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2.2 – Follow Ethical Decision-Making Process

Purpose & Context

Career Development Professionals (CDPs) adhere to a professional Code of Ethics. CDPs use ethical decision-making to determine the course of action required to address professional challenges or dilemmas.The Code of Ethics sets requirements on key areas of practice, such as informed consent, respecting client rights to privacy, relationships with clients, organizations, and other professionals.

Effective Performance

Competent career development professionals must be able to:

  • P1. Recognize situations that present ethical challenges or dilemmas, e.g. possible violation of Code of Ethics,professional standards, or organizational policy
  • P2. Review relevant information, e.g. organizational policies and procedures, Code of Ethics, standards of practice,professional literature
  • P3. Identify relevant ethical behaviour, e.g. boundaries of relationship, confidentiality of client data, scope of
  • P4. Evaluate the information:
    • Identify possible alternative courses of action
    • Determine impact, e.g. short, medium, long term
    • Identify likely consequences
  • P5. Seek advice from others, e.g. experienced practitioners, supervisor, national professional association, legal
  • P6. Decide on course of action
  • P7. Communicate decision to affected persons
  • P7. Evaluate outcome

Knowledge & Understanding

Competent career development professionals must know and understand:

  • K1. Code of Ethics
  • K2. Examples of breach of ethics, for example:
    • Lying or intentionally misleading others
    • Violating laws or regulations
    • Failing to ensure privacy and confidentiality of information
    • Proceeding with insufficient expertise or lack of qualifications
    • Conflict of interest

Contextual Variables

Competent career development professionals must be able to perform this competency in the following range of contexts:

Stakeholder needs and preferences will vary; ethical issues often involve a wide range of stakeholders, such as the community or environment, and additional needs and preferences, such as dignity, rights and fairness. In addition, there may be multiple and/or conflicting ethical issues stemming from a single situation, adding complexity to this task..

Glossary & Key References


Industry-specific terms contained in the standard defined here, where applicable.

Safeguards: measures or actions taken to prevent reoccurrence of an issue, to protect someone or something or to prevent something undesirable.

Information Sources and Resources for Consideration


Context Rating Scales


Q: What is the consequence of a professional being unable to perform this skill according to the standard?

High probability of risk: VERY CRITICAL


Q: How frequent and under what conditions is this skill performed?

Unexpectedly, e.g. when emergency arises

Level of Difficulty

Q: Under routine circumstances, how would you rate the level of difficulty in performing this skill?

Moderate difficulty or complexity

Time Required to Gain Proficiency

Q: What is the average length of time or number of repeated events that are minimally necessary for an individual to become proficient in performing the skill to the standard?

To ensure clients can make informed decisions, a career development professional should perform this competency proficiently immediately upon entering practice.


Practitioners typically perform this competency with and without supervision, and alone and as part of a team.


It is unlikely that this competency will automate.

Requisite Work Aids, Tools, Equipment or Materials


Career Development Professional Centre

Help us cultivate a community we all enjoy by reviewing and following the Code of Conduct.  

Our Purpose  

Thank you for being a part of the online CDPC social learning community. To ensure that all members have the best possible experience, we have a few ground rules that we ask everyone to adhere to. This code of conduct applies equally to every person in the community and is intended to foster an online space that is inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all. 

Community Rules 

Be welcoming 

We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. We aim to create and facilitate a community that promotes excellence and innovation in career and workforce development. Please extend respect to all members; we all come from different backgrounds and levels of knowledge and there is no such thing as a stupid question. 

Be respectful 

We won’t all agree all the time, but when we disagree don’t let those disagreements turn into personal attacks. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened will not be a productive one. Instead, when having discussions in the online community, create productive conversations around the content being presented, not the person behind the content. Any post that is determined to be “hate speech” towards any individual or group will be deleted, and the user account may be locked until an investigation regarding the post has been concluded. The user may be given a written warning or removed from the CPDC community platform depending on the findings of the investigation.  

Hate Speech could include and is not limited to:  

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person 
  • Discriminatory jokes, language, or materials 
  • Defamatory or abusive language or materials 
  • Profane or illegal materials 
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior 

A good rule of thumb is to never post anything that you wouldn’t be comfortable with the world seeing or that you wouldn’t want anyone knowing came from you. We ask that you keep in mind the focus of this community, which is building excellence and innovation in career and workforce development for all individuals.  

Be considerate of the purpose of the community 

This community will be focused on building excellence and discussing innovation in the career and workforce development field. The goal of this community is to communicate goals, challenges, constructive feedback, and questions in relation to career and workforce development. The community should be a place for continued learning and development as well as a place to discuss the future of our field (solicitation without written consent by the Project or Advisory team, is strictly prohibited). Any post that is determined to be soliciting any individual or group will be deleted, and the user account may be locked until an investigation regarding the post has been concluded. The user may be given a written warning or removed from the CPDC community platform depending on the findings of the investigation. 

Post your discussions or documents in the most appropriate group or topic 

Make reasonable efforts to ensure that posts and materials are allocated to the appropriate group or topic. This will prevent cluttering the community and make it easier for everyone to find the information that they are seeking. Individuals who do this repeatedly will be contacted by one of the group admins and asked to follow these guidelines.  

Privacy and Release of Information  

CDPC-CEDC will not release your information to any third-party agencies.  

Group Admins 

There are four group admins who are available to you. Below are their names and their spoken language. 

Heather Powell | Anglophone 

Gabrielle St-Cyr | Francophone/Anglophone 

Florence Desrochers | Francophone/Anglophone

Muriel Andoblé-Yao | Francophone

Thank you and welcome to the CDPC Community!