Career Development Association of New Zealand


Career Competencies

Career Competencies 

People working in the career development industry are required to continuously enhance their knowledge and skills to work effectively and appropriately within their environment. Competencies define professional practice, provide guidance for the professional performance of effective career practitioners and act as a framework for professional development. A competent career practitioner has acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to work autonomously with clients on the full range of client issues. This competency framework demonstrates the level required of professional membership status and is designed to help practitioners articulate/demonstrate their level of expertise. Also expected is an understanding and recognition of the diverse population of our client base.

Competencies Required for Professional Membership

1.0 Professional Knowledge

1.1 Career Theory and Career Development Knowledge

  • Applies, articulates and integrates a range of career theories and associated models to practice.
  • Identifies and articulates how change and transition affect clients moving through the career process.
  • Identifies and integrates major components of the career planning process.
  • Applies, articulates and identifies how life roles and values impact career development.
  • Facilitates the learning of others, using a wide variety of innovative strategies.

1.2 Career Information and Resource Management

  • Relates, applies and evaluates career information and resources relevant to client needs.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current trends, literature, research and developments within the national and international world of work.
  • Identifies the major organisations, resources and community-based services for career development.
  • May produce career information and resources that support career practitioners in their work and that adds value to NZ career development.

1.3 Tools/Techniques

  • Applies and integrates into personal practice a range of assessment tools and associated techniques appropriate to client needs and situations.
  • Evaluate the technical merits and limitations of tools used.
  • May develop assessment tools and associated techniques appropriate to the NZ career context.
  • May facilitate developing practitioners to use effectively a range of assessment tools and associated techniques.

2.0 Helping Skills

  • Applies assessment and counselling skills within a sound personal theory of practice to assist clients individually and/or in groups to:
    • Clarify their needs.
    • Build their decision-making competence.
    • Set goals and strategies for personal success.
    • Foster self-reliance and self-management.
  • May demonstrate advanced micro-counselling skills in a range of settings (e.g. supervision, teaching, managing, coaching, peer review).

3.0 Relationship Management

  • Develops and maintains a network in a range of professional settings.
  • Models best practice relationships and professional networks by liaising with relevant bodies, for example:
    • Careers and Transition Education Association (Aotearoa) NZ Ltd (CATE)
    • New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
    • Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)
    • International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG)
    • National Career Development Association (NCDA)
    • Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ)

4.0 Professional Practice and Development

  • Maintains currency as a career professional through further education and professional development activities.Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Keeps up-to-date with technology.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the unique cultural context of Aotearoa and responds appropriately to diverse populations.
  • Demonstrates the ability to reflect on, and evaluate one’s own practice.
  • Contributes to the professional development of colleagues.
  • Applies CDANZ Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of needs assessment and referral, and will refer clients to the appropriate sources when required.
  • Maintains currency with relevant legislation which relates to their practice e.g. Privacy Act, Employment Relations Act, Flexible Working Arrangements Act.
  • May provide leadership in the professional development of colleagues.
  • May demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills as a career professional and in areas of specialization.