Conestoga College Logo - Home Page

Career Development Practitioner

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Business and Hospitality
Program Code:
0869
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

The field of career development is evolving, enabling practitioners to work in a variety of roles. This graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who are or would like to work in roles such as career counsellors, employment counsellors, career information practitioners or career management professionals.

Skills acquired in the program offer career mobility to graduates who wish to serve a broader variety of client groups, attain more in-depth competencies in selected areas of specialization, or who may wish to pursue more proactive management roles and choices in their current professional setting.

The skills and knowledge taught in this program include:
- Individual counselling and group facilitation
- Theoretical models of career development
- Future trends analysis in relation to career development
- Tools, techniques and processes of career counselling
- Assessment in career counselling
- Electronic tools and techniques
- Working with diverse populations and equity issues, and consulting skills for career development practitioners.

Program Information

Length: 740-hour Ontario College Graduate Certificate program (also available part-time)
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Open) - Fall
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2017 (Open) - Winter
Location: Internet-based distance education with Webinar support
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 20

Note:

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Career Development Practitioner - Program # 0869

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1153.33 $1153.33 $1153.33
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $1870.78 $1584.78 $1584.78
Year Total     $5040.34
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Fall 2016
Student Priority Fee $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1153.33
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $1870.78
Year Total $1870.78
Doon - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-09)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1153.33 $1153.33
CSI Health Plan Fee $191.62 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $1776.40 $1584.78
Year Total   $3361.18
Doon - Spring 2016 Level 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Spring 2016 Fall 2016
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1100.00 $1153.33
CSI Health Plan Fee $0.00 $286.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $1521.56 $1870.78
Year Total $3282.52 $1870.78
Doon - Spring 2016 Level 3 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Spring 2016
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1100.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $1521.56
Year Total $4838.78

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Career Development Practitioner - Program # 0869


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7206.45 $6656.45 $6656.45
Year Total     $20519.35

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Fall 2016
International Program Tuition $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $7206.45
Year Total $7206.45

Doon - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-09)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $401.50 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7057.95 $6656.45
Year Total   $13714.40

Doon - Spring 2016 Level 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Spring 2016 Fall 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00 $550.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $6546.56 $7206.45
Year Total $13494.62 $7206.45

Doon - Spring 2016 Level 3 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Spring 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $6546.56
Year Total $20178.78

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

This program will appeal to individuals who are engaged or interested in career development work in professional settings. These include: community-based employment centres, multicultural settings, schools, college and university career centres, labour adjustment contexts, human resource departments and vocational rehabilitation programs.

100% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $39,324.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CARD1010 Professional Ethics, Interviewing and Counseling

Description: This course explores the ethics, values, skills and knowledge base that are inherent in being a successful career counselor. An ethical decision-making process will be absorbed to increase the student's understanding of his/her attitudes about ethical decision-making and about his/her current feelings about his/her role as a professional helper. The microskills hierarchy will be presented as a framework for mastering the basic interviewing and counseling skills. Integrated throughout the course will be growth through intentionality, cultural competence and exercises designed to help a student in their personal development of counseling competence and style. Counseling theories will not be covered in depth, but a review of the basic theories and how they relate to career development will be covered. The final portion of the course will emphasize the process of personally integrating counseling ethics, values, skills and knowledge presented throughout the term.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CARD1020 Trends And Issues In The New Work Dynamic

Description: This course will provide an overview of the nature of contemporary work dynamic trends. The influences of global trends, employment trends and issues, cultural diversity and demographic shifts on future work will be explored. Students will examine the impact of permanent economic change, new work patterns and organizational learning demands, and they will discuss the implications for career decision-making and lifelong learning. Students will investigate, discuss and critically evaluate these trends and develop strategies for analysing and communicating the contexts within which career decisions are made.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CARD1060 Career Counselling And Development

Description: This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of career counselling and development. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of: career development theories, career information, approaches to vocational assessment, the practice of career counselling and development, and future trends in the evolution of the field. Students will engage in learning projects that will develop their appreciation for and understanding of both the theory and practice of career development.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CARD1070 Career Exploration

Description: The core processes and outcomes of career counselling are delivered in this course. The focus of this course is to connect theory to practice and to develop a resource of strategies and activities for counsellors to use with clients in both individual and group settings. A five-step model of career counselling developed in Canada is learned in detail. This course provides the student with a challenging opportunity to apply skills that can be used with a variety of client groups.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
CARD1040 Group Training And Facilitation: Principles And Practices

Description: The core principles and practice of group training and facilitation are delivered in this course. Students will explore the advantages of groups, group process and dynamics, the stages of a group, planning and design, basic group leadership skills, developing and conducting exercises, dealing with challenging behaviours, and working with multicultural groups. Students will develop their own group project design through this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CARD1090 Career Marketing

