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career development education programs in Canada
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9 programs for career development professionals across Canada

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Want to become a career development practitioner? Already working in the field, and want to upgrade your skills? Programs exist at post-secondary institutions across the country.

British Columbia
Douglas College: Career Development Practice Certificate Program

This part-time program is offered in two formats: the Online Program, with courses fully online, and the Hybrid Program, which involves a mix of classroom work and online coursework. Program admission is available throughout the year, and you may start the program at any time, with any course. The Ethics and Theories courses in the CDP program meet the minimum education requirements for certification as a Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) by the BC Career Development Association.

Simon Fraser University – Career Development Practitioner Certificate: Employment Services

This 14-week intensive program includes 10 focused courses and workshops on a variety of essential career topics. It is a full-time program, with classes held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. The program’s Career Development Theories and Code of Ethics course meets the minimum requirements to become a Certified Career Development Practitioner.

Simon Fraser University – Career Development Practitioner Certificate: Career Management

This career development program is designed to fit a working professional’s schedule. Classes meet one evening and one full Saturday per week. There are 11 required courses (including two workshops and three career management courses). Classes take place over eight months and training workshops must be completed within the following 16 months.

Alberta
University of Calgary – Certificate in Adult Learning Specializing in Career and Academic Advising

The specialization in Career and Academic Advising is intended for individuals working in career development with career, employment or immigration agencies, as well as advisors in academic secondary or post-secondary institutions. All students must choose one of four specializations for this 300-hour program: adult and community education, career and academic advising, e-learning or workplace learning. This program is only available online.

Manitoba
Winnipeg Transition Centre – Career/Employment Coach Certificate (CECC)

The CECC is offered in partnership with the University of Winnipeg Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) Program and Humber College in Toronto. The CECC Program comprises four two-day highly interactive modules that include career planning, resume development, interview skills and job search coach workshops. Attendance in all four sessions and successful completion of final assignments for each module qualifies participants to receive the final CECC from the University of Winnipeg or Humber College.

Ontario
Conestoga College – Career Development Professional

This graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who are or would like to work in roles such as career counsellors, employment counsellors, career resource specialists, job developers or career management professionals. This online program is also available part-time. Skills and knowledge taught in the program include: ethics, theory, career counselling techniques and assessments.

George Brown College – Supported Employment Specialist Certificate

This program is intended for social service professionals whose case-management responsibilities include the support and preparation of clients who are experiencing barriers to entering the workplace. Learn supported employment theory and practices, job development skills, networking strategies with potential employers, and client placement and follow-up. Courses are taken on campus.

George Brown College – Career Development Practitioner Program

Graduation from this one-year program provides the full academic component and partial fulfillment of work-experience hours for certification by the Career Development Practitioners’ Certification Board of Ontario. The program includes a practicum component in the third semester. Courses may be taken in class, online or in a blended format.

Nova Scotia
Dalhousie University – Introduction to Employment Services certificate program

This program offers both new and experienced career service providers four online courses that are designed to expand knowledge of, and appreciation for, the foundations of career development services in Canada. Each course runs two to three months.

Dalhousie University – Career Development Services program

This program is designed for graduates of Dalhousie’s Introduction to Employment Services program. Completion of four online courses, including Assessing Client Employability Needs and Understanding Diversity for Career Development Practitioners, is required to achieve the CDS Level II certificate.

Did we miss something? Leave a comment below or send us a note at careerwise@ceric.ca if you have information that can help make our article even better.

Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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