Career Development Practice Certificate Program

Do you want to work in the career, employment or vocational rehabilitation fields, but don’t want to leave your current job to study? Are you currently working in this area and want to upgrade your skills and knowledge? Then this is the program for you!

Program Overview

The Career Development Practice (CDP) certificate program will help you develop the competencies, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with a diverse client population.  You will learn techniques to work with individuals and groups, and how to use assessment tools. Labour market trends, career transitions, resource materials and the Canadian Standards and Guidelines are all included in the program content. 

This part-time program is available in two online formats: 

Asynchronous online: Courses run for two to four weeks and involve interactive discussions, live content and videos. The program cycle begins in September and students can expect to complete all requirements by the following August. These courses are actively facilitated by instructors, so students are expected to log in/ participate regularly. 

Synchronous online: This new program delivery method is a mix of synchronous (live, real time) online sessions on Saturdays with asynchronous activities during the week. The program cycle begins in September and students can expect to complete all requirements by the following May. 

Students are welcome to mix-and-match between the two formats. 

Program admission is available throughout the year, and you may start the program at any time, with any course. You will be given a maximum of three years to complete all the courses in the program. The CDP Program is only available on a part-time basis; visit the Schedules & Booklist page for up-to-date schedules, registration information, booklist and FAQ. 

The Career Development Practice Certificate was developed by Douglas College in partnership with BC Career Development Association (formerly ENET). An active advisory committee provides guidance to ensure quality and current course material.

Please review the FAQ below for more details.

Further your studies

Courses may be transferred to other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia:

  • University of the Fraser Valley offers 12 credits for completion of the CDP Program towards a degree in Adult Education.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA) has approved all courses for continuing education towards the Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), Registered Vocational Professional (RVP) and Registered Community Support Specialist (RCSS) Designations.

The Ethics (CDPP 267) and Theories (CDPP 750) courses in the CDP program meet the minimum education requirements for certification as a Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) by the BC Career Development Association.

Frequently Asked Questions

While there are due dates for assignments and weekly activities, students are not required to be online at specific times every day or week. 

All 30-hr asynchronous courses will have a one-hr live session during the second week. This session is recorded for those who cannot attend. Exact dates and times are provided by the instructors.

*Please note the live session is mandatory for CDPP 753 Facilitated Learning. 

Please see the Asynchronous CDP Program schedule for exact dates.

Students are required to be in live, real-time online sessions (via Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate) Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm (1 hr lunch break).  

The remaining course hours will be asynchronous online, meaning students will complete activities and assignments at their convenience while adhering to the posted due dates. This delivery mode replaces our traditional on-campus Hybrid CDP program.

Please see the Synchronous CDP Program schedule for exact dates and times. 

Yes! Students are welcome to mix and match between asynchronous and synchronous course offerings. 

Both options are designed to be part-time and we strongly encourage students to take one course at a time to maintain a good work-life balance. 

Refer to the schedule for exact dates, times (if applicable) and CRNs, then contact the Continuing Education Registration Office.

Tuition is the same for both synchronous and asynchronous CDP courses. 

Registration is first come, first serve, so plan to register one to two months in advance. 

Not at all! Students are welcome to register for courses without a submitting a program application. This allows students to try our delivery modes and determine if this is the right program/ field for them. 

Students who decide to complete the full 10-course CDP Certificate Program should plan to submit a (free) program application before they are 50% complete (i.e. before their 5th course). 

If you have taken equivalent courses (same content and number of hours, documented with an official transcript) you may apply for exemption for a maximum of two of the required program courses. See Course Exemptions for more info. 

Information Sessions

There are no information session scheduled at this time. Please contact us if you have questions not answered by the FAQ.