Career Consultant Certificate - 076

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
career consultant advises an employee
Program Length Approximately 2 years
Cost Approximately $300 per course plus textbooks
Intakes Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May)
Application Process Students must apply and be accepted prior to registering. Visit the Admission and Registration tab for details


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Working in a variety of settings, career practitioners work to provide support to individuals in need of employment, career advancement and training guidance.

Career development has become a unique specialty that continues to evolve alongside economic and labour market changes. This program will interest individuals with experience in career development who wish to enhance their skills, and those in human service areas wishing to add these competencies to their employment profile. If you currently work in Education, Human Resources, Social Services, and Career Information Centres, Recruitment Firms, Employment Agencies, Rehabilitation and Multicultural Settings, you should find this program valuable.

The Career Development Measurement and Assessment course (CREDCAR06) provides you with the credentials required to purchase assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory, which is an assessment frequently used by practitioners in Ontario. Other assessments you will be able to purchase upon completion of this course are Aptitude, Ability, and Interest Assessments. You will be instructed in your course on how to purchase these assessments after successful completion of CREDCAR06.

Program Highlights

  • Learn about the Labour Market and National Occupational Codes
  • Develop your counseling skills to assist individuals to achieve their dream jobs or careers
  • Discover career development and digital resources to enhance your referrals
  • Build your tools and techniques in resume development and career counseling
  • Enhance your proficiencies and practice your individual and group facilitation skills
  • Learn new measurement and assessment tools
Contact Continuing Education

Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business

  • A degree or diploma in a related area is recommended.
  • You must be accepted into the program to be able to register for courses.
  • Please complete the application page and include either a copy of online course marks or a digital transcript to receive a conditional offer.
  • Original, official transcripts (in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution) must be submitted in order to receive an official, and final, offer for the program.
  • If Applicable:

    • Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada, must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application.
    • All applicants submitting international transcripts must also provide an official and sealed credential evaluation report. This can be coordinated through any of the following:
    • An official English Language Proficiency score report outlining a minimum grade of 7 in all components.
    • Other information or documents may be requested to determine your eligibility.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Review, analyze and apply knowledge of ethics to various career coaching and counselling situations, using the Canadian Standard and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioner Code of Ethics.
Credits: 1
Course description: Survey current theories of career development, with an emphasis on dominant concepts and the accompanying processes. Examine the history, current thinkers in the field, life-span development, decision-making, and adaptation to change.
Credits: 3
Course description: Integrate attributes of career development resources by examining print and electronic information sources available. Develop expertise in accessing relevant information using computer programs to guide individuals through the career decision-making and work search process. Compile timely and accurate career development resources information by creating a Career Resources Compendium.
Credits: 3
Course description: Enhance basic job search strategies with new approaches for locating and securing employment in the new economy. Develop expertise in using skill-based resumes, behaviour description interviewing techniques and portfolio development to assist your clients to reach their job search goals. 42 hours.
Credits: 3
Course description: One-to-one helping relationships with clients demand expertise in skills such as: active listening, establishing rapport, attending to non-verbal cues, open and closed questioning and goal setting. Examine the practitioner's experience during the helping relationship, ethical issues, standards of practice and making appropriate referrals.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: COUNTC104
Course description: Combine theory and practice to discover the key competencies required to deliver effective group sessions on career development. Focus on effective group facilitation techniques, adult learning theories, stages of group development, group member roles, and methods of managing challenging group participants.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: COUNTC105
Course description: Examine various professional assessment instruments, their application, scoring, interpretation and limitations. Upon completion of this course there may be additional requirements needed before you have the right to purchase or use these tools. Fee includes assessment materials.
Credits: 3
Course description: Examine various social, economic and technological trends and the impact of change on the world of work. Learn to help clients understand the labour market and exercise control over their situation.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: CRED10103
Course description: Career Consultants have the opportunity to work with individuals from many diverse groups. Prepare to advise clients with specific needs and examine and address possible barriers to employment. Legislative regulations will be discussed including The Ontario Human Rights Code, Conflict Resolution and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Credits: 3

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path. Courses may be taken in any order.

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep - Dec)
(Jan - Apr)
(May - Aug)
CRED10100 Ethics in Career Consulting     MyCanvas
CREDCAR01 Theories of Career Development   MyCanvas  
CREDCAR02 Career Development Resources   MyCanvas  
CREDCAR03 Work Search Tools and Techniques     MyCanvas
CREDCAR04 Individual Helping Relationship MyCanvas    
CREDCAR05 Group Facilitation Skills     MyCanvas
CREDCAR06 Career Development Measurement and Assessment MyCanvas    
CREDCAR07 Socio Economic Change and Response MyCanvas    
CREDCAR08 Diversity in the Workplace   MyCanvas  
Getting Started

Visit CE Get Started, your go-to online resource for getting started. You’ll find information on online tools and the wide range of student services available to you to support your success as a Mohawk College student and to help you achieve your future goals!

Login to MyMohawk
MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Access Mohawk Email
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to Mohawk email. Visit the Getting Started – Mohawk Email Guide to learn how to set up your account on your devices.

Access MyCanvas
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to MyCanvas, Mohawk College’s Learning Management System. Visit the Getting Started - MyCanvas Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Find your Textbook
Use the Mohawk College Textbook Search to find your course materials. 

Explore Contacts and Services

Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the MyCanvas Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop awareness of yourself, gain greater insight into who you are and experience personal growth
  • Discover how Career Consultants/Practitioners facilitate positive changes in the lives of others
  • Learn to understand the needs of the labour market and how to direct individuals to find employment that matches their skills and abilities to the needs of the labour market and industry
  • Build your skills in assessment and measurement of career resources to better support individuals looking for employment opportunities
  • Gain core helping skills such as interviewing, assessing the needs of others, working effectively with groups, and assisting communities to change
  • Develop the ability to document, build effective case management strategies and techniques and work within government requirements for legal and ethical frameworks of program delivery
  • Understand the importance of respecting the uniqueness and dignity of all people in helping them achieve their career goals

*This information can be helpful for your resume or for interview talking points in this field.

Academic Opportunities


Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Diploma (Intensive), Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs are eligible to enroll into the Career Consultant program:


View the pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.

Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment:

  • Employment Ontario Services Providers/Agencies
  • Human Resource departments
  • Counselling or career counselling professions
  • Educational institutions
  • Recruitment firms
  • Social services organizations
  • Employment agencies
  • WSIB and Rehabilitation services

Did you know? 

  • In Ontario, 71% of Career Service Professionals make $40,001 - $85,000 (link)
  • Career Service Professionals with college certificates are on the rise (link)

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank.