“Certification raises the bar for our field, demonstrating to our employers, funders, policy makers, and the public that our work is grounded in professional excellence. It operationalizes the competency standards and ethical guidelines that were established through the S&Gs.”
Sareena Hopkins – Executive Officer, Canadian Council for Career Development.
The Certified Career Development Professional / Practitioner (CCDP) is under the jurisdiction of provincial/territorial Career Development associations/boards. Practitioners have embraced the need for professionalism in their field by registering with their respective provincial/territorial association.
The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs) are a voluntary code of conduct for our profession. The CCDP is directly linked to the S&Gs. To achieve the CCDP designation, practitioners require the Core Competencies and one or more Areas of Specialization. Practitioners can display these competencies through a combination of formal education and work experience based on their province/territory’s program.
Certification defines our scope of practice, supports quality, and ensures accountability.
The Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) is a self-initiated and self-funded umbrella group for career development associations and related partner groups from across Canada.
Many provinces have already launched certification programs for Career Development Practitioners (CDPs). Not every province/territory offers CCDP certification. However, some are well established and others are well underway. To be inclusive of established practitioners, provinces have instituted “grandparenting” provisions. The CCDP is administered provincially through the following associations/boards. Note that certification is voluntary at this time. Career Counsellors in Québec are mandated to be certified.
Through the CCCD Certification Working Group, associations continue to work closely to safeguard inclusivity and reciprocity. All provinces with existing or emerging career practitioner certification are active members. The group promotes collaboration and greater cohesion across provincial certification initiatives. The group has been instrumental in supporting the formation of new provincial professional associations and certification. Currently, the base requirement and process for attaining the Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) are not the same for each province. It is now working on national harmonization.