The CKCA Certification Testing Program is based on the CKCA Construction and Material Standards for Kitchen Cabinet and Vanities, (2009, revised 2015). The standard was developed by a technical committee that was composed of various stakeholders within the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Industry including manufacturers, suppliers, housing authorities, environmental agencies, consultants and other industry experts. All tests are performed by an independent third-party testing agency – Exova. The standard is reviewed every five years to ensure market trends are considered, and manufacturing processes are up to date.
Today’s consumers are looking for an assurance of quality, durability and performance in the products that they purchase. The certification program offered by the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association provides that assurance, and demonstrates the highest commitment to quality in the manufacturing process.
Who Is Eligible?
Any active manufacturing member of the CKCA can send their materials to be tested. For membership information please visit www.ckca.ca/membership
Once membership is established (membership must be renewed annually to maintain certification), you can apply to enroll in the certification program.
Benefits of Certification
Your business benefits from the CKCA Certification Program. By demonstrating a commitment to quality manufacturing made in Canada you will be able to differentiate your product against lesser quality imports and be associated with a credible program at the same time. Consumers will benefit from this assurance by understanding the commitment to the manufacturing process by your company.
Once certified, you can use the CKCA “Quality Assured” seal on your cabinets and in your showroom, and you will receive a certificate of compliance that can be displayed in your showroom.
All certified companies will have a featured listing on the CKCA website and in the CKCA directory of certified manufacturers. This directory will be distributed to home builder associations, consumer organizations, design associations and government agencies (as applicable).
Availability of marketing collateral to assist your business to sell your certified products, Technical advice and support from the CKCA to assist you with compliance, or in the case of failure return your cabinet to compliance.
Use of the CKCA Certification seal provides credibility in the marketplace!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who does the testing?
All testing is performed by Exova (www.exova.com), an independent third party testing agency.
Our materials testing capabilities include materials selection, materials performance and failure analysis, using both destructive and non-destructive testing. Covering metals, composites, polymers and construction materials, Exova gives you the answers you need on properties, performance, strength, durability and corrosion.
What happens if I don’t pass the tests?
The goal of the certification process is to aid you in reaching compliance. If the initial tests or a part thereof fail; the testing agency will work with you to reach compliance by offering advice and support to ensure you have the information required to perform any corrective action required. The final decision with respect to a pass or fail rating is at the discretion of the CKCA technical committee.
What are the costs?
The costs are determined by the testing agency and a small administration fee is applied by CKCA to cover off administration costs. Once you apply for the program and are approved, you will be provided with the forms and instructions for submission of samples. Details and forms will be accessible it the members only section of our website using your secure login information.
How long does the process take?
From the start of the application process to the submission of samples the entire process should take 2-3 weeks assuming that there are no issues with samples, or compliance.
What if I have more than one line of products?
If you have more than one line of products you can test more than one line – note that the certification seal can only be applied to the specific product line that has been tested. If the construction methods are the exact same for more than one product line additional cabinets may be sent for testing at the same time – however depending on the number of samples sent for testing additional fees will be applied.