What does CECRA mean?

The availability of competency development programmes for advisors and consultants in rural areas varies between and within countries. Those that are available often focus on knowledge rather than methodological skills development. Under the umbrella of the IALB (International Academy for Rural Advisory Services), standards were compiled over a four-year project phase (2009 – 2012) for a qualification and competence development program for consultants in rural areas, called CECRA. CECRA means Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas. CECRA combines a seminar series consisting of various methodological modules with familiarization with rural advisory work in other regions and structures, and offers cross-border networking opportunities for the Certificate holder. The competency development program can be concluded with a basic certificate “CECRA Basics” and/or after fulfilment of all requirements with “CECRA Certificate”.