Why was the GCDF credential developed?

The counseling profession has made great progress in defining professional counseling and the career counseling specialty through such efforts as NCDA's career counseling competencies and code of ethics, and state licensing and registry requirements. However, several professional groups recognized that many individuals who are currently providing career assistance are not professional counselors. The GCDF credential was developed to provide standards, training specifications and credentialing for these career providers. The goal was to define and differentiate two levels of career practice, and to clarify the need for supervision of GCDFs by professional counselors.