCA Exam”, to be available for purchase on November 7th. To order: This guide is divided into four main categories; Nutrient Management, Crop Management, Pest Management, Soil/Water Management with subject matter and questions/answers at end of each chapter.

For more information on the Certified Crop Adviser program:

Steps to Certification:

The steps below are simply an overview of the process of becoming a CCA. Anyone interested in becoming certified is encouraged to review the detailed documentation in the Credential Information Workbook before starting the process. The steps to certification are:

1. Pass two comprehensive exams (International and Local Board). CCA exams will be given twice in 2018. Register for the February exam at, at least six weeks (December 8th) before the next exam on February 2nd.

2. Meet the experience requirements

  • Have at least two years of experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in an agronomy related field, (The number of CCAs with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree is greater than 70%)
  • Have at least three years of experience with an Associates Degree in an agronomy related field,
  • Or have at least four years of experience with no degree.

3. Apply for the CCA Credential

Document education and crop advising experience (Including transcripts and supporting references)

Sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics (Included in application)

Once Certified:

Earn 40 hours of continuing education (CEU) every two years and pay an annual renewal fee.

Crop Observation and Recommendation Network

C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.