International Career Development Designations

Crosswalk Between Online Courses and 
International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

global computer technology conceptThe international Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) established a set of competencies that practitioners across the globe require in order to provide quality educational and vocational guidance services.  Individuals who can show their competency levels and along with education and experience are eligible to receive the Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP) certification. The certificate is managed by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).

The competencies are in two categories – Core and Specialized. The core competencies reflect the minimum knowledge and skill levels for the certification.  These tend to be pitched at the introductory level.  Applicants who wish to demonstrate competence in the specialized areas need to show extensive training and/or professional experience in one or more of the specialized areas.

The certificate is good for 3 years and renewal requires 30 clock hours of continuing education in at least one of the EVGP competency areas.

Recently a crosswalk between the core and specialized competencies for the EVGP certification versus the online courses was conducted. Persons completing the courses in the core and specialized competency areas receive a certificate indicating that the course was successfully completed. This certificate of completion can be used to help verify the required knowledge and skills in the competency. The associated clock hours are based on the specifications outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the crosswalk was reviewed by the Center for Credentialing and Education, the administering institution.

Below is the crosswalk along with more expansive descriptions of the core and specialized competencies. Details on the courses along with the description, learning objectives, and clock hours can be found at







  1. Demonstrate ethical behavior and professional conduct in the fulfillment of roles and responsibilities
  2. Demonstrate advocacy and leadership in advancing clients’ learning, career development and personal concerns
  3. Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of clients’ cultural differences to interact effectively with all populations
  4. Integrate theory and research into practice in guidance, career development, counselling, and consultation
  5. Skills to design, implement and evaluate guidance and counselling programs and interventions
  6. Demonstrate awareness of his/her own capacity and limitations
  7. Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues or clients, using the appropriate level of language
  8. Knowledge of updated information on educational, training, employment trends, labor market, and social issues
  9. Social and cross-cultural sensitiveness
  10. Skills to cooperate effectively in a team of professionals
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of lifelong career development process


  1. Assessment: Analysis of the characteristics and needs of the individual group to whom the program is addressed, and also of the context where they are inserted, including all agents involved. The aim is to integrate and evaluate data from inventories, tests, interviews, scales and other techniques that measure an individual’s abilities, aptitudes, barriers, life roles, interests, personality, values, attitudes, educational achievements, skills and other relevant information. This specialization includes the related but distinct competency of test interpretation; that is, explaining to a client the results of an assessment and their implications.
  2. Educational Guidance: Assisting individuals to select courses, make educational plans, overcome learning difficulties, and prepare for post-secondary education, training or entry into the workforce. Guidance is often done in large groups, in contrast to counseling which is more often done with individuals or small groups.
    3. Career Development: Fostering the attitudes, beliefs, and competencies that facilitate mastery of vocational development tasks, the ability to plan and adaptation to work-role transitions over the life-span. It typically uses a developmental model.
    4. Counselling: Prompting self-reflection to clarify self-concepts, identify options, make decisions, and resolve difficulties.
    5. Information Management: Collecting, organizing, maintaining, and disseminating information pertinent to education, training, occupations, and employment opportunities; coaching clients in its effective use.
    6. Consultation and Coordination: Providing information, guidance, and professional advice to parents, teachers, school administrators, and employers who wish to facilitate the educational progress and career development of their charges. Organizing and managing school and community personnel to create referral sources for students regarding programs, services and networks.
    7. Research and Evaluation: Studying issues related to guidance and counseling, such as learning processes, vocational behavior and its development, values, etc. Examining the effectiveness of interventions.
    8. Program and Service Management: Designing, implementing, supervising and evaluating interventions to address the needs of a target population.
    9. Community Capacity Building: Encouraging collaboration between community partners to assess human capital and community needs, as well as developing plans to address the economic, social, educational, and employment goals of the community.
    10. Placement: Supporting individuals in their efforts to obtain occupational positions by teaching job search skills and creating employment opportunities.


In addition to the online, self-paced courses from, the continuing education provider also offers webinars that are related to the core specialized competencies. Visit to see the descriptions and learning objectives of the live and recorded webinars.

To learn more about the certification, visit


Dr. Janet Wall is Founder of, a provider of continuing education for career, academic, and workforce counselors and advisers. She is co-author of the Ability Explorer which helps people match their abilities to careers, and she is a consultant in career development and education.


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