Field Guide by NSCDA
Career Development Professional 4

Career Development Professional 4

The Career Development Professional 4 (CDP 4) provides services to a caseload of highly complex clients. They have a capacity to work with and support all clients regardless of need.

They may also work to support other CDPs with case conferencing.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Connection to the community
  • Ability to perform
  • Knowledge of agencies/organizations for referrals
  • High knowledge of government programming
  • Funding expertise
  • Post-secondary or equivalent
  • Recommended to have a CCDP designation (obtained or working towards)
  • Formal training in case management practices
  • Able to perform or conduct needs assessments
  • 5+ years of experience in the field
  • Demonstrated all competencies of CDP 3
  • Case Management
  • Digital Literacy
  • Ethics
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Career Theory
  • Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Communication
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Needs assessment training
  • Challenging Clients
  • Health & Wellness

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)
  • 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

Competency Evaluation

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Other Titles
  • CDP 4
  • Team Lead
  • Case Manager
  • Career Practitioner

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