International Partnerships

While the CDI is the membership body for UK career development professionals, we have a growing number of international members and we work with international partners to share learnings in professional careers practice and research globally. 

The CDI has developed the following partnerships to add benefit to CDI members, support career development best practice worldwide and build collaborative relationships with key partners. 


Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) 

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NICE brings together HE institutions and individuals involved in the academic training of career practitioners. Funded by the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme from 2009-2015, NICE is now managed by the NICE Foundation. The network includes over 250 individuals from more than 40 countries, representing more than 50 training programs for career practitioners across Europe. As one of the founding members, the CDI continues to work with the NICE network. 


International Career Development Peak Body Network (ICDPBN) 

This network of national careers organisations started in May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the organisations involved shared the impacts of the crisis on their careers systems and discussed how best to respond. 

The ICDPBN is made up of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA), the Career Development Institute (CDI), The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), The South African Career Development Association (SACDA) and The Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ). 

The group have developed the International Think Tank Webinar Series, with 5 planned episodes exploring the history and role of career development around the world. Members of the CDI and the other organisations can join these webinars for free, as well as access recordings. The webinars held have been: 

  • Career Theory and Practice. October 2021. Professor Emeritus Wendy Patton, Queensland University of Technology, Professor Nancy Arthur, The University of South Australia, Dr Gideon Arulmani, The Promise Foundation, India 
  • Policy and political climate: Coming spring 2022 
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion: Coming summer 2022 
  • Social justice and advocacy: Coming late 2022 


International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) 


 The CDI joined this long-established body for international organisations representing the careers profession in January 2022. The IAEVG provides global leadership in and advocates for guidance by promoting ethical, socially just, and best practices throughout the world so that career, educational and vocational guidance and counselling is available to all citizens from competent and qualified practitioners. 

Aside from the opportunity to represent the UK on the international stage, membership of the IAEVG adds benefits which can be of value to CDI members: 

  • Opportunities to build relationships and learn from colleagues across the global professional community. 
  • Access the IAEVG newsletter and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance – as well as opportunities for members to contribute articles. 
  • Attend IAEVG-endorsed international conferences at discounted rates. 
  • Promoting the role of educational and vocational guidance with key international bodies such as UNESCO, ILO, the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES) and the Council of Europe (COE). 
  • Fostering educational and vocational guidance in developing countries. 
  • Influence the IAEVG by nominating and voting for members of the Board and Executive. 


The Institute of Career Certification International (ICCI) 


The CDI has had a strategic relationship with the ICCI for a number of years, whereby ICCI qualifications are recognised for members wishing to join the Register. 

The ICCI is an independent, competency-based, certifying body of career development practitioners, building a global network of career professionals. It provides leadership in certifying professional practice, advocating inclusive practice and embracing diversity of client focused services on career and talent development and life-design counselling & coaching. It recognises individual and corporate excellence in service delivery and practice.