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Requirements for the CECRA Certificate

To earn the certificate, attendance at the necessary modules well as compliance with the associated requirements is required.
As an alternative to attending a module, events attended by 31/12/2013 which meet IALB standards can be counted subject to confirmation of equivalence being provided. Special forms for this purpose are made available to the applicant by the Regional Certification Body as necessary.
In addition to the associated self-study during the advisory activity, there is also the issue of the candidates’ capacity for reflection, which must be proven in the thesis in particular. All individual components earned towards the certificate generally have a validity period of 5 years.

Overview of the Modules

Owing to their importance for the advisory process, two of a total of 15 modules are deemed essential, making their attendance compulsory. A further three elective modules from the overall program are to be selected and completed. Each module consists of at least 12 hours of physical presence (approx. 2 days) as well as additional self-study (literature review, own in-depth studies) and the application of the relevant topic in day-to-day advisory work with a minimum time investment of 18 hours.

Associated Requirements

To earn the CECRA Certificate, the following associated requirements must be met and proof of their fulfilment provided:
•    Preparatory training: completed degree course or completed vocational training
•    Submission of the required module-completion confirmations (two compulsory and at least three elective modules), or proof of confirmations of equivalence (events up to 31/12/2013)
•    Attendance at an event (at least one day excluding travel there and back, in another country or another federal state), which serves the professional training (accepted are attendance of modules, events… )
•    Visit of Advisory Centre/Advisory Services (at least 2.5 days, excluding travel there and back, in another country or another German federal state)
•    Submission of thesis (documentation and self-reflection based on a practical example)

Visit of Advisory Body

Before the planned visit to a body, contact is to be made with the Regional Certification Body, and both the body to be visited and the schedule of events are to be coordinated. Advisory institutions where attending CECRA candidates come into contact with advisory clients are particularly suitable. For purposes of preparation, guidelines are available for the visited body/ advisory organization as well as for the researching of the body by the CECRA candidate. The form for confirmation of the research visit to the body can be used as proof of the research visit when submitting the application for certification.

Thesis

The thesis for the CECRA Certificate requires documentation of advisory services provided to an individual, a family, or a business community. Among other things, the justification for the choice of practical example, the content of the advisory process, interventions and their effects, the conclusions for the own development as an rural advisor, and to this end, the reflection on one’s own role and relation to client with strengths and weaknesses are evaluated.