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Career Development Practice Certificate Program

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.

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

  1. In the Hybrid Program, you study in a classroom setting at the New Westminster Campus 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 full list of required courses can be found on the Courses and schedule page. The CDP Program is only available on a part-time basis; visit the Course and schedule page for the schedule of course offerings.

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) Designation.

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.

Information Session

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

Special offering

We are pleased to announce additional offerings of Ethics and Theories - available in a fully online format designed to fit around your working lives.

Course Title

Ethics for Career Development Practitioners

Course Number

CDPP 267



Course Dates

December 3 - 16, 2018 (10 hours)


$235.00 (no GST)


Course Title Theories, Models and Strategies
Course Number CDPP 750


Course Dates January 7 - February 3, 2019 (30 hours)
Tuition $490.00 (no GST)

To register, please call the Registration Office at 604 527 5472.

If you already have a Douglas College Student ID, you may register online.