CPC’s Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Courses

Career Professionals of Canada’s Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Courses are aligned to the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs) and the CDP Competency Framework. 

The CDP-01 and CDP-02 Courses will help you meet the mandatory minimum requirements for Ethics and Theory so that you can pursue your provincial Certified Career Development Practitioner / Professional (CCDP) certification.

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CPC’s Career Development Practitioner (CDP) courses are ideal if you want to update your competencies, working towards your provincial/territorial Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) designation, and want prepare to apply for your Career Professionals of Canada (CPC) Certifications. 

CPC’s courses are fully facilitated and you receive a very rich interactive learning experience. Our online courses are designed to give you personalized professional development. You can access the course during the daytime, evening, or weekend as you prefer. You complete the modules on your schedule from the convenience of your home or office. Just select, register, and pay for courses as you are ready to take them. Check CPC's Event Schedule for course dates and times. You can find the full course list, schedule, and fees at https://careerprocourse.ca/.

All career practitioners are welcome to register for professional development courses. Members of the following Supporting Organizations receive a 30% discount on all professional development courses and webinars. Contact your association for the discount code:


Across Canada, the Career Development field is evolving and processes are becoming formalized. Career practitioners across the nation have adopted the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs). A new Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Competency Framework is also being created.

According to Sareena Hopkins of the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD), “Certification raises the bar for our field, demonstrating to our employers, funders, policy makers, and the public that our work is grounded in professional excellence. It operationalizes the competency standards and ethical guidelines that were established through the S&Gs.”

Many provinces have already launched certification programs for Career Development Practitioners (CDPs). Not every province/territory offers CCDP certification. However, some are well established and others are well underway. Currently, certification is mandatory for Career Counsellors in Québec.  Voluntary certification for career development practitioners is in place in AlbertaBritish ColumbiaNew Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. To be inclusive of established practitioners, provinces have instituted “grandparenting” provisions.

The CCDP is administered provincially through the following associations/boards:

The Certified Career Development Professional / Practitioner (CCDP) is under the jurisdiction of provincial/territorial Career Development associations/boards.  Practitioners have embraced the need for professionalism in their field by registering with their respective provincial/territorial association and other associations such as Career Professionals of Canada.

The CCDP certifications  in all provinces are currently linked to the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs). Practitioners require the Core Competencies and one or more Areas of Specialization outlined in the S&Gs. Practitioners can display these competencies through a combination of formal education and work experience.

Each province administers its model slightly differently. However, in all cases, you must complete courses in ethics and professional conduct and career development theories at an approved institution such as Career Professionals of Canada:

Career Professionals of Canada’s certifications are not to be confused with provincial certifications. CPC certifications are a validation of a practitioner’s competency in one of four specific areas: strategic resume writing, employment interview strategy, career transition and employment strategy, and career development strategy.

CPC certification is a validation and credentialing program based on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).  CPC certifications are designed to help practitioners demonstrate and obtain recognition for learning that they acquired through work and life experience. Those practitioners who have not yet achieved the minimum experience or education required for their CCDP may qualify for a CPC credential. Candidates may complete an application to be credentialed in one or more of four specific areas:

The Certified Career Strategist (CCS) designation comprises the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs) and covers Career Development Ethics & Standards along with Career Development Theory, Models & Practices. It most closely aligns with the CCDP. Therefore, Certified Career Development Practitioners (CCDP) are automatically eligible to be granted the Certified Career Strategist (CCS) designation immediately upon application through CPC’s Fast-Track Recognition Program.

CPC’s Certifications are professional credentials where we designate the following titles to qualified practitioners who support the Canadian Labour Market:

Many of our professional members take the certification programs to develop their skills and add to their credentials. Our certification program is not training. It validates your expertise and competency in one or more of the four areas. If you want to be able to use the letters after your name and  the logo on you website or resume, then certification is what you are looking for.

Certification application programs are self-study. Each certification application fee is $295 plus tax. This is a one-time application fee and there is no renewal required. Once you have registered, you will have access to the study material. You have a full year to complete the process by submitting your work product.


CPC courses are built on the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs). Career professionals in government, not-for-profit, educational, and private practice have successfully completed our courses. Many practitioners working in universities and colleges take our courses so that they can upgrade their own skills and develop appropriate programs to deliver within their institutions.

Our online courses are designed to give you personalized professional development. They are fully facilitated and you receive a very rich interactive learning experience. Each week you complete five modules working along with other students. You complete the modules on your schedule. You can access the course during the daytime, evening, or weekend as you prefer. You can expect to spend about ten hours each week.

Our part-time Career Development Practitioner (CDP) program includes five courses that can be completed in any order. If you wish to attain your Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) certification, then you must take CDP-01 and CDP-02. These courses are recognized by the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) and provincial associations. They will help you meet the mandatory minimum requirements for Ethics and Theory.

You may register and take the courses in any order you like:

We also run a shorter program that is focused on strategic resume writing.

CPC Members receive a 50% discount on all courses. Check our course schedule and pricing page for further details.

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