Courses vs Certification Comparison Chart

Compare Courses vs Certification

Career Professionals of Canada provides certificate courses (training) and certification (credentials).

What is the difference between courses and certifications?

Both courses and certification will help you advance your career. The difference is that:

  • courses will help you learn, grow and build your skills (training) – you’ll get better at what you do!
  • certification will help authenticate and validate your skills (credentials) – you’ll get recognized for what you do!

What does it mean when you have successfully completed a CPC course?

When you complete a CPC course you will receive a course completion certificate. You are then well positioned to advance to these two options:

  • Complete your Career Development Practitioner (CDP) program. When you complete CDP-01 through CDP-05, you receive a certificate of program completion. You can add this certificate to your portfolio and list the CDP in the education development section of your resume.
  • FastTrack the associated CPC certification (CRS, CIS, CES, CCS). If you have a minimum of 2 years related work experience, you can bypass the formal work product submission and review. When you apply for certification, you will be able to immediately use the letters after your name and the associated certification logo on your resume, social media, and website.

Here’s a chart to help you choose the best option for your needs.

CPC COURSES (TRAINING)CPC CERTIFICATIONS (CREDENTIALS)
Need training? Get professional development.
This is facilitated online learning. When you complete the course you get a certificate. Check CPC's Event Schedule for course dates and times.
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Want credentials? Validate your skills and competency.
This is a self-study program. When you earn a certification you are recognized with credentials. Complete certifications on your schedule.
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CDP CoursesCPC Certifications
Ethics (CDP-01) + Theory (CDP-02)

The Career Development Ethics & Standards course will help you make good ethical decisions and identify proactive strategies to avoid ethical problems. Career Development Theory, Models & Practices will help you learn to analyze and apply existing and emerging theories and models in your day-to-day work. If you complete CDP-01 and CDP-02 you can then choose to fast-track your CCS and get certified right away.

Ethics and Theory are mandatory courses for the provincial Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) certification. If you are working towards your CCDP, then take these courses.

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Certified Career Strategist Career (CCS)

CCSss Validate your competence as a career development practitioner. When you earn your certification, you can put the logo on your résumé, business card, website, and online profiles. Add the letters "CCS" after your name.


If you already have your CDP or CCDP Certification, you can Fast-Track your CCS and get certified right away.

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Interview (CDP-03)

This course will upgrade your Employment Interview Coaching skills and enable you to apply emotional intelligence, relationship building, value proposition, constructive feedback, and role-play in your client sessions. If you complete CDP-03 you can then choose to fast-track your CIS and get certified right away.

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Certified Interview Strategist Career (CIS)

CISss Validate your competence in employment interview coaching and counselling. When you earn your certification, you can put the logo on your résumé, business card, website, and online profiles. Add the letters "CIS" after your name.

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Transition (CDP-04)

This Career Transition Consulting course will help you learn to strategically support your clients through the execution of their work search. You will update your competency in the labour market, legislation, career branding, and social networking. If you complete CDP-04 you can then choose to fast-track your CES and get certified right away.

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Certified Employment Strategist Career (CES)

CESss Validate your competence in career transition (job search) coaching and counselling. When you earn your certification, you can put the logo on your résumé, business card, website, and online profiles. Add the letters "CES" after your name.

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Resume (CDP-05)

This Advanced Resume Development course provides advanced strategic principles and technical practices for resumes and cover letter writing for the Canadian market. You will learn to help your clients capture attention with highly customized resumes. If you complete CDP-05 you can then choose to fast-track your CRS and get certified right away.

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Certified Resume Strategist Career (CRS)

CRSss Validate your competence in strategic resume writing. When you earn your certification, you can put the logo on your résumé, business card, website, and online profiles. Add the letters "CRS" after your name.

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