Launched in May 2013, the UK Register of Career Development Professionals is the single national point of reference for ensuring and promoting the professional status of career practitioners across the whole sector to other members of the profession, their customers and employers, as well as policy makers, funders and all other stakeholders.
Proving that you are a professional
Joining the UK Register of Career Development Professionals (Register) demonstrates that you are professionally qualified in a career development subject to a minimum of QCF Level 6/SCQF level 11, adhere to the CDI Code of Ethics and undertake and record a minimum of 25 hours CPD each year. You can then call yourself a Registered Career Development Professional and use the RCDP logo.
The Register is a UK wide point of reference for ensuring and promoting the professional status of career practitioners across the whole sector to other members of the profession, customers and employers, as well as policy makers, funders and all other stakeholders.
The Register isn’t just for private practitioners. It is for everyone providing career development services, including managers and trainers. Private practitioners use it to advertise their services via the Find a Career Development Professional facility. If you are employed you can also do this by adding your personal profile showing what services are offered by your company.
To further promote the use of the Register we are working with partners to publish a new online Directory, the UK Directory of National Providers, which will be used by schools, colleges and learning providers looking to find registered professionals in their area. It will list those people who are on the Register and companies employing Registered Career Development Professionals.
Promoting professional status
Using the Registered Career Development Professional logo and post nominals RCDP are important ways of promoting your professional status but being able to explain why career development is a profession is also critical to affirming our professional status. Notable features of a profession include:
- common body of theory and evidence on which the profession draws;
- clearly identified body of knowledge and skills, describing and defining professional standards, e.g. National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD);
- academic and work-based initial training routes and an extensive range of CPD opportunities up to doctoral level;
- professional institutions e.g. the CDI through which the profession is regulated and developed and quality assured (in terms of ethics, malpractice and the Register);
- community of practice served by the CDI and a range of other conferences, meetings and online CPD.
Maintaining your professional status
The CDI provides the means to record and reflect upon CPD; access to CPD Resources for online learning, publications and training events categorised under all seventeen NOS: CD; free webinars; Communities of Interest; qualification provision and information; Career Development Progression Pathway; Alternative Qualifications and Competency routes to the Register. CPD recording is monitored by the Professional Development Manager each year.
Promoting the work of the profession
Over the last 12 months the CDI has taken part in many meetings with the Department for Education and the Careers and Enterprise Company to promote the profession and the role and value of using qualified practitioners. A recent paper on this subject produced by Tristram Hooley, Siobhan Neary (International Centre for Guidance Studies) and Claire Johnson (CDI) can be found at: http://www.thecdi.net/Reports---Resources
Drafted at the request of Careers England, the paper has resonance for the whole UK and uses the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) typology of activities that comprise the skill base of the careers professional: Career information and assessment expert; Career educator; Career counsellor; Programme and service manager and Social systems intervenor and developer.
Looking at your role in these terms, alongside the NOS: CD will help you to explain what your own professional role involves and to advocate why all clients deserve this to be delivered by someone who is professionally qualified and experienced to do so.
If you are already a CDI member the cost of joining the UK Register of Career Development Professionals is £55. Conditional registration costs £30. Payment can be made by either credit card or BACS. To join please go to the members' only area of the website, enter your membership number and password and then click on Become Registered and follow the instructions.
An annual re-registration fee of £25.
We are now able to offer a new type of membership, Registered Professional Member.
This means that you can now choose to join the CDI and UK Register of Career Development Professionals at the same time for a unique discount price of £152 – a saving of £25 on the standard price of combined membership and registration. Please complete the online or paper-based application form or contact Dan.email@example.com.
Updated Feb 2016
Accessing the Register
The Register can be accessed through this website in two ways. You can:
- Search the Register to identify qualified practitioners (from the Home Page)
- Join the Register online for people who are already CDI members.
You must be a member of the CDI before you can join the Register.
| Registration is voluntary and open to those holding:
- CDI Approved Qualification or
- Alternative Qualifications (in areas such as careers education, human resources, youth and community, professional studies, business development and professional development) equivalent to QCF Level 6/SCQF Level 11 or above and who can provide robust assessed evidence of competence equivalent to QCF Level 6/SCQF Level 11 or above in career development based on the current National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD). Endorsement of these qualifications for the Register is a costed service of £145 plus VAT.
A Competency Route, based on the National Occupational Standards: Career Development will be available by early 2017. This will allow experienced practitioners who do not have the relevant qualifications to be able to access the Register. Details available from firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practitioners with S/NVQ Level 4 in a specified career development qualification can be conditionally registered as long as they achieve the three specified QCF Level 6 units or HE Modules before 31st March 2017. On completion of the units conditional registration can be converted to full registration. Anyone wishing to have this combination of qualifications or the alternative qualifications route recognised as being equivalent to QCF Level 6 must join the Register before 31st March 2018.
Make a public commitment to uphold the Code of Ethics of the CDI and understand how to apply ethical considerations to your work
Be able to evidence your competence as a career development professional at QCF Level 6/SCQF Level 11 or above
Make a commitment to your own continuous professional development and advancement of your professional knowledge and understanding, including meeting specific CPD requirements for maintaining registration
Agree to abide by and maintain the standards set for registration and understand that failure to do so may result in disciplinary action being taken by the CDI
Be currently practising as a career development professional, recently qualified or seeking employment in the sector. This includes managers and trainers.
The Register - a summary
- UK Register of Career Development Professionals was launched in May 2013.
- As of April 2017 there are nearly 1300 people on the Register.
- A Competency Route will be available by early 2017.
- Registration is voluntary, although supported by the Government as a means of regulating the market. The Register is mentioned in the March 2015 Statutory Guidance, Career Guidance and Inspiration in Schools.
- 25 hours of CPD is required annually to maintain your registration.
- Those with the currently approved qualifications or combination of qualifications can join immediately
- Conditional registration is available for those working towards the combination of qualifications routes. The combination required must be achieved by 31st March 2018 and full registration secured in order to have the combination recognised as equivalent to QCF Level 6
If you have any questions relating to the above please contact the Professional Development Manager - Claire.Johnson@thecdi.net
More information about the above can be found in UK Register of Career Development Professionals - The Benefits and Requirements of Registration (Feb 2016).