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Standards and Ethics

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Career Professionals of Canada’s Standards and Ethics help members to make thoughtful decisions. Career practitioners must know, honour, and adhere to a personal and professional code of standards and ethics. By complying with this framework, practitioners protect themselves, their colleagues, and the public when working in support of clients’ career development needs.

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CPC Standards and Ethics

Members of Career Professionals of Canada will:

  1. Uphold an exemplary professional image; remain aware that our members’ words and actions are a direct reflection of Career Professionals of Canada and its values.
  2. Display professional competence; ensure that they offer high standards of knowledge, skills, and competencies that are reflective of industry standards.
  3. Provide qualified expertise; understand the boundaries of their competencies and refrain from practicing in areas in which they do not have specific training or professional experience.
  4. Represent their qualifications candidly; refrain from overstating their qualifications or giving inappropriate outcomes (guarantees) when marketing their services.
  5. Continuously improve their competencies; keep up to date with emerging trends, practices, and advances in the Canadian career field.
  6. Honour commitments to clients; deliver services and products promised while remaining sensitive to individual client needs.
  7. Respect human dignity and human rights; refrain from discriminating against anyone based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other grounds.
  8. Respect the privacy and confidentiality of clients; take all reasonable and legal measures to maintain client privacy in person-to-person interactions and through the use of technology.
  9. Treat colleagues with the utmost respect; encourage strong relations, open dialogue, and continuous development among members, colleagues, and associated organizations.
  10. Comply with all ethical and legal obligations; not knowingly violate, or cause the violation of, any legislated act, regulation, or by-law that relates to the delivery of professional services.

This Standards and Ethics framework was derived from The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs) and the CDP Competency Framework.