How to Earn the CAC

By earning the CAC designation you can enhance your knowledge and career opportunities. The first step is to become a member of CMC-Canada. Once you’re accepted as a member you can apply for the CAC designation.


The CAC designation (Certified Agricultural Consultant) is open to professionals who meet one or more of the following requirements:

  1. are agrologists who are members of any Provincial Institute of Agrologists or L'Ordre des Agronomes du Quebec, or
  2. are certified by other professional bodies regulated by statute and approved by the CAC Committee of CMC-Canada[1], or
  3. hold a graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) in a discipline and from a university approved by the CAC Committee of CMC-Canada and any Provincial Institute of Agrologists or L'Ordre des Agronomes du Quebec, or
  4. are non-Canadian residents holding a Certified Agricultural Consultant (CAC) designation, or similar designation, from a consulting agricultural association operating outside of Canada that is approved by the CAC Committee of CMC-Canada.  If resident citizen status is achieved then one of the above 3 requirements must be met.


[1] CMC, CPA, CA, CMA, CGA, LLB, JD, PEng. Other certifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

CAC Streams - Requirements to receive the CAC designation

Entry

Experienced

Executive

Has been a 'CAC Candidate' member of CMC-Canada for a minimum of 2 years, and; have a minimum of 3 years of agriculture consulting experience defined as: one who, as an individual, or on behalf of a partnership or corporation, offers independent, objective professional advice in matters relating to agriculture, on a fee for service basis

Has been a 'CAC Candidate' member of CMC-Canada for a minimum of 1 year, and; have a minimum of 5 years of agriculture consulting experience defined as: one who, as an individual, or on behalf of a partnership or corporation, offers independent, objective professional advice in matters relating to agriculture, on a fee for service basis

Criterion 1: All candidates must hold an executive position in a consultancy at the time of application. Criterion 2a: Career consultants must have a minimum 10 years executive agricultural consulting experience, OR, Criterion 2b: Candidates transitioning from industry must have a minimum of 15 years of executive experience. This must include 3 years of agricultural consulting experience including the past 12 months in a practice leadership capacity. Criterion 3: Candidates should display "breadth of knowledge” demonstrated by work experience in more than one sector or functional area OR by an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

At least 2 reference surveys from clients served satisfactorily in a consulting capacity on a fee for service basis during the two years (24 months) preceding the application for the designation CAC.

Completion of the CMC-Canada Best Practices/Ethics course

An oral assessment by one or two interviewers assigned by the CAC Committee and who hold a CAC and/or CMC designation.

 

CMC-Canada requires CAC consultants to participate in at least 32 hours of professional development every 2-year period, to ensure they remain current with agricultural trends and business practices.

CMC-Canada promotes professional behaviour and ethical practice in agricultural consulting. Members are expected to adhere to the CMC-Canada Code of Professional Conduct.

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