Raising the Profile of Career Development in Ontario

This article is an excerpt from the Career Professionals of Canada announcement of Ontario’s CDP certification launch…  

The pan-Canadian movement to certify Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) is well under way. The Career Development Practitioners’ Certification Board of Ontario (CDPCBO) is pleased to announce the successful launch of the Ontario certification model on April 1, 2015. Ontario is the fifth province to implement a certification model for practitioners, based on the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs).

In a recent survey of 1500 Canadians, The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) and The Counselling Foundation of Canada found that half of those who have not had professional help with their career development say they would have sought it if they could do it over again. With increased public awareness of the need for professional help in making key life decisions, certification of the profession could not come at a more opportune time.

The Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD), of which CDPCBO is a member, states:

“Certification provides a mechanism to validate and recognize the competence of practitioners working in the field and to legitimize the complex and evolving field of practice. Through the standardization of competencies, certification delivers quality assurance for employers, funders, and the public. The certification process takes into account both formal and informal learning and experience to unify practitioners with a common voice and vocabulary for career development.”

For further information on the Ontario Certification process,  please visit the Career Professionals of Canada