Certificate in Careers Leadership

This certificate has been designed by the CDI for those people who complete the QCF Level 6 units in:

  • Lead and manage career development work in an organisation;
  • Continuously improve career development work in an organisation;
  • Plan and design career-related learning programmes.

The purpose of the CDI's recognition is that awarding bodies at the moment are only able to offer unit accreditation. It is the CDI that recognises this achievement for what it is and awards the CDI Certificate in Career Leadership.

Importantly, qualified teachers who successfully complete the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership meet the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

 How do I achieve the Certificate?

You need to be a member of the CDI and then you will need to register for the units through an Assessment Centre that has been approved to run this award by an awarding body.  Once you have achieved the three units you then apply to the CDI for the CDI Certificate in Career Leadership, by emailing the Professional Development Manager, Claire Johnson, Claire.johnson@thecdi.net and sending her a photocopy of your unit certificates.

If you are not currently a member of the CDI please contact Claire Johnson for a membership application form.

A list of assessment centres which are also CDI Affiliate organisations can be accessed on the QCF Qualifications Page. The price of the three units varies by assessment centre, so if you can be flexible it is worth shopping around. As a rough guide prices appear to range from £220 to £305 per unit.

Pearson/Edexcel also offer the units and details can be found by telephoning their Learner Support Specialists on 0845 6180440.

Quality in Careers Standard and the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership

The Quality in Careers Standard provides national validation for England’s range of Quality Awards for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. The Department for Education currently recommends that schools should work towards a CEIAG Quality Award which is nationally validated by the Quality in Careers Standard.

To achieve a Quality Award a school, college or work-based learning provider must produce evidence which demonstrates how the criteria set by the CEIAG Quality Award provider have been met. There are 12 Quality Award providers and all of them have to show how their Award covers and supports the following seven national validation criteria. At present 11 of the 12 awards have been nationally validated.

CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership

Producing the evidence to show how the criteria have been met is of benefit to the institution as it shows where a provider is doing well and also where provision can be improved. For individuals leading this process who are also undertaking the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership the production of evidence can serve a dual purpose as much of the evidence needed for the CEIAG Quality Award can also be used as evidence for achieving the criteria set out in the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership which comprises the following three Level 6 units:

  • Unit 21: Lead and manage career development work in an organisation;
  • Unit 22: Continuously improve career development work in an organisation and
  • Unit 23: Plan and design career-related learning programmes.

Download our helpful guide  for further information on where providing evidence for a CEIAG Quality Award can also help in meeting the learning outcomes for these units.