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14 Canadian programs for career development professionals

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.

Please note that some courses that normally are offered in person may have shifted online due to COVID-19. This article was originally published in November 2018 and last updated in February 2021.

Yukon University – Community Education and Employment Support

Community Education and Employment Support is a unique, culturally relevant program that will prepare graduates to effectively function in front-line education and employment support roles within First Nation governments and other organizations. The program consists of 10, three-credit courses. The first course is offered face-to-face, while all other courses may be accessed through a combination of online and blended delivery options to allow students to access the program from their communities. This program does not appear to be currently accepting applicants, but those interested can contact the program administrator.

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.

Life Strategies and Yorkville University – Career Management Professional Program (CMPP)

This online program is designed to meet the professional development needs of career/employment counsellors, career practitioners, human resource management professionals, counsellors, rehabilitation professionals and practitioners in related fields. For those interested in completing a full certificate, Life Strategies offers a 10-course specialization option providing 200 hours of foundational training needed to work in a wide variety of roles and settings within the career development sector.

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 may meet the requirements for the designation of Certified Career Development Practitioner. Students have the opportunity to complete a three-week practicum placement.

University of Calgary – Certificate in Career Development and Academic Advising 

This 200-hour, online certificate is intended for practitioners working with career, employment or immigration agencies, and academic/student services staff in secondary or post-secondary institutions. Students will gain theoretical foundations, communication and helping skills to facilitate, motivate and work successfully with a diverse population

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

New and aspiring advisors, or those looking for more in-depth knowledge and skills in facilitating learning and creating/administering programs for adult learners, would be better served to take this 300-hour certificate. All students must choose one of four specializations: Adult and Community Education, Career and Academic Advising, e-Learning or Workplace Learning.

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

CECC is a joint program between the Winnipeg Transition Centre (WTC) and the University of Winnipeg Professional, Applied & Continuing Education. The CECC Program comprises four two-day workshops on the topics of career planning, resume development, interview skills and job search. This program will benefit people already in the field looking to enhance their knowledge, as well as people transitioning into the employment coach field.

Conestoga College – Career Development Professional

This one-year graduate (three semester) certificate program provides training to enter and/or advance in the field of career development such as career and employment advisors, career resource specialists, job developers or career management professionals. This online program is also available part-time. Graduation from the program provides the full academic component and partial fulfillment of work experience hours for certification by the Career Development Practitioners’ Certification Board of Ontario (CDPCBO).

Fanshawe College – Career Development Practitioner

This part-time graduate program, delivered fully online, is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and values of individuals who are engaged in career development work. Students will have the opportunity in the program to designate a mentor, who will mentor them through the hands-on experience of the program.

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.

Mohawk College – Career Consultant Certificate

This program will interest individuals with experience in career development who wish to enhance their skills, and those in human service areas wishing to add these competencies to their employment profile. Those working in education, human resources, social services, career information centres, recruitment firms, employment agencies, rehabilitation and multicultural settings may find this program valuable.

Certificate in Employability and Career Development in Indigenous Context (Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue)

The certificate in employability and career development in Indigenous context will meet the professional and personal needs of participants by allowing them to develop knowledge related to employability, career development, helping relationship in a job counselling context and ethics in an Indigenous context. The first cohort for this program will start in fall 2021.

Nova Scotia
Dalhousie University – Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies in Career Development

This certificate is available to both new and experienced practitioners, and equips them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage effective employment services for a wide range of clients. Courses can be taken individually or as part of a six-course certificate, which includes: Transition Management; Theories, Models and Strategies of Career Development; Career Decision Making; Supporting Career Searches; and Workplace Diversity & Inclusion.

Career Professionals of Canada – Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Certificate Program

CPC’s fully facilitated online format is ideal for adult learners. The distance education format is a combination of videos, reading, quizzes, online discussions, reflection exercises, small projects, and final homework assignment. Courses are aligned to the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners and the Career Development Practitioners (CDP) Competency Framework.

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 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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