Accredited Agricultural Consultant

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Application Deadline:  February 1

Please submit your application with your appraisal demo by the application deadline listed above. Mya Sadler, ASFMRA Director of Education and Accreditation is available to assist you with questions at msadler@asfmra.org or (303) 692-1224.

Program Overview

Accredited Agricultural Consultants (AAC) members of the Society provide consulting services for over 5,500 clients who collectively represent over 7 million acres of rural real estate. Clients include investors, non-operating landowners, operating farmers and professional agribusinesses. Consultation services can be as simple as helping determine the best lease type on a property to as complex as determining what enterprise is the most profitable for an operation, and determining how to improve cash flow on a operating farm.

Consulting is the fastest growing field in agriculture. The role of agricultural consultants is becoming more and more critical as agriculture enters the fast paced era of consolidation, technology, specialization, mergers, and reformation. An Accredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC) trained in the delivery of their consulting expertise to the market and in the management of their consulting business have set themselves apart from the competition by earning the AAC designation.

AACs provide the highest quality management consulting service to rural America. The agricultural consultant advises clients on business decisions about the current operation of and future opportunities for the client's enterprise. An AAC may focus on financial matters, business structure, human relations and personnel management, business succession planning, or production and operation issues.

With technology changing so rapidly, Consultants provide specialized knowledge to business operators enabling them to keep up with changes and developments needed to adapt and remain profitable.

The Consultant values honesty and fair dealing in a manner which promotes the interest of his/her clients, employees and shareholders. The AAC designation ensures that service is delivered with the highest standards, integrity and quality.

Designation Requirements

(Please take a look at the Accreditation Checklist under Helpful Links below for full details)

  1. Required coursework
    • Agricultural Consulting Principles (4 hours)
    • Agricultural Consulting Practices (24 hours)
    • ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics for New Members (4 hours)
    • AAC Electives (40 hours)
    • AAC Exam Review (8 hours)
    Total 100 hours
  2. Four years of agricultural consulting experience or equivalent (as approved by the ASFMRA).
  3. A four-year college degree or equivalent (as approved by the ASFMRA). Any equivalent education should be submitted for review very early in the accreditation process so the ASFMRA can determine if the education qualifies.
  4. ASFMRA membership prior to submitting an application for accreditation.
  5. Submission of one consulting report as prescribed by the ASFMRA.
  6. Comprehensive AAC Accreditation Exam.

Quickest Path to AAC for an Existing AFM:

  1. Attend Agricultural Consulting Practices (June 27-29, 2016) at SEW 2016
  2. Attend the AAC exam review (June 30, 2016) at SEW 2016
  3. Take and pass the comprehensive (oral + written) examination (July 1, 2016) at SEW 2016
  4. Submit work experience (4 years) to Society Staff by September 1, 2016
  5. Submit proof of an additional 40 hours of consulting education to Society Staff by September 1, 2016
  6. Submit a consulting report to Society Staff by September 1, 2016
  7. Receive designation at AgroNomics 2016 in Indian Wells, California

Normal Path to AAC (AFMs):

  1. Attend Agricultural Consulting Practices (Agricultural Consulting Principles waived for AFMs)
  2. Attend the AAC exam review (will typically be offered in connection with any Agricultural Consulting Practices offering)
  3. Take and pass the comprehensive (oral + written) examination (will typically be offered in connection with any Agricultural Consulting Practices offering)
  4. Submit work experience (4 years) to Society staff by September 1
  5. Submit proof of an additional 40 hours of consulting education to Society Staff by September 1
  6. Submit a consulting report to Society Staff by September 1
  7. Receive designation at AgroNomics (typically late Oct/early Nov each year)

Normal Path to AAC:

  1. Attend Agricultural Consulting Principles (can take before or after Agricultural Consulting Practices - do not need to be taken in order)
  2. Attend Agricultural Consulting Practices (can take before or after Agricultural Consulting Principles - do not need to be taken in order)
  3. Attend the AAC exam review (will typically be offered in connection with any Agricultural Consulting Practices offering)
  4. Take and pass the comprehensive (oral + written) examination (will typically be offered in connection with any Agricultural Consulting Practices offering)
  5. Submit work experience (4 years) to Society staff by September 1
  6. Submit proof of an additional 40 hours of consulting education to Society Staff by September 1
  7. Submit a consulting report to Society Staff by September 1
  8. Receive designation at AgroNomics (typically late Oct/early Nov each year)

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