Recognition of Prior Learning
The NSCDA’s Certification Process is a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. This means that you are evaluated on the skills, knowledge, and behaviours you have acquired through experience on the job.
Many career practitioners develop the specific competencies of career development practice directly through their work in the field. For this reason, Certification in Nova Scotia is based on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This means specific formal training is not required to obtain the CCDP designation, but a minimum of three years’ full time experience directly in the career development field is relevant. Courses or training are beneficial, but most of the CDP-specific learning is acquired through work experience.
Assessing Your Skills
The RPL process assesses what you know and can do. How do we know what to assess? The Nova Scotia Career Development Practitioners Core Competency Profile (also known as the NS Profile) describes the competencies required for proficient practice. The assessment process evaluates candidates according to these competencies. Upon successful completion of the assessment process, practitioners earn the right to use the designation CCDP™.
The NSCDA’s supported process means help is available at every step, even before you enter the certification process. We can help you to understand the RPL process and the competencies required of a CCDP.