Helping career development professionals become nationally certified.

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Why get certified?

Qualify Your Expertise

A Career Development Professional’s (CDP) competence is qualified when their skills are demonstrated based on The National Competency Profile for Career Development Professionals. It reflects a commitment to advancing their knowledge in the field, ensuring their understanding and competence align with industry best practices.

Build Public Trust

The CCDP® (Certified Career Development Practitioner) designation signifies a dedication to established practice standards that foster trust and strong client relationships. As part of a network of career professionals you will enhance the public’s understanding of career development services.

Recognize Your Skills

CDPs will recognize their skills by fostering self-confidence, helping them identify areas for growth, and aligning their competencies using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) methods. It will assist professionals in staying relevant in an ever-evolving industry.

Increase Confidence

The CCDP® designation boosts a career professional’s confidence by shaping their self-perception and professional reputation. It provides recognition, establishes credibility, and ensures they maintain smart practices and current industry knowledge.

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The Certification Process

The National Career Development Certification (NCDC) program uses a validated competency-based Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) model. All candidates undergo the same standardized process using validated assessment tools. The process ensures fairness and reliability in assessing and recognizing prior learning experiences.

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Connect with an Advisor


Confirm Eligibility


Examination & Interview


Complete Certification

What is a CCDP?

A CCDP® is a professional who has gained their designation by adhering to The National Competency Profile for Career Development Professionals. It confirms industry-standard skills, a commitment to ethical practices, formalizes their proficiency, and instills public trust. Maintaining this designation simplifies the communication of expertise to clients and employers.

Who are we?

Career Certification is the recognized assessment agency that delivers the National Career Development Certification (NCDC) program.

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Advisory Committee

The National Certification Advisory Committee (NCAC) is a volunteer group that upholds the quality and integrity of the process and assessment instruments used throughout the certification process. The committee ensures the criteria are shaped to reflect the career development sector across Canada.

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