Field Guide by NSCDA
Career Counsellor

Career Counsellor

A Career Counsellor utilizes specialized counselling techniques, combined with tools and resources, to provide career guidance. They support clients facing difficult situations in making complex decisions.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of career theories
  • Ability to define career decision making and development goals
  • Solid understanding of counselling assessment processes, tools and resources
  • Therapeutic awareness and skills in client relationships
  • Ability to administer and interpret psychometric assessments
  • Strong assessment skills through various modalities
  • Self-management skills
  • Autonomy
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Master’s degree
  • Level B Assessor
  • 5+ years of experience in the field
  • Case Management
  • Digital Literacy
  • Ethics
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Career Theory
  • Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Communication
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Counselling Skills
  • Challenging Clients
  • Health & Wellness
  • Research Skills
  • Strong Interest Inventory Certification
  • MBTI Certification
  • Peer Mentoring

View NSCDA Course Catalogue

  • Band 1: Professional Practice: Competencies enabling effective practice. (All Competencies within Band)
  • Band 2: CDP Characteristic: Competencies distinguishing the field of career development practice. (All Competencies within Band)
  • Band 3: CDP Extended: Competencies required to deliver specialized services provided by CDPs. (Competencies 18, 19, 20)
  • Band 4: Outreach and Leadership: Competencies reflecting the strategic role of career development professionals. (Competency 26)

Competency bands are from the National Career Development Professional Competency Framework

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Other Titles
  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Education Counsellor

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