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Published Date: April 01, 2016
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Career & Employment Information Services

Assessment Overview


Assessment is a process involving gathering information, identifying issues, needs, and clarifying personal and environmental resources in relation to issues and needs.  Assessment helps individuals to increase self-awareness; understand their career issues; establish work, learning and/or life balance goals; and provides a foundation for taking action and an indicator of ongoing progress.

Assessment methods may include a variety of formal and informal techniques such as standardized and non-standardized instruments, interviews, questionnaires, checklists, behavioral observations, specialized assessment reports, prior learning and recognition activities.

Assessment can be done in an individual or group context. It is a collaborative process that develops a profile of the individual to assist them with making informed career and employment decisions, develop a plan and take action.

Government of Alberta Authorized Officials have the authority to complete assessments. 


Assessment is a component when providing Career and Employment Information Services.

Assessment identifies the need for the following:
  • Information Services 
  • Career Services 
  • Employment Services 
  • Skill Development 
  • Support – Non-Financial 
  • Support – Financial

Assessment is described in two types:


Assessment activities may range from a 10-15 minute session to an hour and a half appointment. A Service Needs Determination (SND) Assessment is often the first stop in determining the need for an Employability Assessment. An Employability Assessment and/or additional activities may require more than one appointment to complete.

Assessment data must be entered into Mobius in accordance with Government of Alberta standards.