Certified Résumé Strategist (CRS) Credential

Certified Résumé Strategist (CRS)
Canadian Résumé Certification – Excellence in Résumé Strategy

The Certified Résumé Strategist (CRS)

The Certified Résumé Strategist (CRS) credential enhances your credibility and visibility as a career professional. It is ideal for résumé writers, employment professionals, and career coaches who provide résumé support services.

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Career Professionals of Canada

This program is open to all résumé writers, employment consultants, and career coaches who serve the Canadian labour market. If you are a résumé writer or if you provide strategic advice on résumé writing, you are a potential candidate for the Certified Résumé Strategist (CRS) credential.

We are a welcoming and inclusive community. If you are starting out in the profession and would like to earn your CRS, start with the Advanced Résumé Development Course.

Once you attain your CRS 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 CRS 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 CRS is the only Canadian standard for validating the expertise of résumé writers and other professionals providing strategic résumé advice. The CRS 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 CRS is recognized by Canadian career service providers in government, academic, not-for-profit, outplacement, and private business settings.
  • Résumé and employment services feature the CRS 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 Résumé Strategist (CRS), 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 CRS Certification.
  3. Study CRS eGuide provided by CPC.
  4. Submit five sample documents within one year of your application.
    1. Candidate Sample Résumé: Your own résumé. 
    2. Client Sample Résumé (before and after)
    3. Client Sample Cover Letter (before and after)
  5. Pass an evaluation of competencies featured within your case study.

The CRS Program is a self-study program.

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

This guide is a valuable resource. It thoroughly discusses current concepts and strategies to enable you to produce outstanding résumés. By following this guide, you will learn how and when to apply various techniques to enable your clients to succeed in their career endeavours.

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

Our Advanced Résumé Development Course (CDP-105) provides advanced strategic principles and technical practices for resumes and cover letter writing for the Canadian market. You will learn to help your clients capture attention with highly customized résumés.

If you complete CDP-105 and you have two years of relevant experience, you can then choose to Fast-Track your CRS and get certified right away.

If you have completed CPC’s Advanced Résumé Development Certificate Program (CDP-05) or if you have attained a certificate or diploma in an approved course in résumé development (45 hours minimum), you may be granted your CRS recognition through the Fast-Track Program. 

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

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

Once you have attained your Certified Résumé Strategist (CRS), 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 CRS 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 CRS Certification.

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