Guide to the Evaluation of Candidate Seed Graders and Seed Import Conformity Assessors
7.0 Evaluation Scope

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7.1 GB Grader Evaluation

Where the candidate wishes to be accredited to examine seed samples and the germination report, and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to kinds in Group 1, the candidate is evaluated on their ability to:

  1. retrieve, identify, classify, and report impurities found in samples of seed of kinds in Group 1 of the Grade Tables, and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name (Section 11.0; Evaluations A, B, C, D, and E).

7.2 GD Grader Evaluation

Where the candidate wishes to assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to kinds set out in one or more of Groups 1 to 6 based on a review of an ROA issued by an accredited seed laboratory, the candidate is evaluated on their ability to:

  1. review Canadian ROAs prepared according to the standards of the Canadian Methods and Procedures for Testing Seed and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to any of the kinds set out in one or more of the Groups of Grade Tables for which the candidate is requesting accreditation (Section 11.0 Evaluation F).

7.3 Seed Import Conformity Assessor (SICA) Evaluation

Where the candidate wishes to assess conformity of imported seed with minimum import standards and the Regulations based on a review of Canadian or foreign ROAs, for one or more of Groups 1 to 6, the candidate is evaluated on their ability to:

  1. review Canadian and foreign ROAs to assess conformity with minimum import standards for any of the kinds set out in the Groups for which the candidate is requesting accreditation (Section 11.0 Parts C and G); and
  2. answer questions on their knowledge of the Regulations, the Grade Tables, the WSO and The ABCs of Seed Importation into Canada as they apply to assessing conformity of seed with minimum import standards and compliance with the Regulations.
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