Competency Framework

for Career Development Professionals

The Pan-Canadian Competency Framework for Career Development Professionals details the skills, knowledge, and actions demonstrated by effective career development professionals, career influencers, career educators, and thought leaders.

The Competency Framework can be used by:

The Competency Framework is organized into 4 main categories of competencies:

1) Professional Practice competencies are foundational to CDP practice and are competencies we share with other human service professionals.

2) CDP Characteristic competencies are distinct to CDPs and apply to all practicing CDPs.

3) CDP Extended competencies are specialized competencies that may be needed by some CDPs, depending on their role and setting.

4) Leadership & Outreach competencies support leadership and growth in our profession.

Summary of Competencies

Professional Practice

Competencies enabling effective practice.

Foundational to Career Development Professionals (CDPs), these competencies are also indicative of related fields of practice.
1 - Professional Responsibility

Adhere to professional code of conduct

Promote a diverse and inclusive workforce and equitable access to resources and opportunities

Develop and sustain an evidence-based practice to improve outcomes

Commit to lifelong learning by developing new skills aligned with development in the field of practice and society

Leverage current and emerging technologies to support career development practice

CDP Characteristic

Competencies distinguishing the field of career development practice.

These competencies are generally distinct to CDPs and embody the main activities that apply to most CDPs.

10 - Foundational Knowledge and Applied Theories

CDP Extended

Competencies required to deliver specialized services provided by CDPs.

Generally, these competencies apply to experienced CDPs with responsibilities that extend beyond the characteristic competencies.

Outreach and Leadership

Competencies reflecting the strategic role of career development professionals.

The focus of these competencies is related to improved social and economic outcomes for clients and communities.

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. 

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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!