Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners
The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S & Gs) define the competencies Career Development Practitioners need in order to practice effectively and ethically. They are used extensively in Canada in shaping professional training and development programs, certification and scope of practice.
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.
Actively supporting the adoption and implementation of the new Standards by career development professionals (CDPs), their employers, training providers and professional associations; and
Working with all provincial associations to explore possibilities for stronger cohesion and professional mobility through a pan-Canadian approach to certification.
The project began in September 2019 and will end in September, 2021. It will build on the strong foundations established through the original S&Gs and the ongoing dedication of two 3CD working groups: the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs) Working Group and the Certification Working Group. It will also build on the enormous efforts and investments of provincial associations in building professional identity, promoting professional development and advancing certification. Consistent with the rollout of the original S&Gs project, the CCDF and the 3CD will endeavor to conduct all phases of this Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Workproject with the principles and values of collaboration, inclusivity, and transparency uppermost in mind. To include the full range of professionals doing career development work across diverse settings in Canada, we need your help! Please complete the survey to indicate how you may wish to become involved in the project, and have your voice heard! Take the survey now
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.