CANADIAN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES

The National Competency Profile for Career Development Professionals is now available for CDPs across Canada to use, and reference in their daily work.

CANADIAN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES

for Career Development Practitioners

The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners is a voluntary code of conduct for those in the field. They were developed to:

  • Define career development as a legitimate specialization

  • Provide a foundation for designing career development-practitioner training

  • Provide quality assurance to the public

  • Recognize and validate the diverse skill sets of practitioners working in the field

  • Create a common voice and vocabulary for career development

The Standards & Guidelines outline a specific set of competencies required for Career Development Practitioners based upon job practices. The three competency clusters are:

  1. Core Competencies: Professional behaviors, interpersonal competence, career development knowledge, and needs assessment and referral

  2. Areas of Specialization: Assessment, facilitated individual and group learning, career counseling, information and resource management, work development, and community capacity-building

  3. Common Skills and Knowledge: Work search strategies and group facilitation

To learn more about the Standards & Guidelines visit the link below. The full S&Gs are available (in both Word and PDF format) by clicking on the Standards & Guidelines section.

TAKING CHARGE: THE STANDARDS & GUIDELINES SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL

Identify the competencies you possess as outlined by the Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners through the use of this helpful self-assessment tool sponsored by the Competency Frameworks for Career Development / Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioners. The assessment also provides assistance in the development of a personalized action plan to develop the competencies that you are missing as well as tracking your progress over time.

To take the self-assessment click on the following link: https://careercompetence.ca/