Career Pathways to Certification
People working in the field who do not meet the three-year requirement can apply to be a Career Development Practitioner Candidate (CDPc). This will allow candidates to develop the competencies required to become certified while gaining the required work experience and hours.
When applying, each CDPc must identify a mentor who holds the CCDP designation (who preferably works on-site) who agrees to work with them through the process. The NSCDA will continue to build a list of CCDPs who have agreed to be mentors for this program and can help with this if necessary.
The certification process for Career Development Practitioners (CDP) is based on the Nova Scotia Career Development Practitioners Core Competency Profile (the Profile), discussed above. The process and the Profile are based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) methods.
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