Career Development Professional

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 0869

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About the program

The field of career development is evolving and expanding today, enabling practitioners to work in a variety of roles. This program is designed for individuals who are or would like to work in roles such as career counsellors, employment counsellors, career information practitioners, career development practitioners or career management practitioners. Practitioners in these roles may work in consulting firms, human resource departments, community organizations, private practices, learning institutions and government departments.
Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission requirements

  • An Ontario College Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent AND
  • Submission of a current resume AND
  • A two to five page single spaced letter of application stating your career goals and indicate how your education and experience to date have prepared you for entry into the program. The letter should also include verifiable details of any volunteer experience.
    • Please use the following questions to complete the letter of application: Why are you interested in this program? Why are you a strong candidate for this program? What personal and/or life experience have impacted your decision to develop your skills and knowledge in the field of career development? What are your long-term career goals?

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Working knowledge of current computer operating systems, office software, and an Internet Browser as well as access to a personal computer and an Internet service account are required.
  • Students must be accepted into the program to be eligible for the Practicum Seminar and Practicum Project courses.

Graduate opportunities

This program will appeal to individuals who are engaged or interested in some form of career development work in professional settings. These include: self employment, working in community-based agencies, multicultural settings, schools, post-secondary and adult learning institutions, labour adjustment contexts, human resource departments and employment-related services programs in all branches of government.

96% of 2007-2008 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $37,483.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program outcomes

  • Describe the historical and theoretical basis of career development studies, including the social, economic, and personal benefits of career development practices for various groups in Canadian society.
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of research efforts on career development practices in Canada.
  • Incorporate self-directed and entrepreneurially-oriented career management activities into his/her career practice.
  • Integrate the appropriate use of adult learning principles and practices for his or her, own professional growth and development, as well as the empowerment of others.
  • Utilize self-reflective and critical thinking skills to enhance counselling, teaching and learning strategies with groups and individuals.
  • Recognize the variety of career development practitioner roles that could be used to develop additional areas of expertise.
  • Apply the stages of adult development and learning, and theories of career development, which together lay the foundation for counselling and facilitation in career development work.
  • Apply a wide range of assessment tools, both psychometric and constructivist, for use with various client groups.
  • Integrate appropriate career information resources with career and employment counselling strategies.
  • Apply individual counselling techniques in the development of career resources for diverse client groups.
  • Apply both theoretical and practical methods with consideration to the needs of under represented and diverse groups including women, aboriginal communities, visible minorities, immigrants, disadvantaged and marginalized.
  • Design counselling and teaching strategies that incorporate trends and issues of the changing work dynamic.
  • Apply group facilitation techniques and strategies with an understanding of group process.
  • Use the systematic steps of program planning techniques in the development of career resources for diverse client groups.
  • Integrate the use of Internet technologies into the full spectrum of Career Development processes and applications.

Program related resources

Program contact

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Upcoming Registrations

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Spring Registration: Opens February 1, 2021
Fall Registration: Opens July 5, 2021