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CCA Curriculum Standards

The CCA Curriculum Standards identify the delivery structure and standardized education competencies required for each Certified CCA to deliver appropriate, timely, and respectful person-centered care in a variety of practice settings. The Curriculum identifies such things as the program rationale, philosophy of care, the program’s outcomes, subject matter learning outcomes and objectives, delivery requirements, entrance requirements, teaching resources, and measurement tools.


The purpose of the CCA Program education is to prepare learners to deliver short or extended periods of assistance and support services to people in various care settings. The Program integrates theory and practice through the use of classroom, laboratory, and placement learning and experiences.


The competency-based learning objectives and outcomes with standardized teaching and assessment tools originate from the CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework. The Framework is used as a resource for developing the CCA Curriculum Standards which directs the educator’s curriculum development and delivery. The Curriculum Standards are used to evaluate the education delivery to ensure it meets industry’s needs. Using competency-based learning objectives and outcomes, the curriculum is developed and measured systematically while meeting industry practice requirements.


Upon completion of an approved education program, the graduate is eligible to write the provincial Certification Exam administered by the CCA Program Advisory Committee (CCAPAC), to receive CCA Certification. CCA Certification is the provincial entry-to-practice standard for designated care settings under the jurisdiction of the NS Department of Health and Wellness.