Initial leadership in the development of the CDF concept was taken by the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) through its Career Development Training Institute (CDTI) which had representatives from 15 associations on its Board. Through a CDTI grant to Oakland University, Howard Splete, Judy Hoppin, and others developed CDF competencies, a CDF curriculum, and a CDF instructor training curriculum.

A major emphasis in the initial CDTI effort was to develop a curriculum and train instructors who would in turn develop programs to train CDFs. CDF instructors are developing programs in a variety of settings including colleges, community colleges, and state agencies. The programs are delivered in different ways, including intensive three-week and semester-long programs. Programs may carry college credit, continuing education credit, and/or certificates of completion.


NCDA was an early partner with the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) and the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) in developing and implementing the Career Development Facilitator concept. In addition to the Facilitating Career Development Curriculum, NCDA coordinates these aspects of the NCDA CDF Training Program.

  • Continuing to coordinate CDF efforts with CCE and other key groups.
  • Distributing and improving the Facilitating Career Development curriculum which is approved by CCE for CDF training.
  • Conducting NCDA CDF instructor training through a network of over 30 master trainers.
  • Maintaining NCDA Registry of Programs and Instructors that use the Facilitating Career Development curriculum.
  • Maintaining this website to provide information about CDF training.
  • Inviting GCDFs to join NCDA (see Membership Information).
  • Coordinating the NCDA CDF Advisory Council to direct the future of the NCDA CDF Curriculum and Training Program


Various groups worked with the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) to develop requirements for the Global CDF credential, originally referred to as the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certification. These organizations - including the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA), and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) - endorsed the CDF credentialing requirements.

Global Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certification is provided through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), a subsidiary of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). To view a GCDF application packet, please go to the CCE webpage at http://www.cce-global.org

GCDFs must have a combination of education and work experience as specified in the credential guidelines:

  • graduate degree plus an estimated ONE year of career development work experience;
  • bachelor's degree plus an estimated TWO years of career development work experience;
  • two years of college plus an estimated THREE years of career development work experience; or
  • a high school diploma/GED plus an estimated FOUR years of career development work experience.

In addition to the education and work experience, persons who want to become GCDFs must complete an approved CDF curriculum that includes 120 hours of classroom training and field experience. GCDFs are bound by a code of ethics.

If potential GCDFs want to seek other training routes than an approved curriculum, they or the providers of the CDF training may work directly with CCE to have the training approved.

If you have questions about GCDF certification, you can visit www.cce-global.org; you can e-mail howard@cce-global.org or you can call the CCE staff at (336) 482-2856. Press 1 to request an application, or 4 to reach a CCE staff member.

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