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Certificate of Conformation Assessment (CCA)

Certificate of Conformation Assessment (CCA)

The AKC recently approved title recognition for the Golden Retriever Club of America’s “Certificate of Conformation Assessment” (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 “Certificate of Conformation Assessment,” which can be put on the dog’s AKC record. The CCA is open to all Golden Retrievers 18 months or older (intact or spayed/neutered) who are AKC-registered or listed with the Purebred Alternative Listing.

More information on the GRCA CCA program.

Processing of GRCA CCA titles will begin on October 1, 2018. Titleholders will need to fill out the application and submit that to our office with a copy of the GRCA certificate and processing fee. To accommodate those who had earned the CCA in prior years, titles earned as far back as January 1, 2010 will be grandfathered.


At this time the Golden Retriever Club of America is the only CCA program that is 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