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Certifications for Career Development Professionals

Become a Career Development Facilitator (CDF)

ncda logo smallEarn your Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certificate through the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Validate your expertise and enhance your credibility.

The CDF program is designed for career development professionals, coaches, entrepreneurs, academic advisors, faculty advisors, career advisors, retention coordinators, directors, student affairs professionals, student services specialists, enrollment advisors, admissions recruiters, human resources administrators, career coaches, life coaches, educators, workforce development professionals, and individuals who wish to work in the career development field.

The CDF program gives you an opportunity to review, demonstrate, and validate your strengths and proficiencies in multiple areas of career development to earn national certification as a Career Development Facilitator.

Review, Demonstrate, Validate

  • Review career development competencies established by the National Career Development Association.
  • Demonstrate your strengths and proficiencies in multiple areas of career development.
  • Validate your expertise and show your dedication to your profession by earning your CDF.

Program Structure

  • Introduction to CDF
  • Developing a Helping Relationship
  • Training and Leading Groups
  • Career Development Theory and Its Application
  • The Role of Assessment in Career Planning
  • Ethics and the Career Development Facilitator
  • Providing Career Services to Multicultural Populations
  • The Role of Career Information and Technological Resources in Career Planning
  • Job Seeking and Employability Skills
  • Designing and Implementing Career Planning Services
  • CDF Projects and Closing Notes

Career Development Competencies addressed by the NCDA CDF Curriculum:

  1. Helping Skills – Be proficient in the basic career facilitating process while including productive interpersonal
  2. Labor Market Information and Resources – Understand labor market and occupational information and trends. Be able to use current resources.
  3. Assessment – Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served.
  4. Diverse Populations – Recognize special needs of various groups and adapt services to meet their needs.
  5. Ethical and Legal Issues – Follow the CDF code of ethics and know current legislative regulations.
  6. Career Development Models – Understand career development theories, models, and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age, and ethnic background.
  7. Employability Skills – Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups.
  8. Training Clients and Peers – Prepare and develop materials for training programs and presentations.
  9. Program Management/Implementation – Understand career development programs and their implementation, and work as a liaison in collaborative relationships.
  10. Promotion and Public Relations – Market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors.
  11. Technology – Comprehend and use career development computer applications.
  12. Consultation – Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors.

Endorsements: The Career Development Facilitator (CDF) program is endorsed by the following organizations:

  • National Career Development Association (NCDA). The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
  • National Employment Counseling Association (NECA).
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).

Professionals that successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for national certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), a subsidiary of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

About the CDF Instructors: All of our instructors are Certified NCDA CDF Instructors, Certified NCDA Master Trainers, and Certified NECA GCDF Instructors. Marie Smith will be teaching our upcoming CDF course via eLearning. Information about Marie Smith is linked at

Earn your Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certificate.

120 hours of professional development — comprised of 96 hours of eLearning and 24 hours of live video conferencing – Skype and other remote interfaces (traditional face-to-face format also available upon request).

Instructor-led program.  It typically takes about 10 weeks to complete the CDF program.

View the CDF brochure, courtesy of NCDA

NCDA CDF is a 120-hour professional development program designed for experienced professionals who assist individuals and groups with career exploration, job search preparation, and resources. CDF is a nationally recognized, highly regarded credential that focuses on 12 career development competencies.

Technology Requirements: Internet, email, document processing program (Microsoft Word or PowerPoint or Publisher or Prezi).


Click here to Register for CDF – immediate access (weekly modules via eLearning)


Cost: $900 per person.  Plus the cost of the CDF textbook pages from NCDA (approximately $100 plus shipping).

Payments are processed using a secure Paypal link.

National Professional Development Initiatives Group LLC

Write  1540 N. Stuart Road  Racine, WI 53406
Call  262-939-8596
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Join us!  The Career Development Facilitator (CDF) program is a nationally recognized, highly regarded program.

CDF is a 120 program established by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). The 120 hours consists of reading the textbook, responding to discussion questions, viewing videos, completing projects relevant to you and your target audience, and participating in conversations with me (Marie Smith) in Racine/Kenosha, Wisconsin or via Skype/remote interfaces.

Our one-on-one discussions will occur in a password-protected learning area (click here to login to the password-protected eLearning area).

Group discussions will occur on Facebook. The group discussions on Facebook are optional.

Warm regards,

Marie Smith

Certified CDF Instructor and Certified Master Trainer for the National Career Development Association



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