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Career Development

Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario (CDPCBO)
Providing certification to Career Development Practitioners in Ontario.


The Future of CDPCBO

The career development industry in Canada is moving to its next stage in life, and we need your help to steer CDPCBO in the right direction.

CDPCBO Mentor Support Program

Are you considering getting your CDP certification through CDPCBO?

Or maybe you are already working on your application but finding it challenging to stay motivated? 

Based on the successful outcomes of a 2019 mentoring pilot project, the CDPCBO is offering a Mentor Support Program to assist you with your application process.

You can access the CDPCBO Mentor Support Program if you are:

  • Eligible to pursue certification at the present time.
  • Commit to a 3-month mentor relationship (this should see you to completion or near completion of your certification application).
  • Commit to regular “meetings” (phone, Skype, etc.) with your mentor to ask questions and provide updates on your progress. Being “accountable” to someone can really help you stay on track.  You and your mentor decide how often you meet (we recommend biweekly).

You can begin at anytime. Once enrolled, you will be provided with recommended guidelines, appointment tracking form, an outline of roles for mentors and mentees, and of course, matched with a terrific mentor who has already gone through the certification process. Matches with a mentor are based on availability.

Interested? Want more information?

David Hurlbut email: [email protected]

New Winter Dates for
CCDP Mandatory Training

New dates for the following CCDP Mandatory Training have now been updated for this Fall:

Visit the Events Calendar to view and purchase your ticket(s) or reach out to Gillian to arrange for other registration options such as group invoicing.

If you would like to be placed on a wait list for CCDP Mandatory Courses beyond these dates, please notify Gillian at [email protected].

Our thoughts are with you
and hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

We want to let you know that we are still accepting applications during this period of isolation. We would ask that everything be submitted electronically, including references and transcripts until further notice.

We are accepting eTransfers only for payment at this time.

Important Policy Document

The next few months and perhaps years will be challenging for everyone in our field in trying to meet the needs of our clients, both workers and employers, as we come through this massive shift in the economy. The Canadian Career Development Foundation has prepared a valuable paper submitted on behalf of our sector to ESDC, with input from many of you, on how we can contribute to the rebuilding of our economy and work in people’s lives. Please read this important policy document and share widely.

When you throw a rock – even a small pebble – in a pond, it has an effect. And that effect goes beyond the point of impact where the rock hits the water. Every rock or pebble thrown in the pond also creates ripples and you never know how far those ripples might travel. So don’t underestimate the potential ripple effect of even a small action that you might commit to doing. So think about throwing a rock, a pebble… or maybe a boulder in the pond. If enough of us do it, our rocks might actually start to build upon each other and become stepping stones leading us to new heights as a profession.

~ Sareena Hopkins, Canadian Council for Career Development

What is CDPCBO?

“As a certified Career Development Practitioner, your expertise and experience will be formally recognized and, as others join you, Career Development will be recognized as a rigorous field that creates value for individuals, employers, communities, our province and our country.”
Sareena Hopkins, M.Ed., GCDF, Executive Director, CCDF, Chair CCCD

Career Development Practitioners’ Certification Board of Ontario (CDPCBO) is a not-for-profit corporation established in 2014… Learn More

Become a Certified CDP

Certification is a formal recognition of CDPs’ skills, knowledge and experience… Learn More

Watch our 35 minute information session to learn more about CDPCBO certification…. CDPCBO Information Session

Need help preparing your application? Watch our application instructional videos…..

Video #1 (Introduction, sections 1 & 2
Video #2 (sections 3 & 4)
Video #3 (sections 5 & 6)
Video #4 (section 7 – part 1)
Video #5 (section 7 – part 2 & section 8)

This link is a handy guide to self assess your competencies when preparing your application. Career Competencies.

Application Workshops – we are currently scheduling application workshops for 2023. Please contact us directly if interested.

Find a Certified CDP

Search our Directory for Ontario CCDPs.  You can search by first or last name as well as by city or town. Start Here