A Model for the Education of Career Practitioners in Canada


  • Rebecca Burwell Burwell Career Consulting
  • Sharon Kalbfleisch Ann Arbor Career Consulting
  • Jennifer Woodside The Centre for Skills Development & Training


model, education, career, practitioners, career practitoners, canada


Most professions dictate the educational levels needed, first to access and then to advance within them. That is not the case for the relatively young field of career development in Canada, where such requirements are absent everywhere but in the Province of Québec. The following article presents an educational framework developed through a Canada-wide consultative process that proposed educational benchmarks for various scopes of career development practice. Five core functions were identified and defined: career advising, career educating, career counselling, career coaching, and career consulting. Moreover, several leadership functions integral to the field’s performance and advancement were identified: innovation, education, supervision of practice, systemic change, and management. Ultimately, the framework will help promote quality of service, professional identity, and professionalism in the career development field. Recommended next steps include generating a wellintegrated curriculum map to promote program and individual practitioner development.


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How to Cite

Burwell, R. ., Kalbfleisch, S. ., & Woodside, J. (2010). A Model for the Education of Career Practitioners in Canada. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 9(1), 44–52. Retrieved from https://cjcd-rcdc.ceric.ca/index.php/cjcd/article/view/239