What is the difference between a trade group and a profession? A lot has been written on the subject. One of the acknowledged hallmarks of a true profession is a group’s willingness and ability to set standards for its members.
Physicians, attorneys, and accountants approach certification in different ways, but all have established a process for assuring the public that the members of their profession are competent. The National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants has done the same for those who are providing crop management recommendations and research services to agricultural clients. These may include crop consultants, ag researchers, farm managers, Extension personnel, retailers, and others.