Co-creating a Vision for a

Career Development Professional Institute

We Are Stronger Together

As part of their Responsive Career Pathways initiative, the Future Skills Centre and Blueprint commissioned several research papers that are generating ideas for strengthening career and employment services. One consistent theme across these papers was a deep need for stronger supports for the professionalization and development of the sector.

With this research completed, the Responsive Career Pathways is now moving into an exciting next phase of prototyping and testing, led by Blueprint and Future Skills Centre (FSC). One of the major streams of future work is finding new solutions for building capacity in the career development sector.

To explore this need, FSC has asked the Canadian Career Development Foundation and MixtMode Consulting to explore the feasibility of establishing something along the lines of a national Career Development Professional Institute that could potentially focus on 4 main objectives:

  • Providing a home for the Competency Framework, National Profile, Code of Ethics, and associated resources and a hub to promote their integration and application;
  • Supporting CDPs to access basic, foundational training, at no to low cost, on the career development process, helping to ensure a common language and an understanding of the full scope of career development practice - especially among those working in the public employment service;
  • Creating and nurturing a community of practice, where CDPs can exchange and grow with respect to their practice, application of learning, and further development needs; and
  • Establishing a central hub as a "one-stop shop" for CDPs to find out about the full range of existing training available to them, as well as professional supports/associations and national/international developments that matter to our profession.

It is believed that the establishment of a professional institute will fill a much needed gap for accessible services for CDPs as they undertake their own professional career development in the field. It is hoped that an institute will contribute to the identity of our field, raise the bar for quality service delivery across the country, and continue to guarantee the best service is offered to every Canadian, no matter the province they live in, or where career services are delivered.

Our Profession

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Throughout the feasibility study a number of consultations will take place; we hope you will participate. Please contact us should you wish to host an event.


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Competency Framework

The National Competency Framework is an important component of a Professional Institute. 

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Please visit the Competency Framework website to learn more. 

Research and Resources

Explore research and resources related to this feasibility study.

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Please visit the Research and Resources page for more info on this project and other relevant resources. 

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