Certification refers to the issuance of a formal document attesting to a set of skills, knowledge and abilities possessed by the holder often linked to the completion of education/training requirements. More and more career development professional associations have initiated – or are in the process of initiating – certification. In Canada, there are two “streams” with respect to certification: one for Career Development Practitioners and the other for Career Counsellors. While there is overlap in these roles, the scope of practice, the requisite competencies and road to certification are distinct.
Canada Career Information Partnership. A Career Development Resource for Parents: Helping parents explore the role of coach and ally. 2006. Online: http://www.ccdf.ca/ccdf/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/a_career_development_resource_for_parents_e.pdf (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)
Canadian Council for Career Development. “Certification.” Online: http://cccda.org/cccda/index.php/certification (Retrieved on August 13, 2014)