Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI)

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Comprehensiveness Basic
Administration Time - 30 min
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Scoring Options hand icon
Language English
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Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI)

The Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI) is a tool for counsellors to measure five career interests in only 15 to 20 minutes. The CWPI has been normed on over 2,000 anglophones and francophones from across Canada.

The CWPI assessment is especially helpful with young adults selecting a career, with employed people interested in alternative careers that most closely match their interests and skills, and with unemployed people seeking to identify new types of jobs that they would find interesting and rewarding. The CWPI assessment can also be used in more general counselling to determine whether an individual’s actual job closely matches his or her interests, or whether a mismatch between jobs and interests may be a source of more general problems.

The CWPI self-report is easy to use and score. Using the self-contained MHS QuikScore™ Forms, there is no need for separate administration booklets, scoring keys, or conversion tables. Scoring just takes a few minutes and is very easy. After the scores are calculated, the Job Dictionary and a simple Feedback Form can be used to relate the profile of work interests to the jobs that are most relevant. The CWPI Job Dictionary links to the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The five interest areas measured by CWPI are

• Methodical
• Objective
• Innovative
• Directive
• Social

Administration: Self-report
Administration Time: 15–20 minutes

As a measure of internal consistency reliability, alpha coefficients were calculated for each of the five subscales (Cronbach, 1951). The sample was the same sample as 550 individuals included in the interscale correlation analysis. The test-retest reliability correlations are within the acceptable range for a short interest inventory. However, it should be noted that correlations for people 15–19 and for high school students are slightly lower than for other groups.

In 1986 a concurrent validity study was carried out to assess the relationship between results on the CSPI and results on another career interest inventory. The mixed sample was approximately 560 Canadians.

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