Guide to the Evaluation of Candidate Seed Graders and Seed Import Conformity Assessors
10.0 Evaluation Format

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The following tables detail the format of each evaluation, the various components, the pass mark, and the approximate time it would take to complete.

Table 1 GB Grader Evaluation Format

Evaluation FormatComponentsPass MarkApprox. Time
Practical Grade Tables I to VI and XVIII
  • Identification (Section 11.0, Part A)
80%1 to 2 h
Practical Grade Tables I to VI and XVIII
  • Retrieval Section 11.0, Part B)
  • Classification (Section 11.0, Part C)
  • Reporting (Section 11.0, Part D)
  • Assigning a Canada pedigreed grade name (Section 11.0, Part E)
80%2 to 3 h
Written, Administered by CSIKnowledge of the principles and practices of conditioning, testing and grading as defined in the:
  • Seeds Act;
  • Seeds Regulations; and
  • CSI Technical Manual 2.1 for Approved Conditioners and Bulk Storage Facilities – Handling, Grading and Labelling Pedigreed Seed
80%1 h

Table 2 GD Grader Evaluation Format

Evaluation FormatComponentsPass MarkApprox.. Time
Practical - by Grade Table GroupIn accordance with the scope of accreditation:Table Note 1
  • Document review, interpretation of ROAs and grading
    (Section 11.0, Part F)
80%2 h
Written - Administered by CSI Knowledge of the principles and practices of conditioning, testing and grading as defined in the:
  • Seeds Act
  • Seeds Regulations
  • CSI Technical Manual 2.1 for Approved Conditioners and Bulk Storage Facilities - Handling, Grading and Labelling Pedigreed Seed
80%1 h

Table Notes

Table note 1

Accredited GD graders wishing to be accredited for additional Groups of the Grade Tables are required to complete the CFIA evaluation for the review and interpretation of ROAs and assignment of a Canada pedigreed grade name to kinds in the additional Group(s) of Grade Tables. They are not required to repeat the written evaluation administered by the CSI.

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Table 3 Seed Import Conformity Assessor (SICA) Evaluation Format

Evaluation FormatComponentsPass MarkApprox. Time
Practical - by Grade Table Group
  • Classification (Section 11.0, Part C)

In accordance with the scope of accreditation:Table Note 2

  • Review and interpretation of Canadian and foreign ROAs, and assessment of conformity with minimum import standards (Section 11.0, Part G)
80%2 to 3 h
WrittenPrinciples and practices of assessment of conformity of imported seed with minimum import standards and accompanying documentation as defined in the:
  • Seeds Act
  • Seeds Regulations, Sections 1 – 42
  • The ABCs of Seed Importation into Canada
  • Weed Seeds Order, 2016
80%1 to 2 h

Table Notes

Table note 2

Accredited SICAs wishing to add other Groups of Grade Tables to their scope are required to complete the CFIA practical evaluation for assessment of conformity with minimum import standards for kinds in the additional Group(s) of Grade Tables. They are not required to repeat the written evaluation.

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