Higher Apprenticeship Standard: Career Development Professionals

The new  Higher Apprenticeship: Career Development Professional was approved in May 2019.

This two year (24 months) apprenticeship route is at level 6 and includes “the attainment of a level 6 or higher career-related qualification (60 credits) approved by the Career Development Institute as giving eligibility to the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. 

This means that individuals can train to be either careers advisers or careers leaders through this new higher apprenticeship route.

The qualification element of the off the job training can be any qualification currently accepted for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. For the majority of people this is likely to be

  • Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development or
  • Post Graduate Certificate in a Career Related area as listed in the Register brochure.

N.B. The recommendation in the Statutory Guidance is that for those people providing personal career guidance the Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance/QCD should be held or the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. The apprenticeship funding of the post graduate certificate therefore provides a stepping stone to the achievement of the post graduate diploma for which additional funding would be required.

This new higher apprenticeship has been allocated to Band 12, which means that employers will be able to draw down up to £9,000 over two years to contribute to the cost of higher apprentice training.

More information

We are currently seeking more information on:

  1. What employers need to do to become Registered ie The process and the timescales for registering as an apprenticeship training provider.
  2. What the process is for organisations to become End Point Assessors.

In the meantime please see:

The Standard is also available on-line as is the End Point Assessment (EPA) 

As organisations become registered as Apprenticeship Training Providers or End Point Assessment Organisations their details will also appear on the above link.

For information on centres offering the Level 6 Diploma, including the CDI, please see: https://www.thecdi.net/QCF-Centres

For universities offering the post graduate certificate please see: https://www.thecdi.net/Getting-Qualified/QCG-D-Contact-Details

General information

Becoming an apprenticeship training provider - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/becoming-an-apprenticeship-training-provider

End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-of-end-point-assessment-organisations

Higher Apprenticeship Standard: Career Development Professional - https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/career-development-professional/

Institute of Apprentices – website link - https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/about/

Register of End Point Assessor Organisations - To apply to become an EPAO: https://assessors.apprenticeships.education.gov.uk/