Declaration of Counsellor Qualification Standards
The Paris 2001 IAEVG Declaration on Educational and Vocational Guidance
International Competencies for Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioners
CREDENTIAL - Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP)
Finland Communique: The Value of Career Guidance in an Economic Crisis - June 2009
IAEVG Ethical Standards
Approved by the IAEVG General Assembly, Stockholm, Sweden ,
8. August 1995
The International Association for Educational and Vocational
Guidance is committed to the global provision of educational and
vocational guidance processes, that are of high quality, provided
by competent and recognized professionals, and designed to facilitate
the personal choices and decisions of persons of all ages as they
anticipate, prepare for, enter into, face and cope with the dynamics
of the labour market and the workplace. The IAEVG mission statement,
a separate document to which the ethical standards cited here
relate, details the multiple ways by which the Association discharges
its responsibilities on behalf of the qua-lity of the practitioners
of educational and vocational guidance in their training and qualifications;
in the development and provision of methods and materials pertinent
to the provision of educational and voca-tional counseling for
persons of different ages and settings; in the conduct of research
and development; and in the advocacy of client needs for educational
and vocational guidance with governments and institutions.
The commitments of IAEVG members to its mission, as a professional
organization concerned with the provi-sion of quality services,
research, and advocacy on behalf of personal educational and vocational
choices, requires adherence to a public code of ethics that guides
the actions of practitioners, provides evaluative cri-teria for
self-assessments and peer evaluation regarding the quality of
the practitioner role, and informs the public of expected standards
of professional practices and behaviour. These ethical standards
are consistent in essence with the ethical statements of colleagues
in related professional areas who also are concerned with providing
assistance to persons preparing for or engaged in work, training
and education. Thus, the ethical standards of IAEVG, like those
of members in other educational, scientific, and professional
organiza-tions, are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth,
dignity, potential and uniqueness of those persons whom IAEVG
Ethical standards, such as those which follow, identity minimum
essentials by which to gauge ethical beha-viour. They cannot address
every possible ethical conflict that IAEVG members experience
in their nation or culture. Thus, the Ethical Standards provide
below are intended to stimulate the self development of IAEVG
members in their ethical behaviour and the creation of local and
regional statements of ethical standards for which these standards
may provide direction and advice.
Ethical Responsibilities to Clients
- Members of IAEVG accept the primary obligation to respect
the dignity of each person to whom educa-tional and vocational
guidance services are rendered. This obligation includes acceptance
of the rights of the individual to make independent choices,
to take responsibility for decisions reached, to engage in self
-direction and self-development, and to preserve confidentiality.
It also includes practitioner responsibility to be current with
laws and policies that pertain to client rights.
- Members of IAEVG do recognize the obligation to provide equal
opportunities in educational and voca-tional guidance without
prejudice to persons of diversity in social status or educational
background, gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual
orientation, or disability and avoid all forms of related discriminations.
- Members of IAEVG are sensitive to the total needs of clients
(educational, vocational, personal and social) as they interact
to affect the planning for or the adjustment to education and
training, occupations, and careers and should refer to relevant
experts if their own competency does not meet the client's need.
- Members of IAEVG inform clients, orally or in writing, of
the purposes, goals, techniques, policies and ethical standards
under which educational and vocational guidance is provided,
conditions in which consul-tation with other professionals might
occur, and legal or policy constraints which relate to how services
are provided. Any limits on confidentiality set by others will
be discussed with the client before proceeding to put him or
her in the position to choose personal responses to such limits
and involvement. Disclosing of confi-dential information needs
the client's expressed consent.
- Members of IAEVG enhance client's independent actions and
therefore refrain from consciously dictating or coercing client
choices, values, lifestyles, plans, or beliefs (e.g., general
views on economic life) that represent the counsellor's or other
people's, but not the client's personal orientation or perspective.
However, in situations where clients hold antisocial values that
are of danger to themselves or others, it may be necessary for
the counsellor to indicate what his/her professional values are
and to what extent he/she supports social conventions.
- Members of IAEVG provide explanations of the content, purposes,
and results of tests in language that is understandable to clients.
Such practitioners use relevant standards to select, administer,
and interpret assessment techniques. They recognize that emerging
techniques, e.g. computer-based testing or career guidance programs,
require periodic training and continuing familiarity with the
professional literature in administration, scoring, and interpretation.
- Members of IAEVG promote the benefits, to clients, of new
techniques and appropriate computer appli-cations when research
or evaluation warrant such use. The counsellor/practitioner ensures
that the use of computer applications or other techniques are
appropriate for the individual needs of the client, that the
client understands how to use the technique or process involved,
and that follow-up counseling assistance is provided. IAEVG members
further ensure that members of under-represented groups have
equal access to the best techniques available to computer technologies,
and to non-discriminatory, current and accurate information within
whatever techniques are used.
