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What is a Career Development Facilitator (CDF)?

The national CDF credential was developed to provide standards, training specifications, and credentialing for career providers.  A nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator can work in a variety of career development settings.  A CDF may serve, for example, as a:

  • Career group facilitator
  • Job search trainer
  • Career resource center coordinator
  • Career coach
  • Special needs transition coordinator
  • Intake interviewer
  • Occupational and labor market information resource person
  • Coordinator of career services
  • Employment/placement specialist
  • Workforce development staff person.

CDF Informational Brochure from the NCDA.

Why is CDF important?

As a CDF participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career competencies.  Whether you are at home on the computer 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.  Each CDF group explores curriculum together and forms its own support group that individuals can draw on after completing the class.  Since the course content covers 12 career 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.

Past CDF participants often comment on how they use what they have learned on their jobs every day, and how helpful it is to have a built-in network of other CDFs to keep in touch with after their class.

Who Should Receive this Training?

CDF training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development settings. This can include:

  • Career Services Support Staff
  • Group Facilitator
  • Workforce Development Staff Person
  • Career Coach
  • Intake Interviewer
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Job Search Trainer
  • Labor Market Information Resource Person
  • Employment/ Placement Specialist
  • Student Advisor
  • Job Developer
  • Special Education Transition Specialist
  • Anyone interested in career development

CDFs from past classes have included those who work in corporations, government agencies, community colleges, small private companies, large universities, high schools and middle schools, correctional institutions, and entrepreneurial settings.

"I would absolutely recommend this course, taught by Mark, to everyone in the career development field. I learned so much from him about my concerns that directly related to my job and my career.  The information and knowledge I have gained from this course as well as the relationships are invaluable." 

Carina - Old Saybrook, Connecticut




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