The Benefits of Certification

Certified Career Professional


The Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD) has identified the following benefits of certification:

Benefits for Individual CDPs

  • Certification confirms your mastery of critical professional competencies and recognizes your professional development and growth.
  • Certification demonstrates to your clients, competitors, suppliers, peers, employers and funders that you use industry-respected best practices.
  • Certification can improve your overall performance, remove uncertainty, and widen market opportunities.
  • The process of achieving and maintaining certification demonstrates that you are continually improving and refining your practice.
  • Certification could enhance your career/promotion opportunities and/or your income.
  • Certification can increase your recognition by peers, employers and recruiters/funders.  It can set you apart from the competition to gain a competitive edge professionally.
  • Certification establishes you as an expert and innovator in your field.

 Benefits for our Field

  • Certification raises the bar for our field, demonstrating to our employers/funders, policy makers and the public that our work is grounded in professional excellence.
  • Certification operationalizes the competency standards and ethical guidelines that were established through the S & Gs, defines our scope of practice, and supports quality service delivery.

Benefits for Employers of CDPs/Funders

  • Certification can differentiate between hiring candidates. Beyond considering an individual’s experience, you can assess their knowledge and interest in professional growth and development.
  • Certification helps you to identify those who have the desire to excel professionally.
  • Certification is a tool to help you in targeting your staff training and professional development.
  • Certification helps you to demonstrate to funders and other stakeholders that your business is run professionally.
  • The application and renewal process in certification will improve staff responsibility, commitment and motivation.
  • Top-performing companies understand that properly training employees leads to direct, measurable bottom-line benefits.

For the Public

  • Certification affords the public the opportunity to make an informed selection of services based on the knowledge and training demonstrated by Certified CDPs.
  • Certified CDPs set a standard for excellence in the field.
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