Full-time, in class Career Development Practitioner Certificate: Employment Services

Make a difference as a career development practitioner

Ning's dedicated work earned her the 2018 Emerging Career Practitioner of the Year award. Read her story

If you enjoy working with people and are looking for a rewarding career in employment counselling or career development, SFU's 14-week intensive Career Development Practitioner Certificate: Employment Services provides the perfect foundation. Our fast-track program is also ideal for those wanting a quick and effective career transition. Ten focused courses and workshops cover a variety of essential career topics:

  • Jim Bright's Chaos Theory of Careers
  • Formal and informal career assessment
  • Bruce Tuckman's four stages of group development
  • The one-stop service delivery model in B.C.
  • Effective case management skills
  • The Integrated Case Management system workshop
  • Report writing and billable hour management
Tomoko Kajiyama has found a meaningful career in working with at-risk youth. Read her story

Develop your skills during a professional practicum

A professional practicum in an employment service agency will give you three weeks of invaluable experience in the field as well as vital networking opportunities. You'll graduate ready to facilitate, implement and plan career development programs, including the major government-funded programs.

Earn or maintain a career designation

When you complete our program, you will be awarded the Career Development Practitioner Certificate from SFU, entitling you to full SFU alumni benefits. Our program will also prepare you to pursue two professional designations:

The program can also help you maintain a designation. Each course except Practicum I is preapproved for continuing education credits from Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC) and the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP).

Recognized university training

In 2010, our program was honoured with a Program Excellence Award from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE). Established over 14 years ago, SFU's Career Development Practitioner program attracts a team of leading instructors, all of whom have over 10 years of related career experience. We offer our program from SFU's conveniently located Surrey campus, where you can access a full range of university resources. 

Join our supportive alumni network

Our graduates stay connected long after they've left our classrooms. Over the years, our alumni have built a strong and supportive network, helping one another with job searches, advice and more. We also enjoy keeping in touch with our grads and encouraging their further growth with regular professional development opportunities.