Training & Resources

We want the vibrant community of career development professionals to have the training and resources they need to support their vital work with students and clients.

We create and deliver tailored online and face-to-face training courses for a wide range of individuals, organizations and academic institutions to elevate and standardize the field of career development across Canada.  We also develop career resources,programs and workshops to meet the specific needs of end-users.

Our VOCO Training Centre offers online, self-directed, competency-based courses for educators and career development professionals.

PRIME is a data/client management software that supports quality career/employment services and a more robust evaluation of the impact of services.

We also offer a series of free tools and programs that we’ve developed for a range of end-users.

All of our training for career development professionals integrates the competencies outlines in the  Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners.

We develop training for provincial governments, organizations, schools and school-boards. For over three decades, we have developed courses and curriculum to support a range of learners. From supporting youth in transition to helping the profession develop the competencies they need in a much more complex and uncertain labour market, our work addresses priority needs.  Our training have been informed and enhanced by working closely with Indigenous and Northern populations.

CCDF has an extensive list of its training programs.  Contact us to learn more about working with us on creating tailored training strategies that meet the unique needs of your organization.

Our VOCO Training Centre offers educators and career development professionals a series of accessible, self-paced courses to learn new skills,access innovative new approaches and tools, connect with fellow professionals and fulfill course requirements for certification as Career Development Professionals (CDPs). VOCO’s courses meet the Canadian Career Development Standards and Guidelines Competencies and the requirements of provincial certification bodies. VOCO courses are offered online through our easy-to-use learning portal where the pace and approach to learning is up to you.

Built from the front-line stories and experiences of career development professionals and educators like yourself, we designed VOCO’s courses to allow you to work towards certification that easily fits with your schedule.

Click here to get started, or check out the course overviews available below.

Work Search

This course prepares Career Development Professionals to help sutdents/clients transition in to jobs, find/create meaningful work, and develop personalized plans for effective work search. Comprised of five self-directed modules, and 27 lessons that will take you from 10-45 minutes each to complete, the VOCO Work Search course offers all the richness of face-to-face training with the flexibility you’ve been looking for in your professional development. Click to view the course overview.

Career Development Theories

This course provides participants with an informed foundation and theoretical context for their career development practice. No matter what side of the “I like or don’t like theory” continuum you stand, we’ve developed an interactive and engaging course that supports you in integrating current thinking to your own theoretical approach to practice. Click to view the course overview.

Career Development Process

Launching November 4, 2019

This course builds the core skills and specialized techniques needed to effectively build a working alliance with clients and deliver career services. It supports learners in practicing the skills underpinning the working alliance and client engagement in the context of the career service delivery model. The course explores key contributors to client self-management, enhance their capacity to deal with reluctant clients, identify success indicators and monitor progress. This course will also provide an opportunity for career development professionals to refine their personal approaches to practice.

Using Labour Market Information in Career Services

Coming in February 2020

This course prepares participants to better access, understand and apply labour market information (LMI) in their work with clients.  Integrating both formal and informal LMI, this course teaches strategies to find, make sense of and apply LMI in meaningful ways to support better career development with students and clients.

Career Development Foundations

Coming soon

This course provides participants with an introduction to career development, exploring what it is and presenting a process (the 4M model) that highlights the key elements of it.  The course will include hands-on experience with a range of practical and creative career development interventions targeted to major career development issues faced by youth, young adults and not so young adults!

Ethics in Career Development Practice

Coming soon

This course provides participants with opportunities to explore their ethical responsibilities as a Career Development Practitioner, to work through a variety of ethical dilemmas using an ethical decision-making model; and to build confidence in their capacity for ethical interventions and decision-making at work.

Active Engagement Course Series, by Norm Amundson and Andrea Früling

Launching in January 2020

Active Engagement 1: Engage – Understanding the career development process start to finish (mattering, defining constraints, lines of questioning to gain awareness, action planning, note-taking, etc.)
Active Engagement 2: Assess – Assessment tools, frameworks and techniques to be applied in the career development process.
Active Engagement 3: Create – Creative approaches to the career development process (metaphors, storytelling, visuals, etc.), including creative processes to use when working with clients with barriers. This course will also include sections exploring indigenous perspectives in career development.

Enhance service delivery and demonstrate its impact

Developed with career development professionals in mind, PRIME offers a simple way to evaluate short- and long-term success in your organization, region, or province.

PRIME collects and analyzes a much richer, wider range of client outcome and progress indicator data.  PRIME mirror the process of service delivery, so it coaches and supports quality service while also collecting and analyzing valuable data to inform clients, practitioners, managers and funders.
Built on the technical platform of ARMS, PRIME serves as a model for using evaluation as an underpinning to support quality service and stronger service outcomes.

Book your PRIME demo and get started today.

Below are state-of-the-art resources that CCDF has developed. These materials are made freely available for you to enjoy!

Living, Learning & Earning: Helping People to Succeed with Post-Secondary Education and Beyond

A series of three 2-3 hour workshops for practitioners who help young adults/adults seeking to return to school and/or work. Themes include: creating a vision for a preferred future, identifying dependable and transferable skills, building new skills for resilience, developing an action plan to meet learning/working goals and establishing and nurturing a strong circle of allies to sustain them through transitions and support their success.

Available in English and French. Disponible en français et anglais.

Tools, resources and materials available from the project:

Lasting Gifts Workshop Series: Helping Parents to Become Allies in Career Development

Offers four 2-hour workshops for parents/guardians seeking to support their teens in their career journey.

Disponible en anglais et français.

Tools, resources and materials available from the project:

Future in Focus: Building Career Resilience for Youth

Includes four 2-hour workshops focused on helping youth in senior secondary school to develop the skills, attitudes, strategies and supports they need to build career resilience (with a 5th workshop to engage parents).

Available in English and French. Disponible en anglais et français.

Tools, resources and materials available from the project:

Career Gear: Supporting the Career Journey of Post-Secondary Students

Offers two 2-hour workshops to help PSE students to: see themselves in the future in a positive way; identify options in the labour market; develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge they need to reach their preferred future; and have a plan, with back-up strategies, to help them to take advantage of luck and move toward what is most important and meaningful to them.

Available in English only. Disponible en anglais seulement.

Tools, resources and materials available from the project:

ACCESS Future in Focus Workshop Series

An adaptation of the Future in Focus series for youth and young adults outside of the educational system.

Available in English and French. Disponible en français et anglais. 

Tools, resources and materials available from the project:

We love to hear about your experience with our training programs.

Carol Ann Preston, Supervisor, Employment Services

"Working with CCDF has been an absolute pleasure. The support, flexibility and encouragement that they show towards training and implementing programs is phenomenal. It has been a very positive experience and I look forward to continuing working with CCDF. "