NCDA CDF Training provides individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work. Established in 1913, NCDA is the premier provider of professional development in the career field. With a nationwide system of instructors, NCDA has prepared over 18,000 CDFs for inter/national certification. The links below and on the right will explain the program, the process, and identify instructors and training dates.
For questions or assistance please contact Mary Ann Powell.
- What is a CDF?
- What is a GCDF?
- Why should I consider CDF training?
- What will I learn?
- How can I get training?
- CDF Competencies
GCDF $5000 Scholarship - deadline to apply: July 31, 2013
Please download this brochure and use for marketing your CDF Training Program. This brochure was developed by the NCDA CDF Advisory Council.
CDF/GCDF Brochure Roadmap
Please download this brochure and use for marketing your CDF Training Program and the GCDF credential. This brochure was developed by John Long and Elizabeth Craig through the Coaching Task Force.
**NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED** Each year NCDA recognizes individuals who provide outstanding career development services or who are instrumental in promoting career development services. Please consider nominating someone you know who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work. Click here to link to the Award Nomination Forms.
NCDA Outstanding Career Development Facilitator Award 2012
NCDA is pleased to award the 2012 Career Development Facilitator Award to Beverly Wilbanks. Congratulations Beverly!
NCDA CDF Champion Award 2012
NCDA is pleased to award the 2012 NCDA CDF Champion Award to Fran Sibley. Congratulations Fran!
The key criteria are:
- An individual who has advanced the training of others as Career Development Facilitators.
- An individual who has contributed to increased awareness of the NCDA CDF program.
A Career Development Facilitator (CDF) is a person who works in any career development setting or who incorporates career development information or skills in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public. A CDF has received in-depth training in the areas of career development in the form of up to 120+ class/instructional hours, provided by a nationally trained and qualified instructor.
This title designates individuals working in a variety of career development settings. A CDF may serve as a career group facilitator, job search trainer, career resource center coordinator, career coach, career development case manager, intake interviewer, occupational and labor market information resource person, human resource career development coordinator, employment/placement specialist, or workforce development staff person.
The counseling profession has made great progress in defining professional counseling and career counseling. However, several professional groups recognized that many individuals who are currently providing career assistance are not professional counselors. The CDF training program was developed to provide standards, training specifications, and GCDF credentialing for these career providers. The goal was to define and differentiate two levels of career practice.
Click here for a VIDEO presentation on the CDF Training Program and GCDF Credential.
This credential recognizes the education and experience of those working in CDF occupations. Candidates must have successfully completed an approved CDF training program and meet specific educational and experience requirements. Benefits of the GCDF credential include:
- A National/portable Credential
- A Marketable Certification
- Professional Recognition
- Clarification of Scope and Practice
For more information on the GCDF credential, please visit the Center for Credentialing and Education website.
CDF training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development setting.
As a CDF participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career development competencies. Whether you take the class at home or in the classroom, the training includes hands-on and interactive teaching methods and opportunities to interact with colleagues from a variety of work settings. Since the course content covers 12 important competencies, there is plenty of opportunity to build skills and knowledge in areas that are new to you, as well as enhance and develop those that you use every day in your work.
- Career resources and labor market information
- Career planning processes
- Basic helping and facilitation skills
- Career development models and theories
- Informal and formal assessment approaches
- Diversity and specific population needs
- Development and maintenance of an effective career resource center
- Training others and program promotion
- Case management and referral skills
- Ethical and scope-of-practice issues
- Professional and resource portfolios
- Cutting-edge job searching
- and more . . .!
NCDA's Career Development Facilitator Training is available in two modes of delivery. Individuals can attend traditional face-to-face classroom trainings or participate in the eLearning mode of delivery. Some instructors conduct a hybrid course utilizing face-to-face instruction with some eLearning instruction. CDF instructors have an extensive background in career counseling or planning and all of the CDF Competencies. In addition, they have worked, taught, or trained in a variety of settings. Please visit the Training Calendar for a list of CDF classes. If you are considering being an eLearning student, take this brief self-assessment.
For questions or assistance with the Career Development Facilitator Training Program please contact Mary Ann Powell or phone (918) 663-7060.
In this section
Find a CDF instructor
June 20 - August 26, 2013
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jun. 20, 2013 - Jan. 15, 2014
Albany, New York
June 21 - September 14, 2013