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About the Career Advising Program

During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our Spring and Summer courses to an online or hybrid format. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system.

Career Development is an interdisciplinary field which takes into account workplace dynamics and individual growth and change. Career Advisors help focus clients’ skills, interests and values while teaching them how to gather information about workplace options and helping them develop strategies to reach their career goals.

UC San Diego Extension’s Career Advising Specialized Certificate Program is designed for Career Advisors (including WIB/Workforce Partnership Career Advisors) and professionals in career advising roles to bring them the latest information on current economic trends, coaching techniques, career-building strategies, and interpersonal communications.

 

Career Advisors work with individuals in all stages of work or life, including those transitioning fields, students looking for their first job, veterans re-entering the job market, or individuals facing retirement. The diversity of clients reflects the dynamic and evolving workforce in the U.S. This program provides an organized and comprehensive approach to information, theories and best practices in career development.

  • Education to impact day-to-day and long term productivity and professional growth
  • Share and learn from peers, gaining best practices, new perspectives, strengthened relationships and new contacts
  • Develop skills to serve an increasing diverse customer base with widely varying needs
  • Learn the competencies of the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) national credential

Students completing the program are eligible to receive the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) certification through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). The CWDP is a nationally recognized credential for individuals who have demonstrated they have what it takes to provide the highest quality services to our nation's job seekers and businesses.

Estimated Cost: $2,685

Duration: 9 Months

Contact
Department
Executive Programs and Corporate Education
Phone
858-534-9151
Email
corped@ucsd.edu

Courses

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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid

Foundation Principles for Career AdvisorsBUSA-40801

Units: 4.00

$895

This course will explore the basic skills required to perform effectively as a Career Advisor. Career Development is an interdisciplinary field which takes into account workplace dynamics and individu...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall

Skill Development for Career AdvisorsBUSA-40806

Units: 4.00

$895

This course will provide information for knowledge of basic skills required to perform effectively as a Career Advisor. Career advisors help focus clients skills, interests and values, while teaching...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

Specialty Areas for Career AdvisorsBUSA-40810

Units: 4.00

$895

This course will provide information designed to introduce and educate Career Advisors about innovative programs and resources created to assist targeted populations and specialty areas, including: Ve...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

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Conditions for Admission

Admittance by application only. For questions, please contact Darlene Hammon at drhammon@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9151.

Certificate Guidelines

Career Advisors will participate in 3 courses approximately 100 hours of instruction and coursework over 3 quarters and will earn 12 academic credits from UC San Diego Extension. Courses have been created using Canvas, a learning management system software application that enables educational course content to be delivered over the internet (online).

Together, students and instructors will be creating a learning community where ideas and concepts are shared using various online learning approaches, including structured activities, varied readings, group discussions and lectures.

Knowledge of powerpoint recommended but not required.

Benefit of Career Advisor Education to the WIB System

A dynamic organization with highly-skilled and capable staff allows WIBs and their One-Stops to:

  • Quickly respond to the changing demands of the workplace
  • Innovate from the ground up (not top down)
  • Gather strength from collective knowledge
  • Seek continuous improvement through principles imbedded in plans and culture
  • Close the skill gap of staff, raising the bar for high performance and fostering employee engagement
  • Staff a state-of-the-art One-Stop with requisite talent
  • Leverage Capstone projects as roadmaps for process improvement
  • Create a team of problem solvers and the next generation of leaders
  • Immediately applicable skills

Course Order

Foundation Principles | BUSA 40801 | 9/28/20 – 12/12/20
Skill Development | BUSA 40806 | 1/4/21 – 3/20/21
Specialty Areas | BUSA 40810 | 3/29/21 – 6/12/21
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who should take this program?

Students completing the program are eligible to receive the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) certification through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). The CWDP is a nationally recognized credential for individuals who have demonstrated they have what it takes to provide the highest quality services to our nation's job seekers and businesses.

Are the classes on-line?

Yes, all of the courses are on-line and have been created using Canvas— a learning management system software application that enables educational course content to be delivered over the internet (online). 

On a weekly basis, students must logon and review the lectures, activities and complete the assignments for that week. Together, students and instructors will be creating a learning community where ideas and concepts are shared using various online learning approaches, including structured activities, varied readings, group discussions and lectures.



 

Do I need to complete an application?

Yes, the application must be submitted and accepted prior to course enrollment. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.

 

How much does the program cost?

Each course is $895. Students pay for each of the 3 individual courses at the time of enrollment.

 

Advisory Board

Andy Hall, M.B.A.

Vice President and Chief Program Officer

San Diego Workforce Partnership

Virginia Hamilton

Regional Administrator

US Department of Labor

Reg Javier

Deputy Executive Director

San Bernardino County

Bob Lanter

Executive Director

California Workforce Association

Mike Lawrence

Executive Director (Interim)

NAWDP

David McMunn

Deputy Director

Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County

Adam Peck, M.P.Adm.

Executive Director

Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.