Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways
A discussion document was presented at the 2019 AGM. The purpose of the document was to explore entry-level qualifications and membership pathways. It provides a comparison of international career development associations’ membership criteria and pathways to membership. In doing this it includes a broad analysis of current career development qualifications relevant to members, and draws on the scan of career-specific qualifications identified and analysed by Pip Jamieson in 2016. Taken from a wider international landscape scan presented by Dr Val O’Reilly and Amanda Smidt in 2018, it uses two international case study career practitioner associations. These are used as a point of reference to identify their approach to categories of membership, entry-level qualifications, direct and alternative pathways to membership and evidencing career practitioner competencies. The outcome is then compared with CDANZ membership criteria.
The comparison suggests that, for professional membership, CDANZ is out of step with the international career development community, in particular it has a lower entry requirement than practitioner associations in other OECD countries, and which does not meet the commonly accepted definitions of a profession. Additionally, current membership categories and entry criteria preclude many who practise career development from joining CDANZ.
To better align with definitions of a profession and international standards for professional membership, as well as enabling a range of competent practitioners to join CDANZ, this report recommends the following:
- Revise current membership categories
- Revise entry level qualifications
- Require CDANZ applicants to evidence their competence against the Competency Framework
- Create alternative pathways to membership
Means for implementing these recommendations, as well as their impacts and implications are suggested in the discussion document - available to download here.
Next Steps - An Operational Project Team (OPT) has been formed to continue the consultation around ELQ&MP and prepare for any possible future implementation, should membership choose to support this project. The OPT is co-led by Caroline Sandford and Lauren Hughes. Details of all consultation can be found on this page. The team welcome your queries or ideas any time - firstname.lastname@example.org