Saturday, November 17, 2007

Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

Global Career Development Facilitator

Dr. Mary Askew is now a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) (Certification Number: GCDF08136-US).

Here is a review of the Certification information from the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.(CCE) web site.

Function of the Career Development Facilitators (GCDFs)

Career Development Facilitators (GCDFs) help people meet career goals by providing career facilitation and guidance. Facilitators (GCDFs) work alongside professionals with more extensive training in government employment agencies, schools, universities, corporate human resources departments, private consultancy firms, and many other settings.

What is the history of the GCDF credential?

The Career Development Facilitator (CDF) project was initially developed in 1997 through a collaborative arrangement between the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.(CCE), the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC).

Since that time, the GCDF was developed offering country specific standardization and recognition to career development professionals. The GCDF is currently offered in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Turkey, and the United States.

What are possible career paths for GCDFs?

This title designates individuals working in a variety of career development settings. Career Development Facilitators may serve as:

  • Career group facilitators
  • Job search trainers
  • Career resource center coordinators
  • Career coaches
  • Career development case managers
  • Intake interviewers
  • Occupational and labor market information resource persons
  • Human resource career development coordinators
  • Employment/placement specialists
  • Workforce development personnel

What are the expected competencies of GCDFs?

The Global Career Development Facilitator will be competent to work in the following areas:

  • 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/Implementation
  • Promotion and Public Relations
  • Technology
  • Supervision

What are the benefits of becoming a GCDF?

The credential was established to recognize the training and background of those working in career development fields, and to establish minimum competency areas.

Benefits of the CDF certification include:

  • A national/portable credential
  • A marketable credential
  • Professional recognition
  • Clarification of a Scope of Practice
  • National Skills Standards

Source: Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.(CCE),, 2007

Read more about the Global Career Development Facilitator.

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