I often get asked if certification is still relevant in the industry now that the employment programs are changing. For more information about the CCDP credential in BC, go to the BC Career Development Association website. As someone who worked very hard to ensure that BC had a certification process, I still very much believe in the value of certification and here are some reasons why:
1. This profession is a profession regardless of what funding model it falls under. If you are committed to being a Career Development Practitioner, then a logical step is to obtain your certification to validate your skills and abilities.
2. As a professional within this industry, it is important to be a part of the BC career development practitioner community and industry as a whole and being a CCDP is a great way to show your inclusion and solidarity.
3. Your work with clients is important work, and being a CCDP gives your client the security of knowing that they are working with a qualified professional. This need isn't going away because the funding looks different.
I obviously strongly believe in the credential and in the people who hold a CCDP. I hope that people continue to certify and re-certify to ensure that the CCDP credential maintains the credibility it has worked so hard to build.