How did certification evolve in BC?
Beginning in 2004, members of the BC Career Information Partnership (BCCIP) consulted with the BC Career Development Practitioner community to determine if there was interest in developing a credential for the sector. Throughout the consultations this initiative was met with interest and enthusiasm. As a result, the members of BCCIP created a draft model for certification (based on the extensive work done on a national level to develop the Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Practitioners), and in 2006 BCCIP began the process of endorsing an appropriate body to grant the credential. The Career Management Association of BC (CMA) was successful in an RFP that was tendered in 2006 and in June 2007, the CMA (now the BC Career Development Association) was endorsed as the professional association to govern the process and grant the CCDP credential.
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Who awarded the Career Management Association of BC the authority to grant the CCDP credential?
The BC Career Information Partnership (BCCIP) provided the the BC Career Development Association (formerly Career Management Association of BC) with the authorization to implement the Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) credential in BC. The exclusivity to grant this credential by the BCCDA is held by the province of BC. This means that no other individual or organization is endorsed by the sector to offer a BC based credential.
Was there a pilot phase for the certification process?
Yes, BC Career Development Association implemented a pilot project for the certification process in January and February of 2008. An application process was set up to allow for a cross section of individuals to participate in the pilot. The pilot process was completed and the BCCDA moved into the actual certification initiative on March 1, 2008.
Who else is involved in the governance of this credential?
The BC Career Development Association created a governance process that is inclusive in nature, taking into consideration the needs of multiple stakeholders, including the needs of the career development practitioner. There are multiple roles in the overall governing model, including the following: