Arnold Love

Special Issue

Building the Foundation for the CES Professional Designation Program


This article provides the historical and conceptual context of the CES professional designation program. It highlights the noteworthy debates, controversies, and deliberations in Canada and the United States that culminated in the decision by CES National Council to find a feasible approach to professional designation. The article outlines the crucial contributions of key CES initiatives, such as the Essential Skills Series, Core Body of Knowledge Project, and Member Surveys, by drawing on the experience of those CES members who led these efforts.