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) during 1992. The winning proposal went to Oakland University in Michigan where the initial development began under the leadership of Howard Splete. In 2000, when NOICC was eliminated and the employees were split between the USDOL and USDED, the curriculum program was awarded to the National Career Development Association (NCDA) to promote and train practitioners.[1] The Working Ahead curriculum was the second generation, developed at Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, with a linkage the USDOL resources—different from the first generation with greater emphasis towards USDOE resources. Since then, numerous programs have been developed. The National Employment Counseling Association[2] in partnership with Life Strategies, following the Heldrich Center model, developed the first completely online version, the third generation, 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. GCDF have successfully completed an approved CDF training program (over 120 hours and maintain continuing education credits or lose certification) and have met and verified specific educational and experience requirements.[4]


GCDF training is built around 12 core competencies identified by career counseling experts. A period of supervised career facilitation practice also is required prior to certification. The 12 competency areas addressed in GCDF training are Helping Skills, Labor Market Information and Resources, Assessment, Diverse Populations, Ethical and Legal Issues, Career Development Models, Employability Skills, Training Clients and Peers, Program Management and Implementation, Promotion and Public Relations, 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, the tasks within each of the competency areas are adapted to meet the needs of a particular country's context.

In the United States, GCDFs are sometimes still recognized as CDFs and work in government agencies and employment offices, in private practice as "coaches," and in colleges and universities (Splete & Hoppin, 2000). One of the more auspicious places GCDFs are found in the United States is Career One Stop Centers, which are sponsored by the U.S. 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, Germany, 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. "Archived: The Teacher's Guide to the Dept. of Ed, 2000: National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC)". Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  2. "Home - National Employment Counseling Association". Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  3. "about NECA". December 17, 2012.
  4. "Global Career Development Facilitator". Retrieved November 21, 2011.


  • Brawley, K. (2002). "Working ahead": The National One-Stop Workforce System and Career Development Facilitator curriculum training for instructors. In Careers Across America 2002: Best Practices and Ideas in Career Development Conference Proceedings (pp. 27–32). (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED465911)
  • Center for Credentialing in Education. (2007). Global Career Development Facilitator. Retrieved January 18, 2007.
  • National Career Development Association. (2007). What is a career development facilitator? Retrieved January 17, 2007.
  • Splete, H. H., & Hoppin, J. (2000). The emergence of career development facilitators. Career Development Quarterly, 48, 340–347.
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