Career Development Practitioner Certificate Program (CDP)

Career Development Practitioner CDP Program


CPC Career Development Practitioner

(CDP) Certificate Program

Upgrade your competencies with Career Professionals of Canada’s Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Certificate Program. 

This is an part-time, fully facilitated online program. If you want to develop a broad base of understanding and expand your knowledge of the profession, this intensive program is ideal. You will build a foundation in these Career Development competency areas: Ethics, Theory, Employment, Interview, and Resume.

This 200-hour distance learning program consists of 5 core courses. The program runs year-round and is delivered in modular fashion. Courses can be taken in any order.  You can select courses based on your interest and professional development needs. You can complete the program at your own pace. Just select, register, and pay for courses as you are ready to take them.

The program is aligned to the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs). Upon completion, you will be fully prepared to apply for your Career Professionals of Canada (CPC) CertificationsCDP-01 and CDP-02 will help you meet the mandatory minimum requirements for Ethics and Theory so that you can pursue your provincial Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) certification.


Program Status: Registration Open

Course Dates and Times: Check events schedule.

Program Duration: 5 courses, 200 hours

Program Prerequisite: Prior experience or a diploma in a related area is recommended.

Program Completion: Students must achieve a grade of at least 80% in all five courses to successfully complete the program.

Accreditation: CPC Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Certificate upon successful completion of the program.


CDP-01 Career Development Ethics & Standards20 hours (2 weeks)
CDP-02Career Development Theory, Models & Practices40 hours (4 weeks)
CDP-03Employment Interview Coaching 50 hours (5 weeks)
CDP-04Career Transition Consulting50 hours (5 weeks)
CDP-05Advanced Resume Development50 hours (5 weeks)


Distance Education | Fully Facilitated | Online Program | 5 Courses | 200 hours

This custom-designed, fully facilitated online format is ideal for adult learners. When you register, you will receive login instructions by email so that you can get comfortable with the platform and program, and start your pre-course work right away.

The distance education format is a combination of videos, reading, quizzes, online discussions, reflection exercises, small projects, and final homework assignment. Your active participation in all these aspects enriches your learning experience.

Proactive class participation  is encouraged and required. Discussion forums enable you to participate when it is convenient for you, rather than at a specific time. A messaging system gives you real-time interaction between session leaders and other students who are online.

As this program is offered online, you must have reliable Internet access and be comfortable using Internet technology, downloading resources, and communicating in discussion forums. You will be expected to spend a similar amount of time on this program as you would in a classroom-based environment of 200 hours.


Areas of Employment:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Universities and College Career Centres
  • Career Counselling Firms
  • Employment Agencies
  • Outplacement Firms
  • Independent Career Practices
  • Social Services Organizations
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Guidance and Vocational Services
  • Resume Writing Firms
  • Corporate Human Resources
  • Organizational Development Firms
  • Recruitment Firms
  • Professional Associations

Career Opportunities:

  • Career Professional (Career Development Professional, Career Development Practitioner, Career Practitioner, Career Strategist, Career Consultant, Career Management Consultant, Career Coach, Career Counsellor, Career Support Worker, Career Educator)
  • Employment Professional (Employment Practitioner, Employment Strategist, Employment Consultant, Employment Coach, Employment Counsellor, Employment Support Worker, Employment Educator)
  • Outplacement Consultant (Outplacement Professional, Outplacement Practitioner, Outplacement Coach, Outplacement Counsellor)
  • Interview Coach (Interview Consultant, Employment Interview Coach, Employment Interview Consultant, Interview Strategist, Employment Interview Strategist)
  • Resume Writer (Resume Development Practitioner, Resume Strategist)
  • Job Search Strategist (Job Search Consultant, Job Search Coach, Career Transition Strategist, Career Transition Consultant, Career Transition Coach, Social Media Strategist, Social Media Consultant, Social Networking Strategist, Social Networking Coach)
  • Job Developer (Placement Coordinator, Work Experience Coordinator, Work Development Officer)
  • Vocational Counsellor (Vocational Rehabilitation Worker,  Rehabilitation Counsellor, Guidance Counsellor, Work Development Officer)


CDP-03Employment Interview Coaching 50 hours (5 weeks)August 28, 2017September 29, 2017$990$495
CDP-05Advanced Resume Development50 hours (5 weeks)September 11, 2017October 13, 2017$990$495
CDP-01Career Development Ethics & Standards20 hours (2 weeks)
September 18, 2017September 29, 2017$590$295
CDP-02Career Development Theory, Models & Practices40 hours (4 weeks)
October 2, 2017October 27, 2017$790$395
CDP-04Career Transition Consulting 50 hours (5 weeks)October 16, 2017November 17, 2017$990$495
CDP-01 Career Development Ethics & Standards20 hours (2 weeks)January 8, 2018January 19, 2018$590$295
CDP-02Career Development Theory, Models & Practices40 hours (4 weeks)January 29, 2018February 16, 2018$790$395
CDP-03Employment Interview Coaching 50 hours (5 weeks)February 26, 2018March 30, 2018$990$495
CDP-04Career Transition Consulting 50 hours (5 weeks)April 9, 2018May 11, 2018$990$495
CDP-05Advanced Resume Development50 hours (5 weeks)May 28, 2018June 29, 2018$990$495
CDP-01 Career Development Ethics & Standards20 hours (2 weeks)August 6, 2018August 6, 2018$590$295


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