Interested in getting credentialed as a Global Career Development Facilitator through the Center for Credentialing and Education? The first step is to successfully complete the Career Development Facilitator training.  Registration now open!

TRAINING FORMAT:The CDF curriculum is available in an eLearning format, with over 120 hours of career literacy and facilitation hours. The training is completed over a 10-week period. 

PURPOSE: This training is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals who provide career-related services in a variety of settings such as higher education, K-12 schools, workforce development, government agencies, business and industry, private practice, faith-based, and community-based organizations. It is designed to serve as a vehicle for professional enrichment and as a vehicle to achieve national certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator. (See for information on history and requirements.)

The GCDF credential was established to recognize the training and background of those working in career development fields, and to establish minimum competency areas. A GCDF 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.

TRAINING COMPETENCIES: The career development competencies addressed in the CDF curriculum offered through NCDA are discussed below. Those professionals who are trained using this curriculum can expect to gain knowledge and skills associated with each of these competencies.

  1. Helping Skills – must be proficient in the basic processes of career facilitation.
  2. Labor Market Information (LMI) and Resources – must understand key labor market and occupational information and trends and be able to access and use current resources.
  3. Assessment – must comprehend and be able to use both formal and informal career development assessment tools and resources appropriately, understanding how different approaches to assessment can impact different populations.
  4. Working with Diverse Populations – must be able to recognize the special needs of various groups and adapt service menus to meet unique needs.
  5. Ethical and Legal Issues – Follow the CDF code of ethics and know current legislative regulations.
  6. Career Development Theories and Models – must be able to identify the leading theories of career development and understand how each can be used at different times to facilitate career development across a wide population group(s).
  7. Employability Skills – must know and be able to use a variety of job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with diverse or specific groups of customers or clients.
  8. Training Clients and Peers – must be able to identify training and development needs, and prepare and develop materials in support of training programs or for special presentations.
  9. Program Management and Implementation – must understand a variety of different career development programs and be able to assist in the steps related to successful development, management, or administration.
  10. Promotion and Public Relations – must know how to market and promote career development programs with staff, supervisors, and the local community (public) served.
  11. Technology and Career Development – must be able to identify, comprehend, and use computer applications that support and enhance career development processes.
  12. Consultation/Supervision – must be able to identify when the limits of personal expertise are reached and be able to accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors

OUTCOME: Certificate of completion; training hours for re-certification

COST: $1075 per person (includes learning platform. instruction costs, and all supplemental materials). The NCDA Student Manual ($100) is charged separately. A discount rate may be negotiated for large groups. Please contact me directly to discuss.

TO REGISTER/FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Heather Maietta via email at or call 617-925-5289. Ready to register for the Career Development Facilitator course? Click here