Becoming a Certified CCA

To become a Certified CCA, you will complete your education with a recognized CCA educator or the Recognizing Prior Learning Program. Once you graduate, you are required to pass the certification exam prior to receiving provincial certification from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). CCA Certification is the education requirement to work in DHW funded nursing homes and home support agencies and most hospital settings in the role of Care Team Assistant.

The CCA Program prepares you to deliver short or extended periods of assistance and support services to clients in various care settings. Your education includes both theory and practice delivered in a classroom setting, a laboratory setting, and through placements with real clients. Your placements may be with home support agencies who serve Department of Health and Wellness clients, nursing homes/homes for the aged, acute care facilities, and other approved care settings that employ CCAs. At the successful completion of your education, including placements, you are ready to write the CCA Certification Exam.

  • Education Admission Requirements
  • Have a grade 12 certificate, a GED equivalent to grade 12, or be a mature student:
  • Mature students must
    • Be at least 19 years of age
    • Have been out of school for at least one year

Receiving my CCA Certificate was like stepping into a stream of opportunity. Employers recognized the skills acquired and other job or education you have is added value.