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Benefits of the CDF Credential

Benefits of the CDF Credential

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

Benefits of the CDF certification include:

  • National/portable credential
  • Marketable credential
  • Professional recognition
  • Clarification of a scope of practice
  • National skills standards

In order to maintain the certification, individuals need to obtain 75 hours of continuing education within the areas of competency within a 5-year time frame.

Here are the many ways you can use this program at your school, college or organization:

First of all, as a professional engaged in the Career Services field, you will learn and become competent in 12 designated areas of the course content. Our goal in offering this program is for school personnel, career center staff, human resources personnel to improve their career offerings to its clients.  This can be done through the Guidance Office, STC coordinator, Career Center, Special Education transition programs or Human Resource programs and offerings.  It is very beneficial for many professionals in a school or company to receive this training. We are only listing a few of the benefits below with a summary paragraph at the bottom.

Participants will

  • Improve their helping relationships with clients to assist in career choices
  • Learn the basics of understanding relationship-building techniques
  • Learn how to conduct an intake interview and develop record keeping skills
  • Help identify Strengths and Barriers in working with clients
  • Develop goals, make career decisions and develop an action plan (school, work, college major, military, plant closings, retirement transition, etc)
  • Learn to work with diverse populations
  • Learn about ethical standards in working with clients
  • Learn about career theory and its application to clients
  • Learn informal and formal assessments and their applications in a school setting, college setting and adult setting
  • Learn about using career portfolios with clients
  • Learn about a variety of resources for use with your setting
  • Learn about a variety of technology using websites and programs for use within your setting to assist clients in making career choices
  • Design a career center plan for ways to improve existing services or start a new program
  • Design a personal and organizational action plan to use your new knowledge once you have completed the CDF training

After participants go through the training, they have a wide range of knowledge and skills that can improve the program they are currently involved in.  The participants will be networking with other professionals from a variety of school settings, college, and work place settings to learn about each others’ programs. In turn, the participants will be able to learn new ways to improve their offerings to clients from the program and other professionals. This course is designed to assist professionals to review their current career offerings and to see where they can make improvements to better serve the clients.

Every universities masters counseling program should require the candidates to take a Career Development Facilitator course.

Tana - Percy, AR




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