- IAEVG members, in representing their professional competencies,
training and experience to individual clients as well as to organizations
for which consultation is requested, provide information that
is clear accu-rate and relevant and does not include misleading
or deceptive materials.
- Members of IAEVG avoid conflicts of interests which compromise
the best interests of their clients when they engage concurrently
in the career counseling of clients, serve as representatives
of paid employment exchanges or as paid recruiters or intermediaries
for training facilities. Where potential conflicts of interests
occur, they should be made known to the client.
- Members of IAEVG make appropriate referral when their professional
assistance cannot be provided or continued.
Attitudes to Colleagues and Professional Associates
- IAEVG members contribute to development and maintenance of
cooperative relationships with professional colleagues and administrators
in order to facilitate the provision of optimal educational and
- IAEVG members are responsible for informing colleagues and
administrators about aspects of the provision of educational
and vocational guidance such as confidentiality and privacy guidelines.
- IAEVG members will provide professional colleagues and administrators
with accurate, objective, concise and relevant information about
the needs and outcomes of educational and vocational guidance
for evaluative or other purposes.
- IAEVG members cooperate with their professional colleagues
in implementing the Ethical Standards in the procedures and practices
of their work setting. When direct information raises doubts
as to the ethical behaviour of professional colleagues, whether
IAEVG members or not, the member should discuss such concerns
with the colleague or use available institutional channels to
rectify the condition.
- In cases of conflict between professional ethical standards
and directives or non-cooperation of an employee, IAEVG members
will seek to consult directly with responsible administrators
about the implica-tions of such conflicts and seek ways by which
to eliminate them.
Attitudes to Government and Other Community Agencies
- If necessary, IAEVG members will advocate for and assist
in the development of educational and vocational guidance services
that are ethically rendered and relevant to client needs in cooperation
with policy-makers, legislators or administrative personnel.
- IAEVG members are aware of and inform administrators, legislators
and others of the accepted qualifica-tions and training expectations
of competent practitioners of educational and vocational guidance
and counseling services.
- IAEVG members actively cooperate with agencies, organizations
and individuals in other institutions or in the community so
as to meet the needs and provide services to clients.
Responsibilities to Research and Related Processes
- IAEVG members who have the appropriate training and skills
to do so, acknowledge their responsibility to conduct research
and report findings using procedures that are consistent with
the accepted ethical and scientific standards of educational
and psychological research practices. When client data are used
for statistical, evaluative, research or program planning purposes,
the IAEVG member ensures the confiden-tiality of the identity
of individual clients.
- IAEVG members acknowledge their responsibility to share in
the improvement of educational and voca-tional guidance by sharing
skills, knowledge and expertise with colleagues and with professional
associa-tions, such as IAEVG.
Responsibilities as an Individual Practitioner
- IAEVG members obtain the initial training and maintain a
process of continuous learning in those areas of knowledge and
skills required by the profession to be a qualified and competent
practitioner of educa-tional and vocational guidance.
- IAEVG members function within the boundaries of their training
and experience and refer to other profes-sional persons, clients
for whom the practitioner is not prepared to assist. Each IAEVG
member accepts the consequences of his or her professional actions
and does so within the conscious and deliberate application of
- IAEVG members continue to reflect in their practice both
the humanistic principles that underlie ethical behaviour as
well as attention to the changing social and political questions
that have ethical implications for practice. These include such
questions as who are my clients (students, workers, employers,
society as a whole) and what are the ethical issues of importance
in these relationships? How do different forms of intervention
(individual counselling, group work, computer-assisted programs,
consultation with mana-gement in behalf of workers) differ in
ethical concerns? How should educational and vocational guidance
services ethically respond to the global tensions between economic
and environmental issues in the working lives and workplaces
- IAEVG members are responsible for monitoring and maintaining
their professional competencies and obtaining training on a periodic
basis to ensure that they are able to provide competent services
to cultural diverse clients and to effectively use new theories
and intervention techniques, computer applications, and assessment
processes. IAEVG members strive to be current with innovations
and trends in the contexts and content of educational and vocational
guidance and counseling and do so with an acknow-ledgement that
professional and personal experiences and growth go on throughout
- IAEVG members seek and participate in regular supervision
by which to increase the knowledge and skills required to effectively
discharge their professional responsibilities and to develop
goals for continued learning.
- IAEVG members are aware of their values and attitudes, in
order to remain discrete and objective in the help they provide
to clients. In particular, they avoid all forms of racial, sexual,
and age stereotyping and discrimination.
- IAEVG members, in cases where ethical issues are unclear
or ambiguous, will consult in a confidential manner with a professional
association or colleagues to attempt to clarify the issue or
develop strategies to rectify the conditions that caused the
problem. Failing that possibility, practitioners should directly
con-tact the Secretary General of IAEVG to seek clarification,
advice or to file a question of profes-sional ethics.