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Career Development Practitioner (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
0869
School:
Business and Hospitality

About the Program

The field of career development is evolving and expanding today, enabling practitioners to work in a variety of roles. This program is designed for individuals who are or would like to work in roles such as career counsellors, employment counsellors, career information practitioners, career development practitioners or career management practitioners. Practitioners in these roles may work in consulting firms, human resource departments, community organizations, private practices, learning institutions and government departments.

Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

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.

Graduate Opportunities

This program will appeal to individuals who are engaged or interested in some form of career development work in professional settings. These include: self employment, working in community-based agencies, multicultural settings, schools, post-secondary and adult learning institutions, labour adjustment contexts, human resource departments and employment-related services programs in all branches of government.

96% of 2007-2008 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $37,483.

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

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
CARD1010 Professional Ethics, Interviewing and Counselling
Description: The core ethics, values, skills and knowledge base that are inherent in being a successful career counsellor are developed in this course. An ethical decision-making process is learned to increase the student's competence in their role as a professional helper. The micro-skills hierarchy will be presented as a framework for mastering the basic interviewing and counselling skills. Integrated throughout the course will be growth through intentionality, cultural competence and exercises designed to help a student in their development of counselling competence and style. Counselling theories will be introduced. Students will practice client case management.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
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:
Closed
CARD1040 Group Training And Facilitation
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:
Closed
CARD1060 Career Counselling And Development
Description: The theory and practice of career counselling and development is presented in this course. 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 applied 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:
Closed
CARD1070 Career Counselling Techniques
Description: The core principles, processes, and outcomes of career counselling are systematically delivered in this course. Focus of this course is to connect theory to practice and to develop a resource of strategies and techniques for counsellors to use with clients in both individual and group settings. A five-step model of career counselling developed in Canada is studied in detail. Students are introduced to client case management as it relates to career exploration. This course provides the student with a challenging opportunity to apply a coherent career counselling model that can be used with a diversity of client groups.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
CARD8050 Assessment In Career Development
Description: Formal career assessment tools can provide an invaluable source of information in the career exploration process. In this course, 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 selecting, administering, and interpreting career assessments will be discussed along with the limitations and cautions related to the use of standardized assessments.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CARD1010, CARD1060, CARD1070
CoRequisites:
Closed
CARD8110 Job Development Techniques
Description: Job developers play an important and ever-increasing role in today's employment agencies. This course is designed for both new and experienced job developers and guides 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. Additionally, the course covers strategies for working with diverse populations, differences between rural and urban job development, and the different approaches to job development, including client and employer centred strategies
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
CARD8140 Technology and Career Development
Description: Effective integration of technology into career counselling and development work has become an essential competency. In this course students will learn how to utilize and evaluate client case management databases, cloud based document storage, retrieval and sharing systems, synchronized communication technologies integrating voice, video and document sharing, web-based integrated career management platforms, introductory social media management, and information visualization and presentation tools. Understanding the ethical use of technologies with clients and client data is incorporated throughout the course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
CARD8150 Employment Counselling Techniques
Description: The core principles, processes, and outcomes of effective employment 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, web-based work search, employment interviewing techniques and preparation, and job offer negotiations. Students are introduced to client case management as it relates to client employment search. 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: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
CARD8160 Diversity and Inclusion
Description: The career practitioner plays a major role in assisting members of diverse populations to establish career plans and obtain satisfying work. Students will be introduced to how employment fits into the settlement/integration continuum and general characteristics of the process that in the long term, allows newcomers to be full participants in all dimensions of society. A community development approach to providing services is explored involving initial settlement concerns, language instruction, specific employment services and long-term integration issues. Contemporary issues related to race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, nationality and ethnicity will also be explored in this course.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
CARD8170 Practicum Seminar (Career Development Practitioner)
Description: This course will build on the foundation of the knowledge and skills taught in the Career Development Practitioner Program. It has a practical focus, which will be the preparation for a successful Practicum Placement. The process to secure the placement will include study of the current trends in the career development field. This course will utilize extensive practice of a variety of learning strategies, which may include: community contact, self-reflection and Internet research.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: CARD1010, CARD1070, CARD1060
CoRequisites:
Closed
FPLT8070 Field Placement (Career Development Practitioner)
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 placement. 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, reading, and analyzing the experience. Practicum is designed for learners who are entering the field of career development. Students who are currently working in the field can register to PLAR the Practicum project.
Hours: 200
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites: CARD8150, CARD8170, OHS1320
CoRequisites:
Closed
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 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 employed. 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 employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
CARD1010 Professional Ethics, Interviewing and Counselling X X
CARD1020 Trends and Issues in The New Work Dynamic
X
CARD1040 Group Training and Facilitation X X
CARD1060 Career Counselling and Development X X X
CARD1070 Career Counselling Technques X X  
CARD1090 Career Marketing
X
CARD8030 New Canadian and World of Work X   X
CARD8050 Assessment in Career Development X X
CARD8060 Practicum Project X
X
CARD8070 Practicum Seminar X X X
CARD8120 Diversity 1
X
CARD8130 Diversity 2 X X
CARD8140 Technology and Career Development X X X
CARD8150 Employment Counselling Techniques X X
CARD8160 Diversity and Inclusion X X
CARD8170 Practicum Seminar X X
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace X X X

Offerings are subject to change without notice.

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Program Contacts

Co-ordinator - 519-748-5220 ext. 3680 cdp@conestogac.on.ca (for questions about the program and how it can fit into your career).

Program Assistant - Sharon Williams, 519-748-5220 ext. 3414 swilliams@conestogac.on.ca (for questions about the application/registration process).

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