The CCSC program is a nationwide standard designed specifically for people who advise growers, distributors, and the public on crop protection products. If your work involves advising and answering questions about crop protection, CCSC certification is for you.
Industry personnel carry considerable responsibility for the safe and effective use of crop protection products. Certified Crop Science Consultants are bound by a common standard of expertise in crop protection products and issues, and they are well respected for their communication skills and professionalism. The crop protection industry takes responsibility for the entire life cycle of its products— from manufacturing to recycling—and CCSC certification is another component of the industry’s commitment to stewardship.
CropLife Canada and all Canadian protection industry partners support the program. The University of Saskatchewan grants the CCSC certification jointly with CropLife Canada.
Complete the initial online certification course and become a Certified Crop Science Consultant (CCSC).
The CCSC online certification course
- must be completed within one year
- consists of three assignments and one comprehensive case study
- does not have a final exam
- is continuous entry which means you can start anytime and complete anytime within the one-year deadline
- has ten modules (see below)
- cost is $610.00 plus GST
When you complete this online CCSC course, you are a Certified Crop Science Consultant and may use the CCSC designation - CCSC.
- federal and provincial regulatory requirements
- types of registration and certification
- benefits and risks
- formulation types
- legal requirements for label design in different industry sectors
- current interpretations
- definitions of special terms used in labeling
- definition, concepts and strategies
- identification of weeds, insects, diseases and their life cycles
- economic impact of pests
- principles for prevention and management
- pesticide effectiveness and resistance
- dose transfer model including atomization, patternation and spray deposit uniformity
- canopy penetration and spray interception
- spray retention and uptake
- spraydrift management
- incidence, causes, and symptoms of potential health risks and allergic responses related to pesticides
- aspects of short and long-term exposure
- public perception of risks
- how to answer common questions from concerned individuals
- factors influencing pesticide degradation or persistence in soils
- fate and effects of pesticides in air and water
- bioconcentration and biomagnification
- current issues
- safety procedures including protective clothing and equipment, disposal and clean-up
- container management and warehousing standards
- emergency response
- terms, benefits and possible risks of biotechnology
- current and future applications of plant biotechnology
- diversity of types of pests
- environmental concerns and benefits of pest management techniques in the urban environment
- standards for manufacturing, warehousing, sale and use in Canada
The Continuing Education Program was launched in January 2008 for students who have completed the initial online certification process. Re-certification requires 40 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from your choice of 10 educational areas that can be earned through workshops/events/conferences/seminars organized by associations, governments and companies. Cost is $310.00 plus GST.
Up to six months before your certification expires you can register in the program using the link above
Your certification will expire on the two-year anniversary date found on your certificate and/or in your completion letter.
Once you have enrolled in the CEU component of the program, you are required to accumulate 40 hours of CEU credits within the two-year certification period.
CEUs can be obtained through a variety of learning programs, courses, conferences, etc. The subject area must fall under the twelve educational areas of competency and be approved by the CCSC office. The 12 educational areas of competency mimic the modules of the online course:
- Pesticide Regulation
- Product Labels
- Integrated Pest Management
- Application Technology
- Human Health
- Pesticides and the Environment
- Safety and Emergency Response
- Urban Pest Management
- Stewardship and Sustainability
- Professional Development (additional area)
- Agronomic Crop Management (additional area)
Consider every event as an opportunity to collect CEUs. Activites to look for include:
- Industry meetings
- Technical updates
- Field tours
- Safety training
- Stewardship events
Sign in sheets will be available for major events, company events, and previously approved events. Check with the event organizer or the CCSC office. These sheets will be returned to the program office so personal credits may be applied to your account.
You can also obtain CEUs for events for which CEUs have not previously been granted. Download the CEU application form, complete, attach the event agenda and proof of attendance and submit to the CCSC office.
For more details on the application process and self-study credits, please download the CCSC Continuing Ed Manual.
Go to your continuing education account to check your records and track your progress in the program. User name and password can be found in the welcome letter you received upon registeration in the Continuing Education program. Note that updates to the database will take 2-4 weeks after the program office receives them.
The role of the CCSC Company Champion is an integral part in the overall success of CCSC program. Roles and responsibilities of the CCSC company champion are:
- Act as an advocate for the CCSC program both internally within thier company and externally within the plant science industry as a whole.
- Participate in CCSC “company champion” conference calls, which are designed to provide regular updates on the status of the certification program and to seek input on relevant items of interest.
- Act as the communication link between the CCSC office and company personnel who are directly affected by the CCSC certification program.
- Track the progress of employees and encourage them to complete the initial certification process and to ensure employess register in the Con Ed CCSC program.
- Act as the company point (“go to”) person for employees who need to be certified.
- Act as the company point (“go to”) person for the CCSC office.
- Identify internal activities (meetings, training sessions, etc.) that may qualify for CCSC CEU’s and facilitate timely CEU submissions to the CCSC office, University of Saskatchewan.
List of Company Champions
Darcy Parenteau, Program Assistant
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
2D30, Agriculture Building
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
Phone (306) 966-5546
Vanessa Young, Program Manager
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
Phone (306) 966-5097