REQUIRED COURSE FOR GCDF CERTIFICATION
A Career Development Facilitator (CDF) is a person who works in any career development setting or who incorporates career development information or skills in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public. A CDF has received in-depth training in the areas of career development in the form of up to 120+ class/instructional hours, provided by a nationally trained and qualified instructor.
This occupational title designates individuals working in a variety of career development settings. A CDF 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.
The counseling profession has made great progress in defining professional counseling and the career counseling. However, several professional groups recognized that many individuals who are currently providing career assistance are not professional counselors. The CDF 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.
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- Be proficient in the basic career facilitating process while including productive interpersonal relationships. (Helping Skills)
- Understand labor market and occupational information and trends. Be able to use current resources. (Labor Market Information and Resources)
- Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served. (Assessment)
- Recognize special needs of various groups and adapt services to meet their needs. (Diverse Populations)
- Follow the CDF code of ethics and know current legislative regulations. (Ethical and Legal Issues)
- Understand career development theories, models, and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age, and ethnic background. (Career Development Models)
- Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups. (Employability Skills)
- Prepare and develop materials for training programs and presentations. (Training Clients and Peers)
- Understand career development programs and their implementation, and work as a liaison in collaborative relationships. (Program Management/ Implementation)
- Market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors. (Promotion and Public Relations)
- Comprehend and use career development computer applications. (Technology)
- Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors. (Consultation)
- A national/portable credential
- A marketable credential
- Professional recognition
- Clarification of a Scope of Practice
- National Skills Standards
- The National Career Development Association (NCDA)
- The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP)
- The National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)
- The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)
- Center on Education and Work (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- South Carolina Department of Education
- The United States Navy
- The Idaho Department of Labor
- Goodwill Industries
- The GCDF credential is also recognized in many countries; Bulgaria, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Romania, Turkey, South Korea, and New Zealand.