Article I. Preamble
The privilege of professional practice
imposes obligations of responsibility as well as
professional knowledge. The ICCA program certifies the
credentials of individuals through state/provincial
The ICCA program will award the title of
Certified to individuals who meet the experience, testing
requirements and the continuing education requirements of
the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) program. The
ICCA program does not require college level education. A
college education will substitute for part of the ICCA work
experience requirement as provided for in the ICCA
Registrants, at the request of a client
or employer, must disclose the information used to gain
certification. Registrants who knowingly misrepresent their
credentials will face disciplinary action.
Article II. Relation of Professional
to the Public
An Applicant shall avoid and discourage
sensational, exaggerated, or unwarranted statements that
might induce participation in unsound enterprises.
An Applicant shall not give professional
opinion, or make a recommendation, without being as
thoroughly informed as might reasonably be expected
considering the purpose for which the opinion or
recommendation is desired; and the degree of completeness of
information upon which it is based should be clear.
An Applicant shall not issue a false
statement or false information even if directed to do so by
employer or client.
Article III. Relation of professional
to Employer and Client
An Applicant shall protect, to the
fullest extent possible, the interest of the employer or
client insofar as such interest is consistent with the law
and professional obligations and ethics.
An Applicant who finds that obligations
to the employer or client conflict with their professional
obligation or ethics should work to have such objectionable
An Applicant shall not use, directly or
indirectly, employer or client's information in any way that
would violate their confidentiality.
An Applicant shall not divulge
information given in confidence.
An Applicant retained by one client shall
not accept without the client's written consent, an
engagement by another if the interests of the two are in any
An Applicant who has made an
investigation for any employer or client shall not seek to
profit economically from the information gained, unless
written permission to do so is granted, or until it is clear
that there can no longer be a conflict of interest with the
original employer or client.
An Applicant shall engage, or advise
employer or client to engage and cooperate with, other
experts and specialists as appropriate.
An Applicant protects the interest of a
client by recommending only products and services that are
in the best interest of the client and public.
An Applicant protects his/her credibility
by disclosing to clients how he/she will be compensated for
providing recommendations to the client.
Article IV. Relation of Professionals
to Each Other
An Applicant shall not falsely or
maliciously attempt to injure the reputation of another.
An Applicant shall freely give credit for
work done by others, to whom the credit is due, and shall
refrain from plagiarism of oral and written communications
and shall not knowingly accept credit rightfully due another
An Applicant shall not use the advantage
of public employment (e.g. university, government) to
compete unfairly with other certified professions.
An Applicant shall endeavor to cooperate
with others in the profession and encourage the ethical
dissemination of technical knowledge.
Article V. Duty to the Profession
An Applicant shall aid in exclusion from
certification, those who have not followed this Code of
Ethics or who do not have the required education and
An Applicant shall uphold this Code of
Ethics by precept and example and encourage, by counsel and
advice, other Registrants to do the same.
An Applicant having positive knowledge of
deviation from this Code by another Registrant shall bring
such deviation to the attention of the Registrant's local
Approved by International CCA Board of