Career and Work Counsellor Program (C109)

Career and Work Counsellor Program
School of Social and Community Services
St James Campus
16 months (4 semesters)
Ontario College Diploma
This program is designed for working career counsellors who require credentials, or those who wish to enter the field. This unique16-month program runs year-round and is broken down into focused and practical modules.

Full Program Description


This program is geared toward individuals wanting to work in the field of career counselling – or those who are already working in a related field but lack the appropriate education. The course schedule has been revised to allow completion in just 16 months (12 months for fast-track entrants). The program runs year-round and is delivered in modular fashion in semesters 2, 3 and 4.

Individuals working in the field of career and work counselling must be informed about current educational and occupational trends in order to make appropriate referrals and utilize vocational assessment tools with their clients. This program exposes students to individual and group career counselling theory and practice.

Through classroom study and supervised placements, students are prepared to deliver career counselling services that are professional, informed and current. Students learn to advise and counsel others on career planning, career change, career revision and school-to-work transition, as well as career change related to injury, illness, inappropriate career choice or job loss. Topics covered include job-search preparation, career management, human rights legislation and diversity.

The career-work focus of this program reflects the rapidly changing field of career counselling, and addresses the special, diverse requirements of the Greater Toronto Area.

This program is unique in Ontario. 

Part Time Study Options  

This program can be taken part-time, weekday evenings and Saturdays at St. James Campus. The part-time program generally takes three to four years to complete. For more information and to begin the application process, call 416-415-5000 (or 1-800-265-2002), ext. 2185. We also offer a part-time Constructivist Career Counselling (Postgraduate) certificate. The part-time option also offers certificates based on national standards and guidelines.


Course Outline

Required Courses 

CARC1001     Overview: Career and Work Counselling
GSSC1104      Work and Life: A Career Counselling Perspective
GSSC1105      Introduction to Psychology
COMM1007   College English
COMP1082     Computer Skills and Application
GNED             General Education electives (choose two)

CARC1005     Individual Career Counselling – Skills and Process I
CARC2003     Theory and Practice of Job Search
CARC1017     Individual Career Counselling – Skills and Process II
CARC2001     Group Career Counselling
CARC1013     Assessment in Career Counselling: Statistics and Tests
CARC2007     Managing Change and Transition
CARC2014     Special Topics I

CARC2016     Career and Work Counselling with Special Needs Clients
CARC1009     Career Development Theory I
CARC1019     Resources in the Field
PREP1004      Field Integration I
CARC1024     Practicum I (10 weeks block placement)
CARC2038     Special Topics II

CARC2022     Assessment in Career Counselling: Tests and Interpretations
CARC2032     Theory and Practice of Job Search II
CARC1021     Career and Work Counselling with Diverse Populations
CARC2005     Career and Work Equity Issues
CARC2040     Advanced Facilitation
PREP2001      Field Integration II
CARC2012     Practicum II (8 weeks block placement)

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates are prepared for a variety of employment settings, from corporate career services to community agencies. They may find work as career counsellors, career development practitioners, career technicians, worker rehabilitation assistants, corporate career planners, job search facilitators, employment counsellors, vocational assessors, career specialists or career information service providers. Eighty-five per cent of graduates have found work in the field.

Future Study Options 

For further information on future study options, see 

Tuition and Fees


$5, 157.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amount listed is for three semesters.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2011. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2012 and at later dates.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

School of Social & Community Services Admission Requirements and Fees 2012-2013

How Do I Apply to the Program  

Note: Some of our student placement partners require students in this program to have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which are done by police in the jurisdiction of your permanent address, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary according to jurisdiction and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

“Graduates have a good understanding of the challenges and issues facing the unemployed. George Brown graduates bring practical knowledge, experience and sensitivity to their work environment.”

Anat Wertheim Vice-President, Program Development
Jewish Vocational Services of Metro Toronto

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Call the School of Social & Community Services
at 416-415-5000, ext. 2185 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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