One of the main functions of the NSCDA is the certification of CDPs. When first introduced in 2014, the certification process was voluntary, but in late 2015, the Nova Scotia Government mandated that all client-facing staff working in Nova Scotia Works centres must be in the process of being certified by July 1, 2018. In response to this requirement, the NSCDA developed the Career Pathways to Certification process for potential candidates unable to meet the prerequisite 5400 hours of career development practice to begin the certification program.

RPL-Based Certification Model Unique in Canada

The NSCDA realizes that people come to the field of career development through many paths. To accommodate and recognize all the skills a career developer has, we have developed a competency-based, recognition of prior learning (RPL)-based certification model. So no matter what brought you to career development, it’s your knowledge and experience that matters, whether or not you have a degree or diploma.



Application Form for Certification [PDF 153 kB]

Core Competency Profile [PDF 476 kB]

NSCDA Candidate's Guide [PDF 2.9 MB]

Career Pathways to Certification Candidate Workbook [PDF 1.2 MB]



Steps to Certification

Career Pathways to Certification

Core Competency Chart [PDF 437 kB]

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