Accredited Agricultural Consultant

Ag ConsultingAccredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC) members of the Society provide consulting services to over 5,500 clients who collectively represent over 7 million acres of rural real estate. Clients range from investors and non-operating landowners to farmers and professional agribusinesses. AACs offer expert guidance on diverse topics, from lease types to enterprise profitability and cash flow improvements.

As agriculture evolves with consolidation, technology, specialization, mergers and reformation, the need for skilled consultants grows. AACs, distinguished by their professional designation, are trained to offer premium consulting services, optimizing their client's business operations and capitalizing on future opportunities.

Focused on areas like finance, business structure, personnel management, succession planning and operational issues, AACs emphasize honesty, fairness and high ethical standards, ensuring top-quality service with the utmost integrity.

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

  1. Required coursework:
    • Agricultural Consulting Principles (24 hours)
    • Agricultural Consulting Procedures (24 hours)
    • ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics (2 hours)
    • AAC Electives (40 hours)
              Total 92 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.

Path to AAC for an Existing AFM:

  1. Attend Agricultural Consulting Procedures
  2. Take and pass the comprehensive (oral + written) examination
  3. Submit work experience (4 years) to Society Staff
  4. Submit proof of an additional 40 hours of consulting education to Society Staff
  5. Submit a consulting report to Society Staff

Normal Path to AAC:

  1. Attend Agricultural Consulting Principles
  2. Attend Agricultural Consulting Procedures
  3. Take and pass the comprehensive (oral + written) examination
  4. Submit work experience (4 years) to Society staff
  5. Submit proof of an additional 40 hours of consulting education to Society Staff
  6. Submit a consulting report to Society staff


Please submit your application and Consulting Plan to accreditation@asfmra.org. Deanna Ilk is available to assist you with questions at dilk@asfmra.org or (303) 692-1222.