Certified Career Strategist (CCS) Credential

CCS credential - Certified Career Strategist
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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Am I a candidate for the CCS Credential?
Who recognizes the CCS Credential?
How can I use my CCS?
How do I gain my CCS credential?
How do I prepare for my CCS Credential?
How do I start the process?

Am I a candidate for the CCS Credential?

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.

Are you currently a CDP/CCDP? Career Professionals of Canada offers fast-track credential recognition for Career Development Practitioners.

Who recognizes the CCS Credential?

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.
  • The CCS gives clients confidence that they are working with a credentialed practitioner.
  • Canadian funding organizations recognize and support the CCS for their approved service providers.

How can I use my CCS?

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

  • Career development practitioners, career coaches, and career consultants use this credential to advertise and market their services.
  • Employment consultants and other career development professionals attain the CCS to show additional value to employers and clients.
  • Career development professionals in transition attain the CCS to build their expertise and feature their credentials on their own resume.

How do I gain my CCS credential?

In order to apply for and attain your certification, you must be a registered PROFESSIONAL MEMBER of CPC. If you are not already a Professional Member, you can join membership and register for your certification at the same time.

  • Register for Professional Membership with Career Professionals of Canada.
  • Apply for your Certified Career Strategist (CCS) Certification.
  • Submit a client case study along with a release email from your client within one year of application.
  • Pass the Testing Process, which is an evaluation of competencies featured within your case study.

How do I prepare for my CCS Credential?

The CCS Program is a self-study program. To prepare for your certification, you will be given a comprehensive 140+ page Certification Study Guide (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 Canadian Career StrategistTABLE OF CONTENTS

Letter of Introduction
The Importance of Ethics
Recommended Reading Resources
The CPC Certification Process

Part 1 – Career Foundation
Chapter 1 – The Career Strategist
Chapter 2 – Canadian Standards & Guidelines
Chapter 3 – Ethics & Integrity
Chapter 4 – Labour Market Information

Part 2- Career Development
Chapter 5 – Career Development Model
Chapter 6 – Career Theories
Chapter 7 – Careerpreneurial Mindset

Part 3 – Career Planning
Chapter 8 – Stress & Emotional Intelligence
Chapter 9 – Self Discovery & Inner Reflection
Chapter 10 – Career Assessments

Part 4 – Career Management
Chapter 11 – Personal Career Branding
Chapter 12 – Social Networking
Chapter 13 – Career Transition

Part 5 – Certification
Chapter 14 – CCS Testing Process
Chapter 15 – MCCS Testing Process

How do I start the process?

To start the CCS all you need to do is:

  • Register for CPC Membership
  • Apply for your CCS Certification



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