Joint Career Development Program

The Joint Career Development Program (JCDP) is a one-of-a-kind program which allocates $1 million worth of training every year to members covered by the FI Collective Agreement. This funding was secured in the collective agreement by ACFO-ACAF in 2016 and the program is co-managed by ACFO-ACAF and the Office of the Comptroller General. Originally launched in September 2017, the program has seen thousands of financial officers from more than 60 departments receive training. In 2020-21, more than 2,000 members benefitted from the program.

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The deadline to apply for the second round of training is Monday, September 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. All applicants will then go into a random draw to assign training based on your stated preferences and successful applicants will be contacted throughout the fall.

JCDP 2021-22: Available training options (Round 2)

Please note: All training dates will be taking place online. While priority will be given to CT-FINs who have yet to receive training under the JCDP, program participants from this year or past years are still eligible to apply.

Navigating Difficult Conversations (7 CPD hours – 20 spots per course)

Held through Algonquin College’s Corporate Training Centre, participants will learn how to have emotional or intense conversations with techniques on how to deliver bad news, how to establish rapport and how to empathize when needed. Participants will also practice applying practical tools through individual and group exercises, confront challenging issues with confidence and learn to identify the right time and place for having a critical conversation.

  • November 18, 2021 (English)
  • December 7, 2021 (French)
  • January 12, 2022 (English)
  • March 9, 2022 (French)

CPA Public Sector Conference (20 CPD hours – 50 passes)

This online conference for public sector finance professionals will feature three days of expert-led sessions, keynote speakers, panel discussions and live Q&As. The 2021 theme, Championing a new reality, will focus on how to effectively lead operations in a remote environment, integrate new technologies and embrace optimism as we all work towards the near future of a post-pandemic world. More information on the agenda and speakers can be found on the Public Sector Conference website.

  • October 19-21, 2021 (Bilingual)

Franco Langues Language Training (75 spots)

To assist CT-FINs with developing their second language skills, participants will receive 25 hours of virtual one-on-one language training with Government of Canada approved provider Franco Langues. Training is available for both English and French as a second language.

Please note that all 25 hours must be completed by March 31, 2022, and that transfers or extensions will not be granted.

Densmore CFE Prep Course (30 spots)

Participants taking the CFE in May 2022 can go into their exam with confidence after completing Densmore’s CFE Prep Course. The program will give you approach strategies and skills development for all three days of the CFE. All practice cases include full marking guides, marker grids and online walkthroughs to show you writing examples and the recommended approach.

While the training will be delivered in English, course materials are available in French.

The course will take place at the end of March with dates to be determined.

Relating and Responding to Mental Health (6.5 CPD hours – 20 spots per course)

This workshop has been designed for anyone who has an interest in ensuring they are caring for their own mental health and that of their colleagues and loved ones. This session will allow participants a safe space to speak openly about mental health and their current challenges in the workplace and in life in general. It will also help them to identify basic signs within themselves and those around them that indicate poor or worsening mental health and give you the skills needed to respond non-judgmentally and with empathy.

  • January 11, 2022 (English)
  • January 27, 2022 (French)
  • February 24, 2022 (English)
  • March 1, 2022 (English)

IFSD: Strategic Reviews (12 CPD hours – 20 spots)

Rapid expansion of spending tends to precede a fiscal consolidation in the federal government. This two-day course by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy is designed to prepare financial officers for this reality by providing a detailed understanding of the history of strategic reviews as well as the framework and the criteria that are used to rank and identify which programs will be recommended to be cut. Students will be taught the tools, methodologies and first principles questions that can provide the evidence to demonstrate high performing programs. This course will primarily be delivered in English. However, questions can be asked and will be answered in French.

  • February 15-16, 2022 (English)

IFSD: Politics and Money (12 CPD hours – 20 spots)

Election platforms, Speeches from the Throne and Budgets are political documents that are equal parts vision, ambition and assumption. While the first ingredient can engage voters and inspire public servants, the latter two can be the cause of stress and conflict as vision and ambition confront the realities of governance, policies and money. In this course by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy, participants will learn from political insiders and expert practitioners who have lived at the intersection of political incentives and financial decision-making, constructed platforms, SFTs and budgets and followed them all the way through Parliament. This course will primarily be delivered in English. However, questions can be asked and will be answered in French.

  • March 1-2, 2022 (English)

Authentic Leadership (11 CPD hours – 10 spots)

Authentic Leadership by Trillium Teams will help participants discover their authentic leadership style to be a more effective communicator and engaging leader. Participants will discern and clarify the strengths of their communication style, learn concrete tools and gain the confidence to put these into practice. This two-day course will primarily be delivered in English. However, questions can be asked and will be answered in French.

  • March 7-8, 2022 (English)

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