Certified Career Strategist (CCS) Credential

Certified Career Strategist (CCS)
Canadian Career Certification – Excellence in Career Strategy

The Certified Career Strategist (CCS)

The Certified Career Strategist (CCS) credential enhances your credibility and visibility as a career development professional. It is ideal for career development practitioners, career development professionals, and other career service providers.

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This program is open to all career development practitioners, employment consultants, and career professionals who serve the Canadian labour market. If you provide clients with strategic career development advice, you are a potential candidate for the Certified Career Strategist (CCS) credential.

Once you attain your CCS you can add the credential next to your name. You can include the CCS logo on your résumé, business card, website, and anywhere you want to gain additional visibility as an expert and specialist in the field.

You can use your CCS to:

  • Advertise your expertise and market your services.
  • Show additional value to employers and clients.
  • Feature your credentials on your own résumé.

Watch our CPC Certification Information Session video to learn more about attaining your designations.

The CCS is a Canadian standard for validating the expertise of career development professionals. The CCS certification was designed by Career Professionals of Canada and validated by an independent group of industry leaders in academia and providers of career services. The CCS supports provincial CCDP certification programs (Certified Career Development Practitioner / Certified Career Development Professional) and upholds the principles provided in the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners.

  • The CCS is recognized by Canadian career service providers in government, academic, not-for-profit, outplacement, and private business.
  • Career services feature the CCS logo on their website and marketing material to give clients confidence that they are working with a credentialed practitioner.
  • Canadian funding organizations recognize and support the CCS for their approved service providers.

In order to apply for and attain your Certified Career Strategist (CCS), you must be a registered professional member of Career Professionals of Canada. If you are not already a member, you can join membership and register for your certification at the same time.

  1. Register for Professional Membership with CPC.
  2. Apply for your CCS Certification.
  3. Study CCS eGuide provided by CPC.
  4. Submit a fictionalized case study within one year of your application.
  5. Pass an evaluation of competencies featured within your case study.

The CCS Program is a self-study program.

To prepare for your certification, you will be given a comprehensive Certification Study Guide (The Canadian Career Strategist e-book).

This guide is a valuable resource. It thoroughly discusses current concepts and strategies to empower you to work effectively with your clients. By following this guide, you will learn how and when to apply various techniques to enable your clients to succeed in their employment careers.

The knowledge you will acquire by studying this guide will be an asset throughout your career.

The Career Development Foundations Course (CDP101) is designed to help you attain your CCDP Certification*  Our Career Development Ethics & Standards Course (CDP-101e) will help you make good ethical decisions and identify proactive strategies to avoid ethical problems. Career Development Theory, Models & Practices Course (CDP-101t) will help you learn to analyze and apply existing and emerging theories and models in your day-to-day work. If you complete CDP-101 and you have two years of relevant experience, you can then choose to Fast-Track your CCS and get certified right away.

Ethics and Theory are mandatory courses for the provincial Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) certification. If you are working towards your CCDP, then take these courses.

If you have completed CPC’s Career Development Courses (Ethics - CDP-01 and Theory - CDP-02) or if you have attained your CDP or CCDP, you may be granted your CCS recognition through the Fast-Track Program. 

 Learn how you can be granted the CCS without going through the more formal evaluation process.

The Master Certified Career Strategist (MCCS) credential is the exclusive standard reserved only for the top strategists in our industry.

Once you have attained your Certified Career Strategist (CCS), you can work towards your Master Level (M-Level).

In order to apply for and attain your certification, you must be a registered professional member of Career Professionals of Canada. 

To start the CCS process, all you need to do is:

If you are joining CPC as a new member, you can apply for membership and register for your certification at the same time through the CPC Application Form. If you are already a member, just email us to apply for your CCS Certification.

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