As a Certified CCA you will provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) to individuals of all ages in a variety of employment settings for the purpose of promoting holistic health and independence. CCAs hold a provincial certification from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

To become a Certified CCA, you will gain the required competencies by successfully completing all components of the CCA Program and pass the CCA Certification Exam.

CCAs’ employment settings include, but are not limited to, home care, long-term care, and acute care. As health care services evolves new employment settings may emerge.

As a Certified CCA you are responsible to:

  • Demonstrate a person-centred philosophy of care in all client interactions.
  • Provide appropriate care as educated within your scope of practice and in accordance with the health care sector and your employer’s policies and procedures.
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the ADL/IADL care which you are competent, educated, and authorized to provide to the client as identified in the care plan.
  • Determine the client’s care you are being asked to perform is within your scope of practice and has been approved by your employer.
  • Recognize activities you are educated to perform when working independently, when working with a regulated health professional, and when implementing a client specific assignment or a delegated intervention.
  • Follow safe work practices and techniques to protect your own safety and those in your care.
  • Follow the delegation protocol when aiding with ADLs and IADLs or other interventions that are outside of your educational preparation.

CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework