Who is a CCA?
A Certified Crop Adviser is a person educated to provide crop management recommendations to farmers, thereby ensuring better economic return to the farmers, employer, and himself, with emphasis on protecting the environment.
Aim of CCA certification:
CCA certification ensures that the quality of service provided at the farm level is of uniform and high standard. Certification brings information on latest technologies, improves knowledge and encourages more meaningful interaction with the farmers and better productivity at the farm level. Earning the certification will bring:
- Better job opportunities in multinational organizations
- Job Opportunity in new technology areas
- Increased entrepreneurial opportunities
- Recognition from employers and clients as a credible and competent adviser
- Respect from other professionals, as a better adviser, consultant, and a credible teacher of agronomic practices
- Ensures continuous upgradation of your knowledge and skills, thus bringing pride, satisfaction and increased respect amongst peers
- Ensures advisory of global standards to the farmers. The fact that these standards are followed globally adds to the credibility of certified adviser
Who can get the CCA certificate?
Given below is the partial list of the program who will benefit from the CCA program:
- Market development officers, Agronomists, Agri input sales personnel, Agriculture Development Officers, field assistants, Farm extension workers both in public and private sectors
- Consultants and farm managers
- Natural resource conservation personnel
- Educators and Extension specialists
- Technical support personnel
- Academic Scientists and Agronomy Researcher
About CCA Program
The certified crop adviser program was started by American Society of Agronomy (ASA) in 1991 in United States of America (USA) and was later extended to Canada. Presently there are more than 13,000 certified crop advisers in USA and Canada. India is the first country outside the North American continent to provide the program with its continuous education as the major criterion for renewing the certification.
Initial support for the establishment of Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program in India came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Bank to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) through a project on Cereal System Initiative for South Asia (CSISA).
- Certificate is issued by American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Madison, WI, United States
- This Certificate is valid in USA & Canada in addition to India
- Upgradation of knowledge will help the CCA in improving their job prospects
* Letter from Dept/ Govt. agency will be required to avail this special fee
- Rs. 9500 plus service tax @ 10.3%
- Rs. 7000 plus service tax @ 10.3%
(Special fee for government employees only)*
Pre-requisites to earn the Certification
The individuals who desire certification must register before appearing for the exam. The individuals must have the following technical requirements to become certified as crop advisers.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
* B.Sc. Agriculture or above with 2 years experience working at farm level
* 10+2 or higher secondary with 4 years experience working at farm level
The individual must pass the India CCA exam based on the performance objective (syllabus) covering:
The performance objective (syllabus) details are available on the website www.certifiedcropadviser.org/india
|1. Nutrient management|| 2. Soil and water management|
|3. Integrated pest management|| 4. Crop management|
The individuals must sign and agree to uphold the India CCA code of ethics.
40 hours of Education updation every two years is mandatory for renewing the CCA status.
Information regarding the exam is available at the site www.certifiedcropadviser.org/india. You may also get the information regarding the India CCA exam from Manager, India Certified Crop Adviser program at Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals at +91-11-43154100 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.