Certified Employment Strategist (CES) Credential

Certified Employment Strategist (CES)
Canadian Employment Certification – Excellence in Employment Strategy

The Certified Employment Strategist (CES)

The Certified Employment Strategist (CES) credential enhances your credibility and visibility as a career transition professional providing employment or job search services. It is ideal for employment consultants, outplacement providers, and other career transition professionals.

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This program is open to all employment consultants, job search coaches, career coaches, and other career transition practitioners who serve the Canadian labour market. If you provide clients with strategic employment, job search, or career transition advice, you are a potential candidate for the Certified Employment Strategist (CES) credential.

Once you attain your CES you can add the credential next to your name. You can include the CRS 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 CES 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 CES is the only Canadian standard for validating the expertise of employment consultants and other career professionals providing employment, job search, and career transition advice. The CES 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 CES is recognized by Canadian career service providers in government, academic, not-for-profit, outplacement, and private business.
  • Employment services feature the CES logo on their website and marketing material to give clients confidence that they are working with a credentialed practitioner.

In order to apply for and attain your Certified Employment Strategist (CES), 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 CES Certification.
  3. Study CES 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 CES Program is a self-study program.

To prepare for your certification, you will be given a comprehensive Certification Study Guide (The Canadian Employment 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.

Our 3-week online Career Transition Consulting Course (CDP-104) will help you learn to strategically support your clients through the execution of their work search. You will update your competency in the labour market, legislation, career branding, and social networking.

If you complete CDP-04 and you have two years of relevant experience, you can then choose to Fast-Track your CES and get certified right away.

If you have completed CPC’s Career Transition Counselling and Consulting Program (CDP-04) or if you have attained a certificate or diploma in an approved course (45 hours minimum), you may be granted your CES recognition through the Fast-Track Program. In order to be eligible for this program, you must have two years of relevant experience. 

Learn how you can be conferred the CES without going through the more formal evaluation process.

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

Once you have attained your Certified Employment Strategist (CES), 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 CES 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 CES Certification.

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