Who We Are
Established in 1960, the Canadian Vocational Association, or CVA for short, is a not-for-profit, bilingual (English-French) organization.
We support the Global Community by helping shape skills, education and employment best practice. We enable learning organizations to drive change and help to build an inclusive skilled sector.
Since its creation, the CVA has had a membership of individuals from various sectors interested in vocational education, workplace training and lifelong learning.
The CVA community is typically drawn from post-secondary and secondary education, business and industry and government officials across Canada as well as internationally.
What We Do
The CVA provides expert assistance through a growing network of national and international DACUM experts, with advice and guidance to ensure the best support for coordinating and facilitating DACUM-based occupational analyses.
Where We Work
CVA works worldwide. It aims to make every individual and organization self-reliant in facilitating state-of-the-art DACUM occupational analyses, and in developing and delivering competency-based management and training programs.
The CVA has provided DACUM training to more than 3000 individuals around the world.
History & Evolution of the CVA
|1960||Creation of the Canadian Vocational Association-Association canadienne de la formation professionnelle (CVA-ACFP).|
|1961||First national conference; the CVA National Conference became, until 2002, a major event held each year in a different Canadian city and attended by TVET practitioners and stakeholders from education and training, government, and business and industry;|
|1965||Creation of the CVA Journal; this bilingual quarterly was Canada’s most prestigious periodical dedicated to TVET, The CVA Journal was published for nearly four decades.|
|1970s||From 1970 to 1990, the CVA operated as Canada’s largest and most dynamic not-for-profit TVET association.|
|1993||Creation of the CVA DACUM Training Program; this training program – available in both English and French – rapidly became popular particularly among trainers, instructors, curriculum developers, TVET managers and occupational analysis specialists.|
|1994||The Government of Canada commissions the CVA to coordinate the development and experimentation of a pan-Canadian competency-based education model at the secondary level (Canadian Restructured School Plan);|
|1995||From 1995 to 1998, CVA’s national DACUM workshops are augmented by CVA’s first DACUM Training international ventures (Argentina, Chile, Israel and Mexico);|
|1998||The Government of Canada redirects its priorities to favor the development of Sector councils. As a result, it ceases to fund TVET related projects through the CVA and to finance the salary of the CVA’s part-time Executive Director. These decisions will have a significant impact on the association’s ability to pursue its activities and research projects, which, since then, with the exception of the CVA DACUM Training Program, essentially rely on the work of volunteers;|
|1999||The Federal Government of Brazil selects the DACUM methodology to revise and update Brazil”s national occupational standards. To this end, the Government of Brazil – via Capra International Inc. – retains the services of the CVA to train DACUM analysis facilitators and competency-based curriculum developers. This Capra-CVA partnership in Brazil lasted 15 years until 2014.|
|2000s||From 2000 to 2001, The CVA conducts DACUM training workshops in Burkina Faso (2000) and in Mali (2001) through a contractual agreement with Swisscontact, a Swiss foundation for technical cooperation. The goal is to enable a group of training engineering specialists and subject matter experts to develop competency-based training programs dedicated to various occupations in the utility craft sector.|
|2003||The CVA pursues its collaboration with Swisscontact in Benin; the CVA DACUM Trainers are invited by the Helsinki Business College (Finland) to conduct a seminar on the DACUM methodology.|
|2005||At Swisscontact’s invitation, the CVA returns to Burkina Faso to conduct a DACUM skills consolidation seminar involving individuals from the cohorts trained in Bénin, Mali and Burkina Faso.|
|2006||From 2006 to 2020, In addition to holding several public and in-house DACUM training workshops yearly in Canada, the CVA also delivers similar training internationally via partnership agreements with organizations such as NAIT (Cuba), Colleges and Institutes Canada (Caribbean countries), ILO (Lebanon), GIZ (Togo), Agriteam Canada (Vietnam).|
|2012||The CVA creates a bi-monthly bulletin proposing a series of TVET and Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) related readings to the international TVET community.|
|2015||CVA registers its DACUM Plus trademark and plans for expansion of its DACUM training and other related services.|
|2016||The CVA Board holds a Strategy Summit that generates a 3-year Strategic Plan.|
|2018||The CVA hosts a delegation from Togo’s ministry of TVET;|
|2020||The CVA elaborates a new Strategic Plan.|
Board of Directors
30 years experience working in international development projects world-wide, Elaine has expertise in project development and management, curriculum design/development, monitoring and evaluation, and gender analysis. Elaine worked as a Project Officer in the International Office at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic for nearly 20 years during which time she employed the DACUM methodology and the training of DACUM facilitators in diverse countries and cultures from Ukraine to Jordan, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Central America. Since 2006, as a private consultant, Elaine participates in international and local development projects from her home in Regina, SK. She is currently on the Board of the CVA since 2021.