Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS) Credential


The Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS)

NEW IN 2021!

Our world of work has changed a lot. We are living, learning, and working through a unique and difficult time that has never been encountered before. It is time to help our clients create sustainable and resilient careers in the new world of work.

The Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS) credential enhances your credibility and visibility as a work-life coach. It is ideal for life skills coaches, wellness consultants, employment consultants, career coaches, organizational development professionals, and other career development professionals.

Earn YOUR Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS) Credential NOW!

Career Professionals of Canada

This certification is designed to help you support your clients in a rapidly evolving world of work. If you provide clients with advice related to wellness, life-skills, and career management, you are a potential candidate for the Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS) credential. 

As a work-life strategist, you need to be able to help your clients manage these areas:

  • Living: Skills related to self-care and well-being are needed more than ever. Many clients will benefit from learning about foundational concepts including work-life balance, hope, resilience, and satisfaction.
  • Learning: Our clients are looking for support and guidance in how to build certain essential and technical skills so that they can function in our new world of work.
  • Working: Clients need specific skills to enable them to navigate, maintain, and develop their career, whether they are employed or self-employed.

We are a welcoming and inclusive community. If you are starting out in the profession and would like to earn your CWS, start with the Work-Life Coaching Course.

Once you attain your CWS, you can add the credential next to your name. You can include the CWS 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 CWS 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 CWS is the only Canadian standard for validating the expertise of career professionals providing wellness, life-skills, and career management advice. The CWS 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 CWS is recognized by Canadian career service providers in government, academic, not-for-profit, outplacement, and private business.
  • Employment services feature the CWS 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 Work-Life Strategist (CWS), 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 CWS Certification.
  3. Study CWS 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 CWS Program is a self-study program.

To prepare for your certification, you will be given a comprehensive Certification Study Guide (The Canadian Work-Life 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 maximize success in their lives and their work.

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

Our 3-week online Work-Life Coaching Certificate Course (CDP-102) will help you learn to strategically support your clients through the full career development lifespan — living, learning, and working. You will update your competency in providing clients with personal wellbeing, functional literacy, and career management support.

If you complete CDP-102 and you have two years of relevant experience, you can choose to Fast-Track your CWS and get certified right away.

If you have completed CPC’s Work-Life Coaching Certificate Course (CDP-102), or if you have attained a certificate or diploma in an approved course (45 hours minimum), you may be granted your CWS recognition through the Fast-Track Program. 

Learn how you can be conferred the CWS credential without going through the formal evaluation process.

The Master Certified Work-Life Strategist (MCWS) credential is the exclusive standard reserved only for the top strategists in our industry.

Once you have attained your Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS), 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 CWS 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 CWS Certification.

Earn YOUR Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS) Credential NOW!