Career Support staff in schools: Certificate in Careers Support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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Book a place on the CDI Certificate in Careers
Support for Students with SEND (Level 4)

The level 4 Certificate is aimed at those working within an education setting, for example a Special School, FE College or a mainstream school focusing on young people with SEND who provide career related learning and support students in their career journey but who are not level 6 Career Guidance qualified and therefore not qualified to deliver personal career guidance.

This course will not equip someone to become a qualified career guidance professional but rather it is for someone in a support role who would benefit from a structured and accredited course which will build on their background experience of careers, and broadens their knowledge around the early career development of young people with SEND.

The course comprises five modules

Module 1

  • Understanding the Career Sector and Context
  • Trends and developments in careers work
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

Module 2

  • Responsibilities, challenges and opportunities
  • Barriers to progression
  • Opportunities for progression
  • Improvement plans

Module 3

  • Effective communication and helping skills
  • Code of ethics
  • Structuring a helping conversation

Module 4

  • Effective networking, advocacy and partner engagement
  • Employer engagement
  • Working with client support networks

Module 5

  • Sources of information and support
  • Developing your evidence of practice

Training support

  • Pre reading materials which will be sent to candidates at least two weeks before the course commences
  • Recorded webinars
  • Workbook to support your learning
  • Live action learning sets

The live sessions will be conducted on Zoom and will be recorded so that you can refer to these in future. Participants will need to have access to a camera and microphone in order to access this training.

The following OCR units make up the accredited route for this programme.  The units selected provide 12 of the 45 credits that make up the QCF level 4 in career Information and Advice; and also  12 of the 60 credits that make up the QCF level 6 in Career Guidance and Development

  • Unit 1 Preparing to work in the Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Sector
  • Unit 15 Understand how to support specific client groups to overcome barriers to learning, training and work
  • Unit 12 Engage with support networks to help clients to meet their career-related needs

The accredited route requires that you produce evidence of your work with SEND students.  The non-accredited route means that you attend the training only. And will not have access to additional learning resources


CDI Certificate for education staff who provide career support for SEND students (Level 4)


Face to Face programme

On line programme

Accredited Package (training and assessment)

1050 +VAT

(£105 membership fee + admin fee £25)

970 +VAT

(£105 membership fee + admin fee £25)

Non-Accredited Package (training only)

465 +VAT

405 +VAT