By Amanda Curtis
Special to The Toronto Sun
The Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services -- better known as ACSESS -- is the only national association representing the staffing industry in Canada.
The Association membership is made up of companies providing direct hire services, temporary and contract placements, and a range of professional services which are designed to assist job seekers and companies looking for staffing solutions.
With a history of service dating back to the early 1960s, ACSESS is active in all regions of Canada, and is a strong promoter of professional development and recognized industry standards.
The Association's Code of Ethics and Standards states in the opening paragraph that
ACSESS members are required to "support the principles set out in the Code of Ethics and acknowledge that the principles are in the best interests of candidates, employees, client organizations and the reputation of the search, employment and staffing services profession in Canada."
This is an important statement for individuals looking for work and for companies using the services of ACSESS members. The Code contains 11 points which guide staffing professionals; and there is also a formal complaints process in place.
ACSESS understands that a company reputation and service level is a reflection of its staff.
The Association therefore brings educational opportunities to its members as well as the industry certification program which awards the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation.
To complete the CPC program a candidate must meet a combination of on-the-job and educational requirements, and write an exam that demonstrates their industry knowledge and commitment to professionalism.
The Toronto Sun was the official sponsor of the 2003-2004 CPC graduates at a conference held in Kingston, Ont. The individuals featured on this page are now proud to carry the CPC designation. They join the ranks of more than 200 Canadians who are dedicated to bringing the best possible staffing services to both candidates and employers.
Acsess joins The Toronto Sun in congratulating the candidates. (Not all graduates were available for photos.)
Amanda Curtis is Executive Director of ACSESS
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