Description: The core principles, processes, and outcomes of effective career marketing are learned in this course. The focus is to connect theory to practice and to develop a resource of strategies for counsellors to use with clients in both individual and group settings. Core topic areas include skills profiling, work search preparation, networking, resume and cover letter preparation, electronic work search, employment interviewing techniques and preparation and job offer negotiations. This course provides the student with a challenging opportunity to explain and apply a coherent model that can be used with a diversity of client groups.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CARD8070 Practicum Seminar (Career Development Practitioner Program)

Description: This course will build on the foundation of the knowledge and skills taught in other courses in the program and will encourage students to begin to integrate and apply what they have learned. The focus will be going in-depth in the areas of the student's own interest to further develop the components of professional counselling practice. Also, considered will be various organizational settings and trends where students may choose to practice their skills.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CARD1010, CARD1070, CARD1060
CoRequisites:

CARD8120 Diversity 1

Description: The career practitioner plays a major role in assisting members of diverse populations to establish career plans and obtain satisfying work. Understanding and respecting diversity is paramount to our roles as counsellors and in this course we will be exploring a variety of client groups including: Aboriginal Peoples, Ex-Offenders, Gender, Immigrants and Older Workers. Students will become aware of the environmental, social, systemic and personal barriers faced by each of these groups and will learn strategies to motivate and assume advocacy roles when working with these clients. Students will become more effective in counselling diverse clients from under-represented populations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
CARD8030 New Canadians and the World of Work

Description: Students will be introduced to how employment fits into the settlement/integration continuum and to the general characteristics of the process that allow newcomers to be full participants in society. A community development approach to providing services is explored involving initial settlement concerns, language instruction, specific employment services and long-term integration issues. Various best practices include advocacy, networking, coaching, cultural orientation, community building, and language referral training, will be reviewed.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CARD8050 Assessment In Career Development: Formal Instruments

Description: Formal career assessment tools can provide an invaluable source of information in the career counselling process. This course will provide an overview of the application and process of career assessment. Students will learn about the various types of formal/standardized career assessments, including personality, interest, skills, and strengths inventories, and will have the opportunity to practice using a selection of each of these tools. Students will also learn important statistical measurement concepts as they relate to the selection, administration, and interpretation of career assessments. The use of ethical and multicultural guidelines when administering, selecting, and interpreting career assessments will be discussed along with the limitations and cautions related to the use of standardized tests.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CARD1010, CARD1060, CARD1070
CoRequisites:

CARD8060 Practicum Project

Description: The Practicum field placement experience is a crucial part of the CDP program. It provides the concrete application component that enables students to integrate and experiment with the information learning in other courses. The Practicum consists of two elements:

- Organization: The actual experience location where the student has an on site agreed location; and

- Virtual Seminar: The virtual classroom where students write and share information about their experiences.

As the field of career development is primarily oriented to teaching clients to manage their own careers, the Practicum is designed to be learner driven. Whereas faculty will guide students, it is ultimately the responsibility of the learner to identify and negotiate the practicum organization. Students will enter field placements with objectives which have been agreed upon by the agency contact person, the Practicum Coordinator, and the student. The learner will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis at the end of the practicum relative to this set of objectives. Additional time will be required for transit, for reading, and for analyzing the experience.

Practicum 1 is designed for learners who are entering the field of career development.
Hours: 200
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites: CARD8070 or CARD8170, OHS1320
CoRequisites:

CARD8110 Job Development

Description: Job developers play an important and ever-increasing role in today's employment agencies, yet little formal training is available to assist the job developer to become effective in his or her position. This course is for both new and experienced job developers and takes students through each stage of the job development process, from locating potential employers to client follow-up. A main focus of the course is developing and maintaining strong employer relationships. Other sections of the course cover strategies for working with diverse populations, differences between rural and urban job development, and the different approaches to job development, including client and employer centered strategies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CARD8130 Diversity 2

Description: The career practitioner plays a major role in assisting members of diverse populations to establish career plans and obtain satisfying work. Understanding and respecting diversity is paramount to our roles as counsellors and in this course we will be exploring a variety of client groups including: Persons with Developmental, Learning, Mental Health, Physical and Neurological Disabilities, Persons with Low Income, Sexual Minorities and Youth. Students will become aware of the environmental, social, systemic and personal barriers faced by each of these groups and will learn strategies to motivate and assume advocacy roles when working with these clients. Students will become more effective in counselling diverse clients from under-represented populations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CARD8120
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

ONTARIOCOLLEGES.CA
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

PROGRAM SEARCH

Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Open
JAN, 2017 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

Videos

Business and Hospitality at Conestoga College video
More videos

Success Stories

Back To Top