CDP-05 – Advanced Resume Development (Certificate Program)

Advanced Resume Development Program


Advanced Resume Development

CDP-05 – Certificate Program – Class size is limited.


Join us for a fully interactive resume development program for practitioners. Help your clients capture attention with highly customized resumes. This program will present advanced strategic principles and technical practices for the development of resumes and cover letters for the Canadian market. These principles and practices will develop your range of expertise in strategic resume writing. This will enable you to provide custom resume support services to clients based on each individual’s background, objectives, and needs.

This is an intensive 5-week distance learning program.

This program is designed to upgrade your resume writing skills and enable you to apply current theories, concepts, and measures in your work with clients. If you are serious about advancing your resume competency within the scope of career development, or if you would like to be granted your Certified Resume Strategist (CRS) Certification in the future, you will discover that this program is designed to help you achieve your goal!

Join this fully-facilitated, part-time online program.

  • You participate in the online class and complete daily assignments on your own schedule.
  • You have full access to all course material, videos, quizzes, forums, and assignments at any day and time during the course.
  • You work along with other students in the class and participate in group discussions.
  • Your class facilitator is available weekdays to review your progress and answer your questions.

Are you ready to take your resume writing abilities to the next level?

This program helps you in the following ways:

  • Boost your confidence and talent in strategic resume development.
  • Develop tactical resume and cover letter writing skills.
  • Develop your competency in resume writing mechanics.
  • Learn the most current resume formatting and design techniques.
  • Update your own resume to the most current industry standards.
  • Position yourself to earn more as one of the top resume writers in Canada.
  • Earn 50 hours towards any Continuing Education Units (CEUs) you require.
  • Become eligible to Fast-Track the Certified Resume Strategist (CRS) credential.

Actively develop your strategic resume writing competency.

Throughout this 5-week fully facilitated program, you’ll actively cultivate your strategic resume writing skills. You’ll take part in a range of activities for a dynamic, interactive learning experience: videos, reading, quizzes, online discussions, reflection exercises, and small projects. Each week is structured so that you receive interesting and topical information, tips, and strategies. This format will provide current theory, strategic guidance, and practical experience through examples and application.

Gain knowledge and build your expertise by focusing on your needs.

To give you highly personalized attention and mentoring, class sizes are limited. One-on-one support, group discussions, exercises, and follow-up assignments will enable you to actively develop your skills. Your Master-Level Certified program leader will be available to answer your questions. You’ll also connect and learn from other program participants. Through these interactions, you will learn how and when to apply various techniques to enable clients to succeed in their career and employment endeavours.

Get valuable resource material that you will use again and again.

You will receive The Canadian Resume Strategist, the 200-page Certified Resume Strategist (CRS) Study eGuide, along with a comprehensive workbook and many sample documents. The eGuide is a valuable resource. It thoroughly discusses current concepts and strategies to enable practitioners to provide exemplary resume writing support and services. Many opportunities will be provided for you to become familiar with the material. This eGuide and associated resources will be an asset throughout your career.

Ready yourself for the next step in your strategic resume writing career.

Advanced Resume Development is designed as a preparatory and assessment program for those practitioners wishing to receive their Certified Resume Strategist (CRS) designation. Upon passing, you will be fully ready to apply for Certified Resume Strategist (CRS) certification through Career Professionals of Canada. Note that you must have a minimum of 2 years related work experience and you must pay the application fee to be granted the designation through CPC’s CRS Fast-Track Program. Certification program costs are outlined on the Career Professionals of Canada website.

Professional Members of Career Professionals of Canada and Supporting Organizations (ask for code)$495

Fees are paid at the time of registration for each course. Cost includes all required texts.
Some additional texts may be recommended, but are not mandatory.



Course Number: CDP-05

Program Status: Registration Open

Program Duration: 5 Weeks | 10 hours per week (50 hours)

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

Accreditation: Advanced Resume Development Certificate (upon successful completion).


Distance Education | Fully Facilitated | Online Program

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 they would in a classroom-based environment of 50 hours over 5 weeks:

  • WEEK 1 – Resume Strategy – Resume Marketing, Resume Planning, Value Proposition, and Strategic Application.
  • WEEK 2 – Resume Mechanics – Resume Fundamentals, Employment History, Supplementary Components, and Spelling and Grammar.
  • WEEK 3 – Resume Design – Creative Formatting, Technology-Friendly Resumes, and Resume Innovations.
  • WEEK 4 – Supporting Documents – Cover Letter Strategy and Supplementary Documents.
  • WEEK 5 – Application Assignment – Samples & Strategy.


Students will be supplied with The Canadian Resume Strategist, Career Professionals of Canada’s Certified Resume Strategist eGuide.

Students will also receive a comprehensive workbook along with sample resumes and cover letters and additional relevant readings which will be posted on the course site.

All required text and course resources are supplied. In addition, we recommend the following reading list to supplement the course material: Best Canadian Resumes and Best Canadian Cover Letters.


Students must achieve an overall grade of at least 80% to successfully complete the course. If absent or offline for more than one week, students are required to contact the instructor.

  • Online assignments and group discussion participation (40%)
  • Homework assignment Submission of 2 résumés, cover letter, and strategy statement (60%)

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to bypass the formal document submission process and be considered for the Certified Resume Strategist (CRS) designation through CPC’s CRS Fast-Track Program. Note that you must have a minimum of 2 years related work experience and you must pay the application fee to be granted the designation. Certification program costs are outlined on the Career Professionals of Canada website. Certification program costs are outlined on the Career Professionals of Canada website.