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Career Development Practice Certificate Program

COVID-19 Update: All online courses are continuing as scheduled. The hybrid program is on summer break and we hope to resume in Fall 2020. Please check the main FAQ for the most current updates. 

Do you want to work in the career, employment or vocational rehabilitation fields, but don’t want to leave your current job to study? Are you currently working in this area and want to upgrade your skills and knowledge? Then this is the program for you!

Program Overview

The Career Development Practice (CDP) certificate will help you develop the competencies, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with a diverse client population.  You will learn techniques to work with individuals and groups, and how to use assessment tools. Labour market trends, career transitions, resource materials and the Canadian Standards and Guidelines are all included in the program content. Please click here for detailed course descriptions.

There are two ways to take the Career Development Practice Certificate at Douglas College:

  1. In the Hybrid Program, students study in a classroom setting at the New Westminster Campus on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and complete some online coursework. The program cycle begins in September each year, and students can expect to complete all requirements by the following June.
  2. In the Online Program, the courses are fully online. Courses run for two to four weeks and involve interactive discussions, live content and videos. The program cycle also begins in September and students can expect to complete all requirements by the following August.

Program admission is available throughout the year, and you may start the program at any time, with any course. You will be given a maximum of three years to complete all the courses in the program. The CDP Program is only available on a part-time basis; visit the Course and schedule page for the schedule of course offerings and full list of required courses.

The Career Development Practice Certificate was developed by Douglas College in partnership with BC Career Development Association (formerly ENET). An active advisory committee provides guidance to ensure quality and current course material.

Further your studies

Courses may be transferred to other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia:

  • University of the Fraser Valley offers 12 credits for completion of the CDP Program towards a degree in Adult Education.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA) has approved all courses for continuing education towards the Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), Registered Vocational Professional (RVP) and Registered Community Support Specialist (RCSS) Designations.

The Ethics and Theories courses in the CDP program meet the minimum education requirements for certification as a Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) by the BC Career Development Association.

Special Offering - Mental Health First Aid Basics for CDPs

Mental Health First Aid Canada is an evidence-based program of The Mental Health Commission of Canada. MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years or older). This course will focus on the four most common mental health disorders, including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders, and how to support clients in these situations in Career Development settings. 

MHFA training teaches people how to:
Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
Provide initial help.
Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

Key Outcomes include:
Increased awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems
Decreased stigma related to mental health
Increased confidence interacting with clients experiencing a mental health problem or crisis
increased support provided to individuals in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem. 

Due to COVID-19, this course has been postponed. Please contact the Program Assistant to be added to a mailing list for further updates. 

Information Session

There is no information session scheduled at this time. Please watch this space for upcoming sessions.