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 skills development. Under the umbrella of the International Academy of Rural Advisors (IALB), standards were compiled over a four-year project phase (2009 – 2012) for a qualification and competence development program for consultants in rural areas, concluding with the CECRA (= Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas) Certificate.
CECRA combines a seminar series consisting of various modules with familiarization with rural advisory work in other regions and structures, and offers cross-border networking opportunities for the Certificate holder. The program is directed at all actors in rural areas. In non-German speaking parts of Europe EUFRAS (European Forum for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services) offers the CECRA competence development program.