ICCA Performancs Objectives

Throughout history, a nation's success has been directly related to the success of its agriculture. Today, with approximately 2% of the population engaged in production agriculture, the margin for error is small, and the effects of mismanagement extend well beyond the farm gate to all segments of society. Producers rely heavily on the advice of others. The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program came into existence to insure that growers receive sound advice and recommendations.

The CCA program is built on the concept that there are certain things one must know in order to provide sound advice to producers. This is determined by asking a wide array of agriculturists involved in all aspects of crop production to tell us what a Certified Crop Adviser must know. We use this information to create the Competency Areas and Performance Objectives that follow. Every other year two of the four modules are extensively reviewed and updated by a committee representing both the public and private sector from across the U.S. and Canada. The revised modules are then reviewed by Certified Crop Advisers who provide input on relative importance of the Performance Objectives, and on areas that need to be added or deleted. By mastering the Performance Objectives, one will possess the knowledge that the agricultural industry has deemed important for a Crop Adviser to know.

These Performance Objectives are dynamic, and are upgraded as the needs of the crop production industry evolve. This ensures that the CCA program will remain a viable and useful tool which recognizes the high level of competence displayed by those who choose to earn this designation.

ICCA Performance Objectives The performance objectives list all of the potential subject matter areas that the exam could cover. It is designed to help guide your study and continuing education.


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