The purposes of developing national standards and guidelines for career development practitioners are 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 main goal of the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development initiative is to spell out the competencies that service providers need in order to deliver comprehensive career services to clients across the lifespan.
Taken as a whole, the Standards and Guidelines map out the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that practitioners need in order to deliver quality career development services to clients. It is hoped that associations will use them, in conjunction with their own professional codes, to describe more clearly the career development aspect of the work they do.
The Standards and Guidelines have been organized into components as follows:
The Core (contains all core competencies, that all career practitioners should possess)
Areas of Specialization(the unique competencies for each area of specialization and the Shared Specialization Competencies (SSC) pertaining to that area)
Career Competence Tool Career Competence is a free self-assessment and professional development planning tool developed by Career Professionals of Canada (CPC). Through this interactive form, you will assess your competencies against The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs). Please feel free to use and share this resource widely.