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Certificate of Conformation Assessment (CCA)

Certificate of Conformation Assessment (CCA)

The AKC has approved title recognition for the “Certificate of Conformation Assessment” title (CCA) for the Golden Retriever Club of America and the West Highland White Terrier Club of America (known as the “Quality Westie”/QW, but applied to the AKC record as “CCA”). The purpose of the CCA is to provide education to owners on proper breed conformation. It is a non-competitive, one-on-one evaluation where dogs are assessed against the standard, not against each other.

The CCA provides the owner with a chance to demonstrate their dog’s qualities in a relaxed environment (dogs are expected to be casually groomed and handled). The owners receive both verbal and written feedback from the evaluator, and evaluations are confidential. The dog receives a numerical score based on the breed standard, and those that score above a 75 are granted the title, which can be put on the dog’s AKC record.

CCA or QW Titleholders will need to fill out the application and submit that to our office with a copy of the GRCA  or WHWTCA certificate and processing fee. To accommodate those who had earned the title in prior years, titles earned as far back as January 1, 2010 will be grandfathered.

More information on the GRCA CCA program. More information on the WHWTCA Quality Westie program.

At this time the Golden Retriever Club of America and the West Highland White Terrier Club of America are the only CCA programs that are recognized by the AKC.

Other parent clubs that are interested in creating their own CCA program to be recognized by the AKC can get more information here – Creating a Parent Club Certificate of Conformation Assessment (CCA) Program (PDF).

If your club is interested in a CCA for your breed but have concerns about administering the program yourself, please contact Stephanie Kennerley, Sport Development Manager at