Career Development Policy (CDS Policy)

The Career Development Policy was developed amongst other things to build an integrated CDS System for South Africa to ensure that all citizens, including youth, students, underemployed workers and unemployed citizens have access to quality career information and career service.

Southern African Career Development Association: Continuing Professional Development Policy

The Southern African Career Development Association (SACDA) developed the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Policy as it acknowledges that we live in a dynamic and ever-changing world, and thus career development practitioners need to engage in lifelong learning in order to provide quality services to client and stake holders. SACDA proposes that practitioners can enhance their knowledge and skills by attending either conferences, workshops, professional mentoring, reading professional publications, academic study in the field of career development, writing or presenting professional papers, engaging in professional supervision, active membership of SACDA, career development advisory bodies and other relevant committees, research activities, and study tours/visits and exchange or other relevant programs. The SACDA is still at a developmental level, however it promises to provide platforms for CPDs. The SACDA has proposed a minimum of 15 hours of CPD hours per year for each career practitioner.

Southern African Career Development Association: Ethical Standards for Career Development Practitioners

The SACDA provides a Code of Ethics which is aimed at equipping practitioners with guidelines to gauge ethical behaviour. The ethical standards are consistent with ethical statements from related professions and likewise are concerned with improving the worth, dignity, potential and uniqueness of clients. The document addresses various ethical guidelines and it acknowledges that it does not address every ethical conflict that a practitioner may be confronted with in the professional sphere. Amongst others, the code of ethics included the following topics: ethical responsibilities to clients, attitudes to colleagues and professional associates, attitudes to government and other community agencies, responsibilities to research and related processes, and responsibilities as an individual practitioner.

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