Guide to the Evaluation of Candidate Seed Graders and Seed Import Conformity Assessors
6.0 General Information

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The evaluation is written by any person wishing to become newly accredited or by any formerly accredited grader or SICA whose accreditation has been cancelled for the previous three or more years. Graders or SICAs who have had their accreditation suspended three times must successfully pass the appropriate evaluation prior to re-accreditation (subsection 13.2(7) of the Regulations). Graders or SICAs whose accreditation was suspended by the CFIA for any of the reasons in paragraphs 13.2(3)(b) to (e) of the Regulations may not apply for re-evaluation and re-accreditation before 24 months after the suspension (subsection 13.2(9) of the Regulations).

Candidates must complete all portions of the evaluation (written and practical) within a three year period.

Candidates wishing to be accredited as a GB or a GD grader must pass the practical evaluations set by the CFIA and the written grader evaluation by the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI). The CSI evaluation assesses the candidate's knowledge of the principles and practices of sampling, conditioning, testing and grading, the Regulations, the Grade Tables, the Weed Seeds Order, 2016 (WSO) and CSI Technical Manual 2.1 for Approved Conditioners and Bulk Storage Facilities – Handling, Grading and Labelling Pedigreed Seed, as they apply to assigning a Canada pedigreed grade name. Candidates wishing to be accredited as a SICA must pass the written and practical evaluations set by the CFIA.

No copies of the evaluations will be available for study purposes prior to the evaluation. All parts of the evaluation must be returned to the supervisor of the evaluation. No copies are to be made in whole or in part. The time required for the evaluations will depend on the scope of the accreditation. There is no time limit. All evaluations are open book.

All parts of the CFIA evaluations have been prepared by the CFIA Saskatoon Laboratory, Seed Science and Technology Section, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the CFIA Seed Section.

Candidates will be required to write the CFIA evaluation in a CFIA office or a CFIA-designated location. The evaluation will be supervised by CFIA personnel. The location, date and time of the evaluation will be determined upon receipt of the candidate's application.

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