Information for QCD Students

The role of the CDI

The Career Development Institute is the Awarding Body for the QCG/D and QCD and sets the sixteen Learning Outcomes which must be covered to achieve the QCG/D. It also provides a team of Moderators who visit the Centres to check how the Learning Outcomes and Professional Practice requirements are covered and assessed. In January 2017 the Qualification in Career Development replaced the QCG/D.

The QCG/D and QCD are the only qualifications that are awarded by the CDI as the professional body for the sector.

Student Conference

Each year the CDI organises Student Conferences. A copy of the presentations made available from previous Student Conferences can be downloaded from the Training and Events section.

Student membership

As a QCD student you must be a student member of the CDI.

Benefits of CDI student membership include:

  • Fortnightly News by Email
  • Career Matters - quarterly magazine (We welcome articles written by students)
  • NICEC Journal
  • Free webinars
  • Attendance at two free NICEC/CDI CPD days each year
  • Careers in Careers Vacancies
  • LinkedIn/Twitter
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • CDI Conference
  • Taking part in the UKCDA
  • Member discounts on events
  • Monthly CPD Newsletter
  • Being able to contribute to policy responses in the name of the CDI

UK Register of Career Development Professionals

Once you have qualified you will be able to join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. The Register is the sector equivalent of Chartered Status and is proof that you hold a QCF Level 6/SCQF Level 11 or above qualification, adhere to the CDI Code of Ethics and undertake and record a minimum of 25 hours CPD per year. You can use the post nominal RCDP, lapel badge and logo to confirm and promote your registered status.

As a Registrant you can produce a profile for the Find a Registered Career Development Professional section of the website which employers and members of the public access to find providers of career development services; 

If you have any questions relating to the above please contact the CDI Professional Development Manager, Claire Johnson,