Global Career Development Facilitator

The Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification is an evolution of the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certification developed in response to a RFP from the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC). The winning proposal went to Oakland University in Michigan where the initial development began under the leadership of Howard Splete. In 2000, when the NCIC was eliminated and the employees were split between the USDOL and USDED, the curriculum was awarded to the National Career Development Association (NCDA) to promote and train practitioners. [1] The Working Ahead curriculum was developed at Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, With a linkage to the USDOL resources-different from the first program with greater emphasis to USDOE resources. Since then, many programs have been developed. The National Employment Counseling Association [2] in partnership with Life Strategies, following the Heldrich Center model, developed the first full-line version with full instructor support. [3] Graduates from approved programs apply for GCDF certification from the Center for Credentialing in Education (CCE), an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (Center for Credentialing in Education, 1997). The credential recognizes the education and experience of those working in CDF occupations like careers advisory services and employment services. CDF training program (over 120 hours and maintaining continuing education credits or lose certification) and have specific training and experience requirements. [4]


GCDF training is built around 12 core competencies identified by career counseling experts. A period of supervised career facilitation is also required prior to certification. The 12 competency areas in GCDF training are a Skills, Labor Market Information and Resources, Assessment , Diverse Populations , Ethical and Legal Issues, Career Development Models, Employability Skills , Training and Peers, Programming and Implementation, Technology, and Supervision (Brawley, 2002, National Career Development Association, 2007, Splete & Hoppin, 2000). In light of cultural concerns with the development of the GCDF outside the United States,

(Splete & Hoppin, 2000). In the United States, GCDFs are often considered to be “collectives” and “colleges”. One of the most important places in the United States is the Career One Stop Centers, which are sponsored by the US Department of Labor . The GCDFs at centers like these work with people who are making career transitions. Also, in 2006, the state of South Carolina passed legislation requiring all middle and secondary schools to have a career facilitation and guidance services available to students.

The GCDF certification program for career guidance providers has been implemented in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Macedonia, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey. In 2011, training programs have started in El Salvador. Worldwide, about 17,600 GCDF have been certified until 2011. [4]


  1. Jump up^ “Archived: The Teacher’s Guide to the Dept. of Ed, 2000: National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC)” . . Retrieved November 21, 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ “Home – National Employment Counseling Association” . . Retrieved April 6, 2017 .
  3. Jump up^ “about NECA” . December 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b “Global Career Development Facilitator” . . Retrieved November 21, 2011 .

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