Participants who successfully complete all course components will earn a digital certificate that verifies learning. The knowledge and competencies gained in this course will immediately apply to frontline practice and provide a solid foundation for pursuing further education or national certification.
Career Development Practice
Building a New Era
You are invited to a new training opportunity!
Whether working in a community-based setting, a post-secondary career centre, public schools, corporate career services, private practice, or direct for government, those working in frontline practice must respond to changes in the labour market and to the shifting, and often complex needs, of the people they serve. No matter the complexity of the settings and systems in which we work, good career practice is possible and, in fact, critically important to the success of individuals, families, and communities.
Throughout Spring 2023, the Career Development Professional Centre is offering training on the fundamental principles of what it means to work within career and employment services, regardless of work setting, job title, geographic region, or groups served. A reimagined career development process, better aligned with the realities of today’s labour market, will serve as an essential framework to foster a common language and understanding of the full scope of our practice.
Career Development Practice: Building a New Era is a 30-hour course with approximately 20 hours of live facilitated instruction (2 days in-person and three 3-hour online sessions on Zoom/Teams) and 10 hours of self-directed learning delivered over 4 weeks, followed by the completion of a final assessment.
This is cohort-based training, so each practitioner (learner) would need to commit to the full 30 hr course, attending and actively participating in each module, as outlined below:
|Module (Week) 1||Career Development Today||3 hours per module/week, at a specific date and time, live via Zoom/MS Teams|
|Module (Week) 2||Career Development Practice in a Changing World|
|Module (Week) 3||Reimagining the Career Development Process||2 days in-person|
|Module (Week) 4||Reflective Career Development Practice||2 hrs at a specific date and time, live via Zoom/MS Teams|
Modules 1-3 are followed by independent reflective work and an introduction to the next module.
A final assessment must be submitted 2 weeks following Module 4.
There is no opportunity to make-up any missed sessions.
The Centre team is working with provincial and territorial associations/bodies, industry councils, and stakeholders in each region to bring the training into communities across Canada. See the Centre’s Events Calendar for training dates and locations. As part of the live delivery sessions, some cohorts will be joined by a camera crew, capturing key moments, lectures, and activities that will, along with critical learner feedback, help us build a fully self-paced, independent version of this same course to be launched before the end of 2023. All learners will have the option to opt out of any filming and consent will be sought. This course will be freely available to all CDPs.
For the course pilots this spring, we cannot offer course enrollment to everyone. Therefore, the Centre and its partners have instituted an application process. We encourage those newest to the field, who may not have had access to formal training in career development, to apply. Within each cohort, we will strive for diversity across employer-type, groups being served, and years of experience.
We hope the following FAQs help answer any additional questions.
If not, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have other questions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When will I know about the status of my application?
Final class lists will be confirmed approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.
- What is the course selection process?
We welcome applications from anyone delivering career/employment services, regardless of your setting. Space is limited, so in regions where the number of applications exceed the number of spaces, the Centre’s team and provincial/regional partners will review each application, prioritizing spots for those with less than 5 years experience, those who have not yet completed any formal training in career development, and those who are not yet certified. We will also consider factors that may be unique to your region, with the goal of ensuring regional representation, a variety of work settings, and diversity of learners.
- How long is the course?
The course is 30 hours, with approximately 18 hours of live, facilitated instruction (2 days in-person and three 2-hour online sessions on Zoom/Teams) and 12 hours of self-directed learning delivered over 4 weeks.
- Is the course online or in-person?
The course is delivered in a hybrid format (i.e., mixed modality). There are 2-days (12 hours) of in-person training in a specific location, supported by three 2-hour sessions (6 hours) using Zoom or MS Teams and 12 hours of independent work (online).
- How is the course connected to certification?
This course targets key knowledge and competence from the new Career Development Professional Competency Framework. Provincial certification requirements vary, so it will be important to check directly with your certification administrator. Click here for more information on provincial certification: ccdp-pcdc.ca/en/certification. Currently, the proposed national certification process will be based on a competency recognition of prior learning (RPL) model, so this training will be excellent preparation for success.
We are also confident that successful completion of this course will help build the knowledge and competence relevant to other industry certifications. Each CDP is encouraged to do that research separately, based on other certifications of interest.
- What happens if I apply for the training but don’t get accepted?
The training being offered Spring 2023 is a pilot as we fully develop the content/curriculum to launch a freely available, fully self-paced, independent version of this same course to be launched Fall 2023.
- How is the training structured?
The course is 30 hours, with approximately 18 hours of live, facilitated instruction and 12 hours of self-directed learning delivered over 4 weeks. This is broken down as follows:
- Week (Module) 1 is 2 hrs facilitated via Zoom/MS Teams followed by independent reflective work and an introduction to the next module (completed online);
- Week (Module) 2 is 2 hrs facilitated via Zoom/MS Teams followed by independent reflective work and an introduction to the next module (completed online);
- Week (Module) 3 is 2 days in-person (approx. 6 hrs each day), followed by independent reflective work and an introduction to the next module (completed online); and
- Week (Module) 4 is 2 hrs facilitated via Zoom/MS Teams followed by completion of final assessment.
Please refer to the Sector Events Calendar for specific dates and times for training scheduled in your region.
- The courses scheduled for my region are full; what options do I have to get the training?
A freely available, fully self-paced, independent version of this same course is expected to be launched September 2023.
- Who are the course instructors?
Courses instructors will be existing sector leaders, researchers, and educators. Each cohort will have two instructors.
- What if I miss a training day due to illness or emergency? Can I make the time up?
The goal of this course is that participants attend and actively participate in every session. As such, we ask that you do not apply for the training if any of the days/times conflict with existing medical/other appointments, vacation days, etc. Of course, emergencies do happen so, in these instances, learners are asked to immediately contact their instructors to discuss opportunities to make up missed work.
- Will the Zoom/MS Teams sessions be recorded?
Will the Zoom/MS Teams sessions be recorded?
A select number of the Zoom sessions will be recorded to help us build the fully self-paced, independent version of the course.
- Will training be available in English and French?
Will training be available in English and French?
Yes. We will be offering a fully French session in Montréal, Québec and Moncton, New Brunswick.
- As an agency director, I’d like to offer this training to my full team. Is that possible?
As an agency director, I’d like to offer this training to my full team. Is that possible?
It may be possible at some point, but we have limited options for additional training during this pilot period. Please contact email@example.com to discuss this further.