The Certified Agricultural Consultant (CAC)
The Certified Agricultural Consultant (CAC) designation is the highest level of achievement a member can reach in the ASAC organization. Certification ensures that consultant service is delivered with the highest standards, integrity and quality. Members attain the distinguished CAC designation by participating in ASAC’s rigorous program designed to uphold and ensure standards in the quality of service provided to clients by members. The CAC designation is the premier mark of professionalism and excellence for agricultural consultants.
The consulting courses offered by ASAC provide the fundamental tools for the delivery of technical expertise and the management of consulting businesses, whether an independent, a multi-person firm, or a large corporation. These courses enhance skills needed for success in the world of professional agricultural consulting. Members enjoy a tremendous opportunity to network with industry leaders, and access to the latest information and technologies.
The CAC Checklist
- Five years’ agricultural consulting experience. One year experience is a calendar year during which a person spends not less than 1,600 hours as follows:
- At least 600 hours of the 1,600 must be spent consulting in an agricultural or agribusiness situation for a fee or a salary.
- The individual shall have inspected agricultural businesses and assembled and analyzed sufficient data to arrive at objective decisions which are set out in detailed written or oral reports.
- The balance must be spent in a field related to agricultural consulting.)
- A four-year college degree, or equivalent.
- The four-year college degree equivalent may be accomplished by passing the Graduate Management Admissions Test [GMAT] or another generally recognized test for college equivalency acceptable to the Membership Review Committee and approved by the ASAC Board.
- It may also be fulfilled by any combination of college credit and agricultural consulting experience totaling four years.
- References from three separate sources who have been clients for whom consulting services have been provided for a fee.
- Attend one ASAC Annual Conference
- A minimum of 16 ours of approved continuing education in the previous 12 months including a recognized course or program on Business Ethics (2 hours CE minimum).
- Hold current membership in ASAC prior to submitting an application for Certification.
- Complete the CAC Application and submit the appropriate fees.