Professional Development: Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Training

What is a Career Development Facilitator?

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 120 class/instructional hours, provided by a nationally qualified and certified trainer.

This training is centered around developing 12 competencies in the field, which were developed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the professional association for career development in the United States. After completion of the training, the individual may apply for and receive national certification through the Center for Credentialing and Education, a subsidiary of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Who Should Receive this Training?

CDF Training
CDF training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development settings. This may include those who serve as a career group facilitator, career coach, intake interviewer, human resource specialist, school counselor, job search trainer, labor market information resource person, employment/ placement specialist, or workforce development staff person. CDFs from past classes have included those who work in corporations, government agencies, technical colleges, small private companies, large universities, high schools and middle schools, correctional institutions, and entrepreneurial settings.

Benefits of the Training and Certification

As a CDF participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career competencies. Whether you take the class at home 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 the curriculum together and forms its own support group that individuals can draw on again and again after completing the class. Since the course content covers 12 important 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've learned on their jobs every day, and on how helpful it is to have a built-in network of other CDFs to keep in touch with after the class.

Course Content

CDF course content focuses on twelve career-related competencies, developed by a national team of experts and practitioners through the National Career Development Association.

  1. Helping Skills - Be proficient in the basic career facilitating process
  2. Labor Market Information and Resources - Understand labor market and occupational information and trends; use current resources
  3. Working with Diverse Populations - Recognize special needs of various groups and adapting services to meet their needs
  4. Technology and Career Development - Comprehend and use career development computer applications
  5. Ethical and Legal Issues - Follow the CDF code of ethics and know current legislative regulations
  6. Employability Skills - Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups
  7. Consultation/Supervision - Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors
  8. Training Clients and Peers - Prepare and develop materials for training programs and presentations
  9. Career Development Theories and Models
  10. Program Management and Implementation - Understand career development programs and assist in the steps related to their development
  11. Assessment - Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served
  12. Promotion and Public Relations - Knowing how to market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors

Qualifications for Applicants

All CDF course applicants must have a high school diploma to enroll in the class. When applying for national certification after the course, the requirements combine work experience and educational levels to meet the certification requirements. These requirements are:

Educational Level of Applicant Career Development Experience Required
Graduate degree 1,400 hours (estimated one year)
Bachelor's degree 2,800 hours (estimated two years)
Two years of college 4,200 hours (estimated three years)
High school diploma/ GED 5,600 hours (estimated four years)

Course Schedule

The Career Development Facilitator course is offered in a convenient hybrid format to suit the varying needs and schedules of participants. This format includes the online coursework as well as two 2-day trips for classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.**

Dates Class format Location Cost
Summer 2017
May 30 - Aug. 28, 2017
CDF Home Study/ Distance Education (hybrid)

Online and...
2 meetings in Madison, WI on June 22-23 and July 27-28, 2017
Summer Tuition: $1450.00
Summer 2017 Registration Form

Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs: $175-$185
Fall 2017
Sept. 12-Dec. 19, 2017
CDF Home Study/ Distance Education (hybrid)

Online and...
2 meetings in Madison, WI on Oct. 5-6 and Nov. 15-16, 2017)
Fall Tuition: $1450.00
Fall 2017 Registration Form

Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs: $175-$185

* Participant is additionally responsible for housing, meals, and other incidental costs of the Madison trips. A block of rooms is being held at or near the UW-Madison for events requiring housing. Madison classes are held in the Educational Sciences Building on campus, located at 1025 W. Johnson Street. The classes last the entire day (approximately 9 am - 5 pm).

Registration

Summer 2017 registration form

Fall 2017 registration form

Scholarship Availability

The Wisconsin Career Development Association (WCDA) is offering a $500 scholarship for a 2016 CDF class member. Scholarship Information

Overnight Accommodations

Make your reservations early; rooms fill up quickly and blocks will not be left open past the dates indicated!

Fall 2016

October 13-14 Trip to Madison:
For the nights of October 12-13
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Phone: 800-356-8293
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Fax: 608-257-8454

Reserve rooms under the group name: CDF Fall. Rates are $127 single/double/triple/quad. Call to reserve your room before September 16th; after that date, blocked rooms will be released to the public.


November 17-18 Trip to Madison:
For the nights of November 16 and 17
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Phone: 800-356-8293
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Fax: 608-257-8454

Reserve rooms under the group name: CDF Fall. Rates are $127 single/double/triple/quad. Call to reserve your room before October 19th; after that date, blocked rooms will be released to the public.


Summer 2017

June 22-23 Trip to Madison:
For the nights of June 21 and 22
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Phone: 800-356-8293
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Fax: 608-257-8454

Reserve rooms under the group name: CDF Summer June. Rates are $134 single/double/triple/quad. Call to reserve your room before June 6th; after that date, blocked rooms will be released to the public.


July 27-28 Trip to Madison:
For the nights of July 26-27
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Phone: 800-356-8293
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Fax: 608-257-8454
Reserve rooms under the group name: CDF Summer July. Rates are $134 single/double/triple/quad. Call to reserve your room before June 28th; after that date, blocked rooms will be released to the public.

Fall 2017 - Information to be announced later...


Other hotels in the area include:
  • Doubletree 525 West Johnson Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703, USA TEL: 1-608-251-5511 (10 minute walk to the classroom)
  • Hampton Inn 440 West Johnson Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703, USA TEL: 1-608-255-0360 (15 minute walk to the classroom)
  • Hyatt Place 333 West Washington Avenue Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 53703 Tel: +1 608 257 2700 (This is a 25 minute walk from our classroom but they do have a shuttle that could bring you here.)