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New CDP competencies released this week!

August 13, 2021 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

After nearly three years in development garnering input from across Canada, the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) released its new career development competencies list. The project was funded with a grant from Employment and Social Development Canada. It involved many hours from volunteers informing the framework and multiple consultations with stakeholders far and wide. ASPECT was delighted to be a part of this project, providing consultation opportunities at our Summit and Annual Conference, as well as serving on two of the project committees.

Along with the new list of competencies comes an updated Code of Ethics (coming in September) and a clearer definition of a Career Development Professional. 

The following list is reductive of the immense amount of detail in The National Competency Profile for Career Development Professionals, but it will give you a high-level view of the multi-faceted aspects of the work you do.

Professional Practice
  1. Professional Responsibility
  2. Ethics and Regulations
  3. Client-Practitioner Relationship
  4. Diversity and Inclusion
  5. Evidence-Based Practice
  6. Professional Development
  7. Health and Wellness
  8. Communication
  9. Digital Literacy

CDP Characteristics
  1. Foundational Knowledge and Applied Theories
  2. Service Delivery Process
  3. Learning and Job Readiness
  4. Awareness of Diverse World Views
  5. Career Resources
  6. Client Work Search Strategies
  7. Referrals to Professional Services

Reading more, I think you'll marvel at the breadth of the profession. The next steps are to obtain more funding to mobilize these competencies and create a national credentialing body. While waiting for funding, the volunteers who have worked on this project have resolved to continue working on a wide range of projects.

Janet Morris-Reade, CEO

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