Certified Crop Adviser (CCP)

Course Overview

In this course, you will find the information, in the form of extensive readings and illustrative images, that you need to pass the Pennsylvania CCA exam. You will find all of the critical information in the four general areas of agronomy that certified crop advisers are required to know: soil and water; crop management; pest management; and nutrient management. You will learn scientific information and legislative regulations. You will also be able to answer practice questions so that you are prepared to take the Pennsylvania CCA exam.

The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program provides a benchmark for practicing agronomy professionals and becoming certified adds credibility to your agronomic advising. To become a certified crop adviser in Pennsylvania, you must pass the International CCA exam and the Pennsylvania CCA exam.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the participants will be able to learn:

  • Best crop management practices
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various tillage practices
  • Common insect pests and beneficial organisms
  • Common diseases of plants
  • Use of pesticides, the regulations and the risks

Course Content

  • Soil health, formation, and structure;
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various tillage practices;
  • Important soil conservation practices;
  • Important crops and their growth stages;
  • Crop management practices;
  • Common weeds and herbicide use;
  • Common plant diseases;
  • Common insect pests and beneficial organisms;
  • Pesticide use, regulations, and risks;
  • Integrated pest management program implementation;
  • Lime, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium processes;
  • Soil, plant, and manure sample methods and test report interpretation;
  • Manure application calculations;
  • Manure management practices

Course Methodology

The training is going to be highly interactive combination of lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, individual reflections, role plays, simulations and videos.

Target Audience

  • Consultants preparing to take the Pennsylvania Certified Crop Adviser exam
  • Crop Advisers preparing to take the Pennsylvania Certified Crop Adviser exam


5 Days (08:30–14:30) with appropriate breaks for tea/refreshments and lunch.