QCG/D Payments

The Qualification in Career Development (QCD) is the professional qualifications for working in career development sector and is awarded by the Career Development Institute. From January 2017 the Qualification in Career Development replaced the Qualification in Career Guidance/Development.

Most professional qualifications require that a fee is paid. The QCD fee of £310 covers the cost of having your QCD Professional Report moderated by a team of qualified and experienced CDI Moderators, the provision of a Student Conference in both Scotland and England and the updating of the QCD each year so that it continues to meet the demands of employers from across the UK career development sector.


Whilst undertaking the QCDyou are also required to be a student member of the CDI. This brings a range of benefits which will help you with your studies. Full CDI membership for a year costs £97 but as a student you receive exactly the same benefits for just £50 and this lasts for 18 months if you are a full time student and 2 years if you are a part-time student.

Fees can be refunded if a student leaves the course within the first month. Refunds after this date, due to exceptional circumstances, are at the discretion of the Professional Development Manager.

How to pay

Direct Debit

You can make a one off payment for your QCD fee plus CDI Student membership of £360 by using this form.

You can pay by direct debit in two instalments for your QCD fee plus CDI Student membership by using this form.

First instalment of £210 within a month of starting the course.

Second instalment of £160 in February 2017 for those who began the course in September/October 2016 and in May 2017 for those who began their course in January 2017. (Additional £10 covers the admin costs of the Direct Debit)

If you are a UWS student paying half of the QCGD fee of £155 plus the CDI Student membership fee of £50 by a one off payment please use this form.

Payment by means other than direct debit

We prefer that people pay by direct debit but if you would like to pay by credit card or cheque or if your employer is paying for either your QCD fee or CDI Student membership and wishes to be invoiced, please contact Dan Hope, Membership Services Manager who will be able to send you the relevant documentation or invoice your employer.

For those students for whom Skills Development Scotland are paying the fees we will contact SDS directly so you do not need to contact Dan.

Dan.hope@thecdi.net. Telephone: 01384 445621  


Late Payment

We ask that you pay your fees within a month of starting the course. Failure to do so will result in a late payment fee of £50 for each month that you fail to pay.

If you have any questions about the above please contact CDI Professional Development Manager, Claire.johnson@thecdi.net.

Student Membership Details

So that we can send you your membership benefits, e.g. fortnightly News by Email, quarterly Career Matters and twice yearly NICEC Journal we need to have up to date contact information for you.

Please complete the Student membership form within a month of starting your course.

Once we have received payment of your fees and your contact details you will be sent a Welcome email which will provide you with your CDI membership number and password.