BRITISH COLUMBIA CAREER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (BCCDA) is a non-profit professional association registered under the Society Act in the Province of BC. Incorporated in 2010, BCCDA was formed by the merger of BC Career Management Association (LMI Career Management Association of BC) and ENET Society (Employment, Network, Education and Training Society). As the services and memberships of these two associations converged, their boards and members voted to create a single, stronger, and more dynamic professional association for career and employment professionals in British Columbia. BCCDA is the result.
BCCDA is recognized as a global leader in supporting competent and ethical Career Development Practitioners and advocates for the profession, to ensure that the highest quality of service is provided.
In support of this vision, the mission and purposes of the BCCDA, as stated in our constitution, are:
To advance the practice and professionalism of career practitioners in BC and to promote the highest quality of career development service to the public
BCCDA’s mandate is to provide a central networking, education, and training service to develop the knowledge and skills of its members, thus enhancing their effectiveness in serving their clientele. BCCDA has an active board of directors, comprising leaders in the career development community who are committed to serving members and career professionals throughout British Columbia.
Our Activities and Strategies
To fulfill our purpose, we currently engage in the following activities:
- Certify, train, develop, represent, and promote Career and Employment Professionals (Career Practitioners) in BC
- Offer regular training days and networking events for members, providing a central networking, educational and training service for professionals in employment, rehabilitation, career counselling, and related fields
- Post and promote job openings, training opportunities, and other events of interest to career and employment professionals
- Coordinate the annual Career Development Conference (CDC) and other special member events
- Govern and manage the Certified Career Development Practitioner professional designation and establish, encourage, and promote competencies and standards for career and employment professionals currently practicing or seeking to practice in BC
- Provide members with resources and tools for practice, including publishing association journals, researching and listing sector-related resources, conducting sector research and providing members with a variety of other opportunities to share knowledge and to network
- Undertake funded research projects and other labour market and career development sector contracts pertaining to the purposes and experience of the association’s board members, staff and association members
For more details, please refer to the BCCDA 2013-2016 3-Year Plan
Our membership is comprised of professionals across the spectrum of career and employment practices and services in BC. These include professionals in employment, rehabilitation, career counselling, human resource management, settlement, and related fields, who work in a wide range of environments including (but not limited to) government-funded employment programs, non-profit and other community agencies, private career and employment service companies, employers, outplacement and career transitions services, independent/self-employed practitioners, public secondary and post-secondary schools, colleges, universities, and private training colleges.