About us

Career development enables people to achieve their career and life goals, benefiting individuals, the economy and society.

The CDI is proud to be the UK’s professional body for all aspects of career development, supporting our members to work to the highest standards and championing the profession. 

We encourage new entrants into the world of career development and help them get qualified to provide careers education, information, advice and guidance. We set standards for professional practice, including the CDI Code of Ethics, which are recognised by government, and provide resources and training for our members to continually develop. 

CDI members receive a wide range of benefits, from professional registration and training to connecting with fellow practitioners in our many communities, receiving regular magazines and updates and much more. 

We support research and thought leadership across the profession, hosting conferences that showcase the latest national and international thinking as well as producing key resources to inform practice from primary school through to adult provision. We also award the Careers Assured quality mark to recognise digital and CPD resources that meet practitioners’ needs. 

We champion the sector so that governments, employers and the public recognise the value that can be added to the worlds of education, skills and employment by supporting individuals through career transitions and equipping them with lifelong career development skills. 

We achieve this through our own work and by collaborating with UK and international organisations, including as part of the Career Development Policy Group, to share learning, align key policy positions and act together to raise the profile of career development. 

We provide consultancy services for a range of organisations, from governments to careers providers, local authorities to schools and colleges, as well as to suppliers to the profession. We offer a range of advertising and sponsorship opportunities to reach our members and their clients, as well as using our expertise to support you with consulting, qualification and development projects. 

All of this is achieved with our dedicated team [link], our Professional Standards Committee, expert Associates and volunteers, overseen by the CDI Board. We are bound by our governing documents and reinvest all surplus income into supporting our members and championing the sector.