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Practice Analysis Survey for Professionals Delivering Career Management Services to Employees, Clients and College Students

NSCM releases Practice Analysis Study to measure minimum competency of Professionals in Career Management (PCMs). Seeking career service providers to complete survey.

Austin, TX, May 18, 2010 --( The National Society of Career Management (NSCM) is a national professional association of Professionals in Career Management (PCMs). The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) of the NSCM oversees the development, administration, and scoring of the PCM Examination. The PCM Examination was first made available by the NSCM in June 2008. The administration of the Examination is to enhance the national prestige of the PCM designation and foster the practice of career management services.

The PCM Examination is a certification examination designed to measure minimum competency and helps to establish the PCM certificate as evidence of professional qualification. The purpose of the Examination is to ensure that individuals seeking certification have demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level PCM to protect the public interest in a rapidly changing business environment. The PCM Examination is a 4-hour examination and covers seven sections: Strategic Career Management, Client Engagement, Exploration, Career Discovery and Alignment, Program Development and Planning, Branding, and Job Search Implementation. A candidate must pass all seven sections of the Examination to be eligible for certification.

Purpose of the Study
The Professional in Career Management Practice Analysis Study has two major purposes. First, it is designed to describe the important tasks performed by entry-level PCMs and the knowledge and skills required for competent performance. Second, it will provide important data needed to update content and skill specifications for future versions of the PCM Examination as well as aid in the documentation of the validity of the Examination. This practice analysis is designed to reflect the demands of current practice and provide data to ensure that future revisions of the PCM Examination continue to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent entry-level performance.

For the purpose of identifying the domain of tasks, knowledge and skills necessary to protect the public interest, an entry-level PCM is defined as one who has fulfilled the applicable educational requirements and has the knowledge and skills typically possessed by a person with two years of experience.

The National Society of Career Management is improving the credibility and standards for the career management profession. NSCM needs the assistance of career service providers to complete the practice analysis survey.

The survey is web-based and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. NSCM is seeking people who provide career services to the general public, students and employees. Some relevant occupations include:

Career Counselor/Coach
Human Resource Professional
Organizational Development Professional
Licensed Professional Counselor
Outplacement Professional
Recruitment Professional
Industrial Psychologist
Executive Coach
Employee Assistance Professional

People can access the survey anonymously or provide their name and e-mail to receive a copy of the final report.

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National Society of Career Management
Linda Ginac

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