If you have any questions not covered in this FAQ, please contact Melanie Richardson at mrichardson@cdpcertontario.ca. Please allow time for a member of our volunteer committee to get back to you with a well-considered response.

1. What is the history behind creating an Ontario-based certification in the career development field? 
Please see our History section.

2. What will the credential be called?
As in Alberta, the credential's title will be “Certified Career Development Professional” and holders of the credential will be entitled to add the credential letters CCDP to their names (e.g., Christine Smith, CCDP).

3. Will the certification process be mandatory or voluntary?
Voluntary, as is the case in all other provinces except for Quebec.

4.What are the benefits of introducing a credential to the career development field?

For (potential) clients:
  • See the letters CCDP on the end of someone's name and trust that these credential letters represent a professional level of skill and experience.
  • Be assured that the designation CCDP promises a commitment to ethical professional behaviour.
  • Over time, gain greater understanding of, and respect for, career development as a profession.
For new and potential entrants to the field:
  • See CD work as a challenging profession, not an 'anyone-can-do-it' option.
  • Get details from an official source about the skills, knowledge, and coursework needed to launch your career as a certified professional.
  • See evidence of the level of commitment to learning and growth that's required to establish, sustain and advance yourself in the field according to the National Standards & Guidelines.
For all professionals in the field:
  • Option to add the letters CCDP to the end of your name (e.g., Sarah White, CCDP), thereby automatically conveying to employers and clients that you have achieved a level of credibility and expertise consistent with the national S&Gs.
  • Eventual advantage of having your level of skill and experience understood and valued in other provinces.
  • Pride in knowing that your work is formally recognized as a profession – recognition that not just 'anyone' can do it.
  • Formal recognition of your ongoing professional development initiatives.
  • Over time, gain self-respect and pride of working in a formally-recognized profession.
For organizations offering career or employment services:
  • Enhanced ability to assess an applicant's suitability for a CD role and commitment to the field and professional development.
  • Increased credibility within the career development field.
For funders of employment and career services:
  • Enhanced ability to assess organizations funded to deliver value-added employment/career services – can determine whose staff are qualified to do so, thereby being accountable to taxpayers.
5. Does “professional certification” for our field mean getting a certificate from a specific school? 
No. Having a certification process for the field means that there will soon be a professional credential, certificate or qualification available that indicates a person's suitability for CDP work. Meanwhile, a certificate / diploma from a specific school indicates the successful completion of that particular post-secondary program alone.

6. If I have a certificate, diploma or degree in this (or a related) field, does this mean that I'm automatically certified in career development? 
No. Anyone who wants to gain the CDP credential will have to apply for it, even if they already have career development (or related) schooling successfully completed.

7. What will earning this credential involve? 
This has not yet been decided. A Stewardship Committee was elected at the June 2011 meeting (see description in the History section) and is now researching what other provinces are doing. It will then take a proposed process to the larger CDP community via surveys for review and feedback.

8. What is happening in Canada's other provinces, certification-wise? 
"Recently, Canada has seen a significant growth in professional associations for career practitioners and the adoption of certification initiatives. Three provinces (Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta) have certification in place while others (Nova Scotia, Ontario) are actively pursuing it."

Data Source: 2011 International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy Canada (December 5-7, 2011|Hungary)Team Canada Country Paper: http://eletpalya-folyoirat.munka.hu/iccdpp1 

To read more about what's happening in other provinces, see the following links: 

9. Will this new career development credential be recognized in other provinces? 
Not right away. However, for many provinces the long-term goal is to promote inter-provincial mobility by establishing a shared recognition of provincial credentials.

10. When will the new Ontario career development certification process be in place? 
The Stewardship Group aims to complete the process by Jan. 2014 as follows:

By Jan. 2013: 
  • research other certification models
  • identify stakeholders
  • invite stakeholders to participate in a feedback process on how the accreditation process should work
By Jan. 2014: 
  • analyse feedback results
  • use feedback results to write recommendations for the certification process
  • invite stakeholders to vote on these recommendations
  • analyse results of vote and respond as needed
  • send out a Request for Proposals inviting applications from organizations interested to oversee and administer the accreditation process in Ontario, ongoing
  • consult with the successful organization to ensure a smooth start-up
11. How will the introduction of the CCDP credential affect my ability to get work?
Employers are likely to differ in how they view and value the CCDP credential. Some employers may prefer to hire or promote individuals with the credential, all else being equal between candidates. Some Boards of Directors may view this credential as a means to demonstrate or establish their organization's professional standards and status in the community.

12. Will I be able to earn more with this credential? 
The matter of earnings lies well outside of the mandate and control of the Stewardship Committee. Earnings will undoubtedly continue to differ by region and employer. Historically, however, it's worth noting that introducing credentials to any field does tend to have a bolstering effect on wages in the long run.

13. Will there be a cost to getting and keeping this credential? 
This will be determined at a later date.