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Guide to the Evaluation of Candidate Seed Graders and Seed Import Conformity Assessors
12.0 CFIA Written SICAs Evaluation

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The objective of the SICA written evaluation is to assess the candidate's knowledge of the principles and practices of testing and grading of pedigreed seed and import conformity assessment.

It is recommended that the candidate be familiar with the Seeds Act, the Regulations, the Grade Tables, the WSO, The ABCs of Seed Importation into Canada, and CSI-TECH 2.4 for Authorized Importers – Handling and Release of Seed Import Into Canada. This does not mean memorizing these documents but rather being aware of the contents of each such that the candidate can identify the document which contains the information required and retrieve the answer to a question with a minimum of searching.

Please note:

  1. the questions are not necessarily grouped together according to subject;
  2. questions are a combination of multiple choice, fill in the blank or short answers; and
  3. the evaluation is open book and answers can be found in the reference documents.

Example of a question:

For each lot imported into Canada, what information is an Authorized Importer required to provide to the CFIA?

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