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The Career Development Institute is the  UK-wide professional body for the career development sector. We launched in April 2013 and nearly four years on, we have a growing membership of nearly 5000.


Who are the members?

Our members come from a wide range of organisations across the sector including schools and colleges, higher education, adult guidance services, career coaching, career management companies, national careers services in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the wider public sector, the voluntary sector and private sector.

They work as career advisers and career coordinators, teachers, personal advisers, career coaches, IAG workers and career management consultants; team leaders, managers, and chief executives; they are writers, researchers and human resource specialists.

We are also pleased to support students following careers related qualifications including the Qualification in Career Guidance/Qualification in Career Guidance and Development/Qualification in Career Development  and QCF Level 4 and 6 qualifications in career guidance and development plus many others.

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Do you have to be a career adviser to be a member?

The simple answer is no. Many of our members are practising career advisers, career coaches and career educators, but this is not a criterion of membership. However, you do need to be a CDI member to join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

People join the CDI for a wide range of reasons. For example, some of our members have joined simply because they want to support the work of the career development sector; some members are keen to promote themselves and their organisations through the Professional Register while others have retired from full-time work but want to keep in touch with the colleagues in the sector. 

What do all CDI members have in common?

Perhaps the single unifying theme amongst our members is that they subscribe to the CDI's Code of Ethics and believe in the principles of CPD. They also believe passionately in the benefits that career development in its widest sense brings to our society and the economy. Career development embraces career education, information, advice, guidance and career management.

This is why the CDI can be found leading political debate on career development issues; lobbying hard on behalf of its members and championing the value of effective and impartial career education, information, advice and guidance.

Beneficial To You

Beneficialtoyou linkOn the 10th and 11th of September 2016, we ran webinars entitled "CDI Membership – Beneficial to You, Your Clients, and Your Business". The webinar was free for members and non-members to attend, and expanded on the benefits of CDI Membership that weren't always immediately apparent.

During the webinar, we shared three unique viewpoints on CDI Membership and access to the Register; firstly, Claire Johnson, CDI Professional Development Manager, explained why the CDI came into being, its achievements since 2013, the benefits of CDI membership, the further benefits of being on the Register of Guidance Practitioners and the three different routes to registration; also sharing her viewpoint was Rosemary McLean, a NICEC Fellow who volunteers her time organising the Independent Coaches and Consultants Community of Interest, and also sits on the CDI Council; finally, Dave Cordle, a private practitioner and CDI member, shared how he finds CDI membership most beneficial to him as a private practitioner, a business owner, and a independent career adviser.

Although aimed at Independent Coaches and Consultants the webinar also has applicability for people across the sector so please take the time to watch this webinar online for free, which hopefully will answer any questions you may have and which will give you a further insight into CDI membership and whether it is suitable for you.

How to become a member?

Applying for membership is easy, you can either;