Practicum 1

Under the supervision of the instructor and supervisor, you will spend three weeks unpaid in an employment program - some examples are such as a WorkBC centre, a specialized program such as those for newcomers or youth, or a post-secondary career centre. This is your opportunity to observe and job shadow, as well as see how concepts, tools and approaches learned in class may be applied to client engagement and support. You will also keep a journal to practice critical-thinking skills and reflect on your experience and learning. This practicum will help further develop your professional identity as you learn from a wide variety of career practitioners and observe the broad array of job roles in the career services field.

NOTE: You must be a resident of B.C. and legally entitled to work in Canada in order to complete the practicum. A criminal record check is usually required for the practicum and any associated costs are the responsibility of the student. 

Spring 2022 (April–July 2022) update: Practicum experience is a key component of the program, and we are working with practicum employers on how best to support our students and their practicums. Depending on the employer’s ability to accommodate, you will either:

  • Complete your practicum in the office, if organizations can accommodate students on-site
  • Complete your practicum online, if organizations have moved their services online and can accommodate students remotely


Location: Variable
Duration: 3 weeks
Available only to students enrolled in:
Career Development Practitioner Certificate