CDI Academy - Cert in Careers Leadership

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As the professional body for the sector the CDI is delighted that following OCR Approval in February 2017 the CDI Academy now offers the full range of QCF qualifications in career information, advice, guidance and development.

CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership

In response to demands from the sector and the growing awareness amongst politicians and stakeholders of the role of Careers Leaders in schools and colleges we have decided to start our delivery with the CDI Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership

This certificate provides essential training for people who are either new to the careers leadership role or who have many years of experience and would like to have accreditation for their work. It comprises the QCF Level 6 units in:

  • Lead and manage career development work in an organisation;
  • Continuously improve career development work in an organisation;
  • Plan and design career-related learning programmes.

Details of the three units can be can be found in the units section at:


What is involved

For each of the three units attendance at a live training day will be required. These taught days, delivered by experienced career development professionals will cover the knowledge and skills that you will be expected to evidence in order to demonstrate your competence.

All candidates will receive a bespoke workbook for each of the units; the opportunity to attend specific CDI webinars; join a Community of Interest for Career Leadership candidates and the chance to hear talks as part of their training days from national experts.

All candidates will be allocated an experienced Assessor who will explain the assessment arrangements, monitoring of progress and how to use OneFile to house the evidence. 

No previous qualifications are required to undertake this certificate but appropriate workload, academic ability and commitment to study at level 6 are needed. You must be a full member of the CDI to undertake this qualification.

Booking a place

To book a place on the three training days please go to:CDI Training and Events. Please book all three dates from within the same cohort if you intend to undertake the qualification. If you would like to simply attend the training day/s for your own CPD and not undertake the qualification, if space allows it may be possible for individuals to join the training days without pursuing the accreditation.

Joining the UK Register of Career Development Professionals

Those who successfully complete the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership meet the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals as a Careers Leader. Please note that this qualification does not qualify the holder to deliver career guidance to individuals.

If you have undertaken these three units with a different provider you can apply to the CDI to have these individual units endorsed as a CDI Certificate. To do this you need to be a CDI member and the certificate will be provided for £25. Please contact for further information. A list of assessment centres which are also CDI Affiliate organisations can be accessed on the QCF Qualifications Page

Quality in Careers Standard and the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. The Department for Education currently recommends that schools should work towards a CEIAG Quality Award which is nationally validated by the Quality in Careers Standard.

To achieve a Quality Award a school, college or work-based learning provider must produce evidence which demonstrates how these criteria have been met.

Licensed Awarding Bodies are authorised by the Quality in Careers Consortium Board to award the Quality in Careers Standard; some operate nationally, others are more regionally/locally based.

Producing the evidence to show how the criteria have been met is of benefit to the institution as it shows where a provider is doing well and also where provision can be improved. For individuals leading this process who are also undertaking the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership the production of evidence can serve a dual purpose as much of the evidence needed for the CEIAG Quality Award can also be used as evidence for achieving the criteria set out in the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership.

  • Download our helpful guide  for further information on where providing evidence for a CEIAG Quality Award can also help in meeting the learning outcomes for these units.