Certification: Does it Really Improve Practice?
November 4, 2021 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
The access link for this session will appear for registered attendees on November 4.
This session will share the preliminary findings of the Capacity & Credentialing: The Evidence Base for Career Development Training and Certification in NS research project. This collaboration between the NSCDA and the Centre for Employment Innovation is examining the impact of the NSCDA’s Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) program on career development practice in Nova Scotia. Since 2015, there have been a variety of initiatives within Nova Scotia Works to ensure more equitable availability of services, including the inception of a rigorous training program for Nova Scotia Works staff, and mandatory certification for all client-facing staff working in any provincially-funded service centre. As in many other professions, it is accepted that holding a professional designation such as CCDP indicates to one’s employers, peers, and the general public that your knowledge and practice is held to a certain high standard; it is seen to be a quality assurance move that will improve service. In the six years since the NSCDA’s CCDP program was first launched, anecdotal evidence suggests that certification, and/or the preparation to undergo the process, is indeed having a beneficial impact on practice. This research project wants to find out if there is evidence to support this.
Dr. Paula Romanow has been Manager of Research and Evaluation at the Centre for Employment Innovation within St FX’s Coady Institute since it opened in April, 2017. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the NSCDA, where she along with others was instrumental in the development and piloting of the CCDP program. In her current role, Paula has oversight for all research and evaluation activities being undertaken by the CEI and its employment ecosystem partners.
Teresa Francis bio and photo required.
Marian Turniawan joined the team at the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) as a research coordinator in April 2021. She has a BA in International Studies from Glendon College, York University, and an MA in Geography from Syracuse University. Although born and raised in Antigonish, NS, Marian spent most of the last 15 years studying and working in different parts of North America and Asia. As research coordinator, Marian supports projects at the CEI through research and developmental evaluation and has been collaborating with partners at the NSCDA on the Capacity & Credentialing research project, exploring the impacts of the certification process on CDPs’ day-to-day practice to help inform future policy and the NSCDA’s certification program.
Victoria Colley bio and photo required.