CANADIAN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES
for Career Development Practitioners
The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners is a voluntary code of conduct for those in the field. They were developed to:
- Define career development as a legitimate specialization
- Provide a foundation for designing career development-practitioner training
- Provide quality assurance to the public
- Recognize and validate the diverse skill sets of practitioners working in the field
- Create a common voice and vocabulary for career development
The Standards & Guidelines outline a specific set of competencies required for Career Development Practitioners based upon job practices. The three competency clusters are:
- Core Competencies: Professional behaviors, interpersonal competence, career development knowledge, and needs assessment and referral
- Areas of Specialization: Assessment, facilitated individual and group learning, career counseling, information and resource management, work development, and community capacity-building
- Common Skills and Knowledge: Work search strategies and group facilitation
To learn more about the Standards & Guidelines visit the link below. The full S&Gs are available (in both Word and PDF format) by clicking on the Standards & Guidelines section. http://career-dev-guidelines.org/career_dev/.
TAKING CHARGE: THE STANDARDS & GUIDELINES SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL
Identify the competencies you possess as outlined by the Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners through the use of this helpful self-assessment tool sponsored by the Competency Frameworks for Career Development / Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioners. The assessment also provides assistance in the development of a personalized action plan to develop the competencies that you are missing as well as tracking your progress over time.
To take the self-assessment click on the following link: http://www.savie.qc.ca/Carrieres/An/Accueil.asp