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CCDP Education and Training

Since the launch of the CCDP designation in 2005 the CDAA has maintained a list of “pre-approved” education / training programs and courses from accredited post-secondary institutions in Alberta. While other education / training programs and courses were considered on a case by case basis the “pre-approved” list remained the primary eligibility standard for the CCDP designation.

Given the changing landscape of career development education / training in Canada, and specifically in Alberta, it has become increasingly challenging to maintain a list of “pre-approved” education / training programs and courses from accredited post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Due to these changes the CDAA will no longer maintain a list of “pre-approved” education / training programs and courses but will, through the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD) Certification Working Group, provide Career Development Practitioners interested in Career Development Practitioner education and training, with a National Inventory of Career Development Education / Training Programs and Courses.

Eligibility Standards for Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Education / Training Programs and Courses, whether delivered by an accredited post-secondary institution or a private training provider, have been established by the CDAA and will assist those interested in applying for the Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) designation with guidance regarding the selection of education / training programs and courses.

Questions regarding the Eligibility Standards for Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Education / Training Programs and Courses can be directed to the CDAA Registrar at ed@careerdevelopment.ab.ca. 

Information for University of Calgary Continuing Education Certificate Students

In September 2017, updates to the Eligibility Standards for Career Development Practitioner Education/Training Programs and Courses resulted in changes to the eligibility of the University of Calgary’s Career & Academic Advising Certificate (120-hour program).

Effective January 1, 2018, all applicants for the CDAA’s CCDP designation (Education Pathway) are required to complete 200 hours of instruction, at the certificate level, to meet the new Education Eligibility Standard.

For students who registered in the 120-hour Career & Academic Advising Certificate prior to January 1, 2018, the CDAA will honour the previous CCDP education requirements related to the program:

  1. Career and Academic Advising Certificate (120 hours)
  2. ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice (30 hours)

For students who registered in the 120-hour Career & Academic Advising Certificate between January 1 and June 30, 2018 (or who were taking classes, but were not registered in the program), the following education requirements for the CCDP designation will apply:

  1. Career and Academic Advising Certificate (120 hours)
  2. ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice (30 hours)
  3. 50 additional hours from the courses listed below, depending on what specialization area you are interested in:

This information is also available on the University of Calgary’s Career & Academic Advising Certificate Program website https://conted.ucalgary.ca/career-legacy/ under “Accrediting Associations”.  

Effective July 1, 2018, University of Calgary’s 120-hour Career & Academic Advising Certificate was revised to align with the CDAA’s new Eligibility Standards for Career Development Practitioner Education/Training Programs and Courses for the Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) designation. The new certificate consists of 200 instructional hours and is called the Certificate in Career Development and Academic Advising. All students who registered in the new, 200-hour certificate from July 1, 2018 on will meet the education requirements for the CCDP designation (at the certificate level) by following the new certificate requirements.

If you have any questions on this, please contact the CDAA Executive Director, Paula Wischoff Yerama, at ed@careerdevelopment.ab.ca.

To better serve CDAA members applying for their CCDP, Life Strategies now has a 10-hour Career Theory Supplement which can be used in conjunction with the 20-hour CMPP course, Career Development Foundations, Emerging Theories, and Models, to met the 30-hour theory training requirements.
 
The supplement is self-study and will comprise of additional readings and an assignment to be submitted via email. You can review the outline at http://lifestrategies.ca/docs/Career-Theory-Supplement-Outline.pdf.
 
If you have already taken the 20-hour course, feel free to register for the supplement at http://www.lifestrategies.ca/store/proddetail.php?prod=TheoriesSupplement. Once we verify your previous course completion, your order will be processed and you’ll receive the course materials via email.
 
If you haven’t yet taken the 20-hour course, feel free to purchase the full course and supplement together at http://www.lifestrategies.ca/store/proddetail.php?prod=PackageTheories
 
If you have any questions, email studentadvisor@lifestrategies.ca.

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