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


2023 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held to review the past year, look forward to the upcoming year and vote on the motion to become a professional association. To register for the virtual event: REGISTER HERE

This link will take you to EVENTBRITE where you can register for the event being held on zoom. There is no cost to attend. You must be a Certified Career Development Practitioner in Ontario, in good standing, to attend.


The minutes from the 2022 AGM are linked as are the year end Financial Statement and budget for 2022-2023 fiscal year and projected budget for 2023-2024.

Also linked here is the preamble giving the background information on the motion to become a provincial professional association.

The Board of Directors and Advisory Committee members look forward to engaging with you, our members, in a fulsome discussion of the future of Career Development Practitioners in Ontario and Canada. We are very grateful for your ongoing commitment to the profession through the maintenance of your certification.

If you are unable to attend on-line, please complete a voting card found here, and return to [email protected] by September 19, 2023.

 Attendance at the AGM can be counted towards continuing education credits for re-certification!

New National Certification

This year marks the beginning of our move toward national certification of Career Development Practitioners.

We’re here to give you important information on timelines, process, etc., whether you are already an Ontario CCDP or considering becoming certified over the next 8 months.

News Update for June 12, 2023: A message from the Canadian Career Development Foundation.

CDPC Training: Building a New Era

CDPCBO is thrilled that the Future Skills Canada funded project to create the national Career Development Professional Centre is moving forward with great speed.

Part of the project is to provide opportunity for CDPs across the country to have access to a free foundational training course on the reimagined career development process. The pilots for this course, Career Development Practice: Building a New Era, will run across the country from April through June this year.

This training, is aimed at those in the field who have had little access to training, and we are hoping you are willing to forward this information to colleagues you know who may be eligible for this free training.

New Fall Dates for
CCDP Mandatory Training

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

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