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Job Development Professional (Part-time)

Program Code:
Business and Hospitality

About the Program

This program is designed to meet the needs of an evolving and expanding career field. Conestoga has created this program for individuals who are in, or would like to work in, job development roles. Practitioners in these roles may work in community organizations, learning institutions, and government departments. Job developers play an important and ever-increasing role in today's employment agencies. This program 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. Professional ethics, interpersonal communications skills, and locating and using labour market information is covered. Human resources related information such as employment standards, the human rights code, training plan preparation, and performance appraisal are also discussed.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

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

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

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

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

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

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Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

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
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
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
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
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
CARD1010 Professional Ethics, Interviewing and Counseling X X
CARD1020 Trends And Issues In The New Work Dynamic
CARD1090 Career Marketing

CARD8110 Job Development X


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 Contact

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

Program Assistant - Sharon Williams, 519-748-5220 ext. 3414, or (for questions about the application/registration process).


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