A watch or timer is permitted but not required. If candidates choose to bring a watch or timer, please make sure it does not beep or buzz, as this may be distracting to other candidates.
Items that are not permitted in the testing room include notes, textbooks, and all snacks or beverages, due to facility restrictions. Personal belongings must be placed at the front of the testing room, away from the candidate’s workspace. The use of personal electronic devices is prohibited during the exam period. All electronic devices (such as cellphones) must be shut off completely throughout the exam and not visible on or near a candidate’s desk.
What is on the Certification Exam?
The exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions that cover all content areas from the curriculum standards. The questions vary in difficulty from easy to hard. Questions may inquire about facts and knowledge (e.g., terminology or anatomy), applications, procedures, or critical thinking.
For each question, there is only one correct answer, although others may seem tempting. Candidates must select the best response and clearly mark their choice on the corresponding answer sheet. It is to the candidate’s advantage to guess if they do not know the answer, as there will be no penalty for incorrect guesses.
A group of informational questions at the beginning of the exam will be included, but they will not count toward the candidate’s total score. These questions ask about general demographics (such as gender, minority status, etc.). The purpose of these questions is to gather information about the candidates enabling the exam to be analyzed for bias and fairness, so that all candidates receive an equal opportunity to succeed.
Responses to these demographic questions are voluntary, but encouraged, and they will not influence the candidate’s exam score in any way. It is strongly recommended that candidates provide honest responses, because it will assist the exam developers in making sure the exam fair for all candidates.
What if I can’t attend the exam after registering?
It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the CCA Program Administration as soon as they are aware of the inability to attend his/her scheduled writing. Exam fees will not be refunded, but credit towards the next exam writing may be provided if acceptable notification of cancellation is given prior to or within five (5) business days of the scheduled date.
Candidates who do not attend the exam and do not notify the Administration will forfeit their registration fee. Credit will not be provided for future exam dates. In the event of failure to notify of withdrawal in the appropriate time frame, the candidate will be required to pay a re-registration exam fee of $150.00 plus HST ($172.50) for their next exam sitting. See Registering for Exam Rewrites in the Certification Exam Handbook.
What are the Exam Fees?
The fee for the first exam writing is included in the administrative fee of the CCA Program, paid by the candidate to the education provider and submitted by the education provider to the CCA Program Administration. The fee to rewrite the exam, if required, is $150.00 plus HST ($172.50).
What if I need disability related accommodations?
Accommodations are designed to remove disadvantages and ensure all candidates receive an equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge. Disability related accommodations, typically for documented physical or learning disabilities are granted on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the CCA Exam Committee or delegate. Candidates who require accommodations must submit a request, in writing, through their educators, at least four (4) months prior to the exam.
Read the CCA Certification Exam Handbook for full details. If you have further questions, not covered in the handbook contact the CCA Program Administration.