Job Development Professional

Certificate | Code: 1283

Please note:

To effectively participate in remote learning, students in this program must have reliable Internet access and meet these device requirements.

About the program

This program is designed to meet the needs of an evolving and expanding career field. Conestoga has created this program for individuals who are in, or would like to work in, job development roles. Practitioners in these roles may work in community organizations, learning institutions, and government departments. Job developers play an important and ever-increasing role in today's employment agencies. This program is for both new and experienced job developers and takes students through each stage of the job development process, from locating potential employers to client follow-up. Professional ethics, interpersonal communications skills, and locating and using labour market information is covered. Human resources related information such as employment standards, the human rights code, training plan preparation, and performance appraisal are also discussed.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission requirements

  • An Ontario College Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent

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 580 with TWE 4.5, IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0, CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60, or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the post-graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
  • A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission process.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have:
    • Post-secondary subjects in human development, psychology and/or sociology.
    • Previous paid or voluntary experience in a related field such as career/employment counselling, human resources, and/or life skills coaching.

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

  • It is desirable that applicants for this program demonstrate emotional maturity, academic and personal suitability.
  • Computer literacy and Internet familiarity are required. A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended

Graduate opportunities

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

Program outcomes

  • Recognize the historical and theoretical bases of job development, including the social, economic, and individual benefits of job development practices for various groups in Canadian society.
  • Integrate the appropriate use of adult learning principles and practices for their own professional development and the empowerment of client group.
  • Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to enhance job development strategies with individuals and groups.
  • Integrate appropriate labour market information resources with job development strategies.
  • Implement career marketing strategies with individuals that incorporate trends and issues of the changing work dynamic.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision making in the implementation of job development strategies.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

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Winter Registration: Opens November 1, 2021
Spring Registration: Opens February 7, 2022