CECRA Basics

To earn the basic certificate, attendance at the necessary modules (module confirmation, CECRA 1 and 2, three compulsory modules) is required. The certificate “CECRA Basics” has to be applied within five years, whereas five years count on the date of the first module participation.

CECRA Certificate

To earn the certificate, attendance at the necessary modules (module confirmation or CECRA Basics) as well as compliance with the associated requirements is required. At the time of application, no individual performance (e.g. module participation) should be older than seven 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 selfstudy (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.
  • At least two years experiences in advisory work within the last seven years until application for CECRA certificate.
  • 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 like conferences on advisory work, professional excursions… ).
  • Visit of Advisory Centre/Advisory Services (at least 2.5 days, excluding travel there and back, in another country or state (e.g., IALB networking week.
  • 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.


In the thesis for the CECRA Certificate the candidate has to show his ability to reflect on her/his specific advisory process. A documentation of advisory services provided to an individual, a family, or a business community is requiredAmong 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.