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Continuing Care Assistant (CCA)

Continuing Care Assistants provide direct care, supporting individuals who require ongoing care due to aging, illness, or disability. CCAs tend to work in Long-Term Care Facilities, for a Home Care agency, or other community-based care organizations.

Steps to becoming a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) in Nova Scotia.

Step 1
Complete the CCA program

To become an CCA in Nova Scotia, after high school complete your CCA certificate. Continuing Care Assistant programs typically take a minimum of 30 weeks to complete. There are various CCA programs available in Nova Scotia:

Explore recognized CCA programs here.

Step 2
Arrange CCA certification through RPL

If you already have significant experience providing care—either in Nova Scotia, or in another province or country—you may also be able to get CCA certification through the Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) Program. The RPL Program helps you get credit for significant care-related on-the-job training, formal education, and life experiences that you already have.

Step 3
Pass the CCA Certification Exam

Once you complete all requirements of the CCA program, or complete the RPL program to have your CCA experience recognized, you are eligible to become an exam candidate. To become an exam candidate your educator will submit the required exam documents (CCA competency assessment tools) to the CCA program a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the exam sitting.

Click here for more information about the CCA Certification Exam.

Step 4
Register as a CCA in Nova Scotia

Upon completion and passing of the CCA exam, you must apply and be added to the Continuing Care Assistant Registry in order to begin working in Nova Scotia.