Certification benefits
the Career Development
profession as a whole

Certification benefits
the Career Development
profession as a whole

What is
Recognition of
Prior Learning?

Requirements for

Steps to

Two Pathways to Certification

A CCDP™ designation demonstrates your high level of professionalism; mastery of critical professional competencies; commitment to ethical standards and continued professional growth.


Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements will follow the Assessment pathway on the right (in red), moving through the Work Experience Assessment, Exam and Structured Interview.


What if I don’t have three years’ experience?
If you are currently working in the field but have not accumulated sufficient experience and/or have competency gaps to be filled The Career Pathways option will allow you to pair with a mentor as you continue to acquire hours and skills.

All Candidates must first follow the steps outlined on the Steps to Certification Page. From there, they will follow one of two Pathways, Pathway 1 or Pathway 2.

List of NS CCDPs

Are You Interested in the Certification Process?


Certification Program Advisor
Victoria Colley
902 835-2386

Administrative Assistant
Ashley Halverson
902 832-2133

Want to start the Certification process?

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