Project Update - April 2021

Project Updates

Since the start of this project in September 2018, over 1000 CDPs across the country have been collaborating to co-create the following NEW bilingual documents:
  • Over 500 CDPs across Canada shaped a new Definition of Career Development Professional (2019) to reflect their professional identity and the breadth and scope of their practice. This new definition has formed the foundation for the new competency framework and certification program.   
  • The Career Development Professional (CDP) Canadian Competency Framework (2021) was developed through consultation with hundreds of CDPs across Canada through intensive focus groups and a wide range of face-to-face and online feedback mechanisms. It is a comprehensive and deep library of competencies that reflects the expertise of career development professionals. The full framework will be accessible soon online!
  • The Canadian Competency Profile for CDPs (2021) is a sub-set of the full Competency Framework describing the knowledge and skills commonly required of career development professionals in Canada. The Profile defines what is expected of a proficient and experienced career development generalist who is adept at working with diverse clients in a range of contexts.
  • The Canadian Industry Standard for CDPs (2021) defines the level of competence required, as applied to the full range of knowledge and skills described in the Canadian Competency Profile. The Standard reflects actual workplace conditions and current issues affecting the occupation. The standard is set by seasoned industry professionals from across the country and is validated by the industry. 
All of the above documents have been developed. They are currently being finalized in French and English and will be accessible online soon!

The Canadian Competency-based Certification Program for CDPs (2021) is currently in development. It will measure an individual’s ability in terms of their knowledge and skills against the Canadian Industry Standard. CCDF has a proposal currently under review with ESDC. If approved, we look forward to launching national certification in 2022.

National Certification Steering Committee (NCSC) Working Groups

An incredible group of dedicated professionals have been investing their time and sharing their expertise as members of the following Working Groups: 
  • Exam Pilot and Proctor Working Group (Jayne Barron, Karen Begeman, Lynne Bezanson, Lisa Chaisson, Herky Cutler, Teresa Francis, Gillian Johnston, Lorraine Katanik, Gail Langlais, Charlene McLean, Seanna Quresette, Soon-Lan (Sue) Switzer) supported the pilot testing of the national certification exam, offering proctoring to over 150 candidates virtually. Over the course of fifteen days, 36 four-hour exam sessions were held where 156 CDPs wrote three different forms of the exam. Each participant completed a feedback survey that engaged thoughtful feedback.
  • Item Validation and Passmark Setting Working Group (Lynne Bezanson, Jon Fairweather, Teresa Francis, Sareena Hopkins, Mike Jones, Charlene McLean, Seanna Quressette, Etab Saad, Hilu Tagoona) will work intensively in May analyzing psychometric data and the feedback gathered from pilot participants to refine and finalize the national certification exam. 
  • Performance Assessment Working Group (Lynne Bezanson, Jon Fairweather, Elayne Greeley, Mike Jones, Charlene McLean, Faith Whiting) will collaborate in finalizing the performance assessment element of the national certification program using a hybrid performance assessment tool.  This tool will leverage case studies developed by CDPs.
  • Policies and Procedures Working Group (Gillian Johnston, Mike Jones, Lorraine Katanik, Sue Kersey, Gail Langlais, Charlene McLean, Troy Mercer, Kevin Ned, Paula Wischoff Yerama) are shaping the policies and procedures that will underpin national certification.
  • Code of Ethics Working Group (Gillian Johnston, Cheryl Chapman, Kathy Offet Gartner, Mike Quinn) have worked intensively with leadership, guidance, and support from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) to develop a rigorous and comprehensive new Code of Ethics. The new code is linked to the new CDP Canadian Competency Framework. It is anticipated that the Code of Ethics will be finalized and released in both official languages in Fall 2021. In addition to leading the revision of the Code of Ethics, the CCPA Executive has generously granted CCDF permission to adapt the CCPA document, CCPA Procedures for Processing Inquiries and Complaints of an Ethical Nature.  The CCDF Code of Ethics Working Group will begin work on the adaptation of this document in April.
In addition to the above NCSC Working Groups, the Post-secondary Education (PSE) Working Group (Drs. Bill Borgen, Roberta Borgen, Lorraine Godden, Kris Magnusson) have begun work to collaborate with Teacher Education Programs to systemically prepare teachers to have effective career conversations, link career concepts to curricula, support students in meaning making while contributing to protective factors to support positive mental health. The Working Group will begin with the creation of the first of a series of scaffolded micro-credentials and will serve as an advisory committee as this first module is developed and piloted. The first micro-credential, an introduction to The Role of the Classroom Teacher as a Career Development Influencer, is intended for any K-12 teacher. The Working Group will also collaborate with stakeholders to dig deeply into the draft Career Education series of competencies to suggest revisions that fit, align with, and extend from the other validated competencies in the Framework.

Coming Soon

We are working to ensure that all elements of this initiative are easily accessible online and that the career development profession is visually presented in a professional and consistent manner. Once all elements are finalized in French and English, we will be excited to launch the new CDP Competence website!

After the Project – Vision for September 2021

As noted above, CCDF has submitted a proposal for funding to ESDC which focuses on the critical transition from program development to program implementation. Receiving this new funding will secure the legacy of the investment made by the Government of Canada by achieving sustainable and integrated implementation of the Certification Program.

In-Kind Survey

Remember, if you’ve contributed to theCDP Competence project, we want to acknowledge and report the work you’ve done to help fulfill our sector's contract with Economic and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Sectoral Initiatives Program! Fill out the In-Kind Survey each month you contribute and let us know what you did to make the project all it can be. Over 300 submissions have been made, and the tasks range from completing surveys, participating in coffee conversations, or reviewingmaterials. If you participated in the pilot during the months of February and March, please take a moment to share your contribution! How many hours have been submitted already? 3,781! We are certainly on the way to meeting our goal of 10,000 hours.