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Career Practitioners / Teachers


Career Practitioners play a significant role in helping people of all ages to manage learning and work throughout their lives. They provide advice, guidance and counselling relating to a wide range of matters, such as career planning and management, personal development and looking for work.

Who Oversees Career Development Practitioner Certification?

Currently, anyone practicing in the area might identify as a career practitioner, However, the need for standard qualification and regulation for the profession and other practitioners is evident in South Africa. Although there is no national certifying body for Career Development Practitioners as yet, the South African Career Development Association (SACDA) has just been established for that purpose.

The SACDA provides a national advocacy voice for the career development profession. It promotes career development in the Southern African region.

Where do Career Development Practitioners work?

Career Development Practitioners work in a range of settings including: schools, TVET colleges, universities, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Department of Labour and in some NGOs and private practice.

Competency Framework for Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) in South Africa

The development of a competency framework for Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) in South Africa is set in the context of a growing awareness in South Africa and internationally that career development services may assist with labour market challenges related to the transition from school and university to the workforce and unemployment. Career development services can assist individuals develop career management skills that include decision making, transition, and career planning skills. To know more about the competency Framework for CDPs click here

Career Development Practitioners CPD Policy

Career Development Practitioners Code of Ethics

Where can I find Career Advice Centres?