Continuing Care Assistant Program

Education > Writing the Provincial Exam

Upon completion of all the components of the CCA Program the participant can register for the CCA Exam.  There are various times and locations for exam sittings every year.  The participant can contact the CCA Administration to discuss the exam schedule before registering. Participants will not be permitted to write the exam until all components of the CCA Program are successfully completed and proof of completion is submitted to the CCA Administration as noted on the registration form.  Traditional participants are registered for the exam through the primary instructor. RPL Program relies on the participant to register and pay the registration fee independently (RPL Program Exam Registration Form).  For more information; contact Vanda Newton

All provincial examinations must be written under the direction of the designated CCA examination monitor.

As a new policy going forward, the pass mark for each exam may be adjusted to allow for slight changes in exam difficulty. In order to make sure all students meet the same standards, the pass mark will be able to change from year to year, depending on the contents of the test and how difficult the questions are. The pass mark may vary according the decisions of a panel of experts, but the expectations of the students will remain the same. This results in a fair and valid process, widely used in certification testing across North America

The student is permitted three attempts to pass the provincial exam, and if all attempts are unsuccessful, the applicant will be required to repeat the course in order to be eligible to write the provincial exam again.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible to write the CCA Provincial Exam the student must meet all the requirement of the CCA Program prior to being granted a seat at the exam. When all requirements of the course have been completed, including passing the provincial exam the student will receive his/her Nova Scotia Provincial certificate from the CCA Administration under the authority of the Nova Scotia CCA Program Advisory Committee.

Minimum requirements to be eligible to write:

Successful completion of the NS Continuing Care Assistant Course with an approved deliverer covering:

  • 510 Theory/lab incorporating the authorized curriculum
  • 230 hours placement in a Department of Health and Wellness funded Nursing Home/Home for the Aged
  • 100 hours placement in a Home Care Agency providing care to Department of Health and Wellness funded clients
  • Maintain current certification in the six required NS certificates:
    • ADODCC
    • OH&S
    • WHMIS
    • Food Hygiene
    • Palliative Care
    • Standard First Aid/CPR Level C
  • Completed Competency Assessment Tool (CAT) verified by the CCA Administration confirming completion of the required theory/lab, placements, and professional behaviour of the student

To write the provincial exam, submit; the registration form, payment and proof of successful completion of all components of the Program to the CCA Administration. If the participant is not successful on the first attempt, s/he is responsible to register for any addition attempts and pay the rewrite fee. (Exam Rewrite Registration Form)

Effective March 21, 2011 students must show government issued picture identification at the door the day of the exam in order to register (ie: driver’s license, passport). They will be instructed by education providers to arrive between 9:15 and 9:45 am in order to do so. If a student must leave the room after registering at the door to use the washroom or make a phone call they must take their ID with them to show again to re-enter the exam room. Once the exam commences at 10:00 am they are not allowed to leave the room until they have finished and passed in their exam.

Students must ensure their name is spelled correctly on the Exam Registration Form before they provide their signature as this is the name that will appear on their provincial certificate. Only those students whose name appears on this list are approved to write the exam.
Students are given an Information Release Form and Student Satisfaction Questionnaire Form to complete while they are waiting for the exam to start.

At 10:00 am the door to the exam room is to be closed after which there will be no further admittance. Students arriving after 10:00 am will be expected to contact CCA Administration and arrange to write the exam at another scheduled location. The students will have two hours to write the exam.

  • All text books and note books must be left at the front of the classroom during the exam. The only items permitted on a student’s desk are pens, pencils and blank scrap paper. All cell phones must be turned off.
  • Relax and read the questions carefully; don’t leave any blanks.
  • Exam results take 4 - 6 weeks to process.
  • CAT booklets are given back to the student after the exam.