Work your way towards your CDP and CCDP with your Ethics and Theory courses


By Maureen McCann.

This fall, I took Career Professionals of Canada’s (CPC) Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Courses. I was looking for a way to dive-deep into Canadian career development practices.  I participated in both the Career Development Ethics & Standards (CDP-01) and Career Development Theory, Models & Practices (CDP-02) programs. Both courses offered rich Canadian-specific resources that immediately added value to my practice and my clients.

The CPC ethics and theories programs (CDP-01 & 02) allowed me to quickly update my knowledge in these areas and submit my application for the Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) program, provincially. Both courses are required for certification by the province.

I participated in the first two courses, which are mandatory for the CCDP. CPC offers additional courses to deepen your knowledge:

  1. Career Development Ethics & Standards, 10 hours (2 weeks), CDP-01
  2. Career Development Theory, Models & Practices, 40 hours (4 weeks), CDP-02
  3. Employment Interview Coaching, 50 hours (5 weeks), CDP-03
  4. Career Transition Counselling, 50 hours (5 weeks), CDP-04
  5. Advanced Resume Development, 50 hours (5 weeks), CDP-05

Each module has something different to offer career professionals and their clients. When you work through the CDP program with CPC, you’ll get a solid framework of theories and examples to use in your practice, guidance from career experts, and real-time peer-to-peer interactions that support your learning. The materials within the program are robust, innovative and directly applicable to our daily interactions with clients.

What I enjoyed most about the program was how well designed and thought-out the program was from a learners’ perspective. I have been a career for more than a decade and there were plenty of readings, discussions and exercises to keep me engaged in the learning process.  The technology was easy to use and supported my learning throughout the programs. There were real-time conversations with peers that bolstered my confidence in my learning and reaffirmed what I knew, giving me extra confidence going forward in my work with clients.

There is an added bonus for you if you are not certified as a career strategist; this program has a fast-track component to earn your Certified Career Strategist (CCS). I am already a Master Certified Career Strategist (MCCS) and I can attest to the extra recognition and visibility I receive through this credential.

At the end of the program, I hope you feel as energized, supported and engaged as I did. I was ready to implement new tips, resources and tools with my clients.

If it’s something you have been thinking about for awhile now, I recommend considering this program. It may improve your abilities as a career development practitioner, and it will certainly help you earn your designation.






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