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    Career Development Framework

    The Career Development Framework is the career education and development policy framework created for Saudi Arabia based on extensive local, national and international research and consultation. The CDF identifies the ten career management competencies individuals need to manage their careers across the lifespan. The CDF enables careers practitioners and service providers to identify the objectives and outcomes that underpin and guide their service delivery. 

    Career development knowledge

    The key theories, frameworks and models relating to career development that are used and recognized by qualified careers practitioners and professionals in related fields. Career development knowledge spans published, recognized literature and accepted models and frameworks used by the local, national and international careers profession.

    Career education and development

    Career Education is a planned program of learning and development experiences to assist students to make informed decisions about their study and/or work options and enable effective participation in working life.

    Career development is the lifelong process of managing learning (both formal and informal) and work (both paid and unpaid) in order to move toward a preferred future. Career education and development is the combination of learning and work experiences, options and aspirations that shape an individual’s growth and development. Career education and development spans the lifespan from childhood through to end of career, and is essential to the ability to actively and confidently self-manage one’s career in order to attain goals.

    Career service

    A career service is any one-on-one or group-based activity – facilitated by a qualified careers practitioner – which aims to assist individuals of any age or status to make effective decisions regarding education and training pathways, occupational and job opportunities, and to manage transitions in their careers at any stage in their lives. Career services might include: Career education classes, career counselling, career guidance or coaching, job search assistance, job placement services, and professional development offered within organisations.

    Careers practitioner

    Careers practitioners are qualified members of the career education and development profession. Careers practitioners may be experts based on qualifications and experience in career education and development, however many careers practitioners are dual professionals who also have expertise in related fields such as human resources, education including schooling or post-secondary education, student support, psychology, social work, or job placement. Careers practitioners empower individuals and groups at all ages and stages to develop the confidence and ability to navigate and negotiate the labour and education markets and to develop effective career management skills.

    Community of practice

    A group of individuals who share common interests and goals (for instance, belonging to the same profession or related fields), and who are committed to sharing ideas and knowledge. Communities of practice ease the process of knowledge transfer through informal and formal communication channels, and provide support for the growth of new talent within the community.


    Knowledge, skills and attitudes an individual must possess in order to perform effectively within a particular field of activity or practice. Career education and development competencies are the knowledge, skills and attitudes an individual needs to effectively self-manage their career. The competency framework articulated in the Professional Standards for Career Practitioners identifies the knowledge, skills and attitudes practitioners must possess in order to practise as a member of the profession.


    In the context of delivery of a service, confidentiality refers to due consideration being given to the sensitivity of personal and private information, and the treatment of this information as private (or confidential), unless the client gives consent for the service provider to disclose this information to other parties.

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    Data storage

    The process of recording and keeping data, whether in hard copy or digital form, and in a manner that allows the data to be accessed and utilised for future need.

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    The combination of skills, experiences and attributes that enable individuals to gain employment and progress within the organisation (and the labour market) to achieve their potential and contribute to the development of others. These generic skills can be transferred across organisations and work roles.

    Ethical Code

    An Ethical Code defines the characteristics and values of a profession or organisation, and the behaviours, attitudes, processes and procedures that reflect and consolidate these values. The Ethical Code for Careers Practitioners is values based, ensuring fair and unbiased services are delivered to all individuals, regardless of their background, aspirations, abilities or talents. The Ethical Code is the centrepiece of the competency framework for careers practitioners.

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    Informed consent

    Permission provided by a client, participant or other user of a product, having been made aware of any risks, costs or other conditions of accessing or using a service or product, that they agree to the terms and conditions surrounding access to that service or product.

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    A formal authorisation granted by a governing body that enables a practitioner or service to perform their work. Licenced careers practitioners and career services must demonstrate compliance with current professional and service standards through a licence application process.

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    A professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another less-experienced person (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.


    The systematic observation and review of a practice, program or objective over time to track its progress, changes and/or achievements. Monitoring usually involves explicit collection of data that can then be used at a later date as part of an evaluation process.

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    Needs assessment

    A systemic process to determine the actions/approach necessary to adequately address the requirements of an individual, audience, population or other target group.

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    Professional development

    Learning opportunities that are pursued either as part of a position of professional employment, or as part of a more general vocational commitment to a particular profession or career path. It can encompass learning opportunities such as coaching consultation, communities of practice, mentoring, supervision, conferences, formal or non-formal coursework, and informal learning.

    Professional membership

    Recognition of an individual’s status as a qualified careers practitioner within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Members of the profession may be student members, provisional members, full members, or supervisors who together form the community of practice as individuals with a range of levels of training, expertise and/or experience.

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    Quality assurance

    Quality assurance involves the systems and procedures designed and implemented by organisations and individuals to ensure that products and services are of a consistent standard and are being continuously improved.

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    A formal process for certifying that a person or entity meets particular standards required for practice or use.

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    A defined level, measure, norm or benchmark, the demonstration of which signifies that an object or person has attained a certain level of quality or attainment. 

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