Chapter 11: Career Development Services with Disabilities

What is a Career Services Provider?

What Training is Needed?

Facilitating Career Development training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development setting.

What Certifications Can I Take after Finishing FCD Training?

CCSP – Certified Career Services Provider, National Career Development Association

The Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credentials require understanding and mastery of the competencies listed below.  The CCSP is one of the new credentials available through the NCDA Credentialing Commission. Individuals who have completed the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program are eligible to apply for this competency-based credential. To learn more about this exciting credential and other new credentials available please visit

GCDF – Global Certified Development Facilitator, Center for Credentialing & Education

The Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential was developed by CCE, in collaboration with the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee in the mid-1990s. The GCDF U.S. credentialing program was launched in the United States in 1997 and is the first and most notable national credential in the field of career development. The program was originally known as the Career Development Facilitator (CDF™). As the credential became more recognized domestically, acceptance abroad became prevalent. In 2001, the CDF was renamed the GCDF to illustrate its global expansion with its first international partner in Japan.

Why Should I Consider Facilitating Career Development Training?

As a participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career development competencies. The training models hands-on and interactive teaching methods and provides opportunities to interact with colleagues from a variety of work settings. 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.

What is a Career Services Provider?  NCDA Definition:

A Career Services Provider, formerly called a Career Development Facilitator, is a person who has completed the Facilitating Career Development Training Program (formerly called the Career Development Facilitator Training Program) and 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 Career Services Provider 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 title designates individuals working in a variety of career development settings. A Career Services Provider 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 career counseling. However, several professional groups recognized that many individuals who are currently providing career assistance are not professional counselors. The Facilitating Career Development training program was developed to provide standards, training specifications, and CCSP and GCDF credentialing opportunities for these career providers. The goal was to define and differentiate two levels of career practice.

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