Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Do I need to be a Careers Adviser to become a CDI Member?

The short answer is; no, not at all! You don’t have to be working in the career development sector but you do have to have an active interest in the sector. 

Our members come from anywhere in the career development sector, across the UK and internationally, for example; people working as career advisers and careers leaders, personal advisers, career coaches, employability coaches and advisers, and career management consultants; team leaders, managers, and chief executives; writers, researchers and human resource specialists. We also have a wide range of career-sector organisations, and Students studying qualifications through their Universities, within work placement, or home study courses. 

The Professional Register does have a more detailed set of requirements to join, but our Individual Membership is available to anybody. 


Q: What are the CDI'S Bank Details?

 Bank: Lloyds Bank           Sort Code: 30-98-21            Account Number: 25337168

 Find out more about payment options here.


Q: How much is membership if I start half way through the year?

We operate a rolling membership year and therefore you will pay a full years membership when you complete an application form for membership and the membership renewal will be 12 months later.


Q: When will I receive my membership certificate?

Membership Certificates are distributed with the Career Matters magazine every October. To guarantee the safe arrival of your certificate, please ensure your address details are up to date and correct by the end of September - we cannot guarantee delivery of your Ceritifcate if your address is not up to date. 


Q: How can I pay for my membership?

  • Credit Card: Download, complete and return the Credit Card authorisation form to us. Alternatively we can take card payments over the telephone - please call: 01384 445629
  • Cheque made payable to the Career Development Institute. Please post your cheque to Career Development Institute, Ground Floor, Copthall House, 1 New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1PH
  • BACS transfer: to the Career Development Institute at Lloyds TSB, Sort Code 30-98-21, Account 25337168 
  • Direct Debit: payment by single direct debit or by installments. Find out more about payment options here.


Q: If I join as an Affiliate Organisation or a School Affiliate, can the whole of my organisation use the benefits?

For an Affiliate membership, the organisation is considered the Member, and one Named Contact receives the benefits on the organisations behalf. Any benefits granted by the Affiliate membership applies only to the named contact and cannot be shared amongst a careers team or group of employees. This includes membership rates for CPD, training and conferences; quarterly copy of Career Matters etc. 

If you're looking to get a whole team signed up, we do offer increasing discounts for groups of 10+ members. The same is also true for Academy chains looking to sign up multiple School Affiliates. 

If your named contact changes throughout the Membership term, we can update the contact information on file, but we do limit how often this can be done over the course of the 12 month membership. 


Q: How much is the one-off joining fee?

The one-off joining fee is £25.00 and payable when you sign up for membership.


Q: Do I need to pay the joining fee again if my account is closed and I decide to rejoin at a later date?

Potentially, yes. If you rejoin within 12 months of your account being closed, either through termination of membership or lapsing due to non-payment, then we do have some flexibility on the joining fee. For accounts that were closed over 12 months ago, or for data that has been entirely deleted from our system, then we do need to set you up with a brand new account (and usually, a new membership number) - this will incur a joining fee, and is unavoidable. 

Contact us at if you're looking to rejoin and would like to discuss this with a member of our team.


Q: Does the £105 I pay for membership also cover membership of the Register of Career Development Professionals?

No. There are two lots of fees to pay. Membership of the CDI costs £105 (plus a one-off £25 admin fee). If in addition you wish to join the Professional Register, the cost is £55 in the first year and £25 thereafter to maintain your registration.


Q: Do I need to be a member of the CDI in order to be on the Register of Career Development Professionals?

Yes. Membership of the Professional Register is conditional on you being a member of the CDI, if your Membership account is lapsed then your Professional Register entry is also immediate closed.


Q: Why can't I be on both the RCDP & the RCL listing pages?

We are trying to make the distinction between people who are qualified to provide personal career guidance/development (RCDP) and those who are qualified in careers leadership (RCL) but who are not qualified to provide personal career guidance/development. On the RCDP page it explains that some people will also be qualified in careers leadership. Adding a register profile will enable you to explain the range of career development services you offer including, if relevant, careers leadership.


Q: Is there a membership category for unwaged members?

No. Also currently there are no fee reductions for unwaged members to attend events.


Q: Who is my regional representative and how do I contact them?

Details of Board Members, and Council Reps, including regional representatives can be accessed here


Q: Does the CDI offer Fellowships and Life Membership?

In 2020 we introduced a system of Fellowships, well recognised in professional associations, to distinguish and honour the commitment of eminent members who have contributed to both the development of the CDI and the career development profession.

Our Fellows will play an important role for us as champions of career development and ambassadors for the CDI. Importantly, to be considered for a Fellowship, it is expected that members will have made a significant contribution to elements of career development practice.

You can read more about out Fellowships, and those who have been awarded one, on the CDI Fellowships page. 


Q: What Membership type is required for CDI Academy courses?

All CDI Academy courses require an Individual Membership in the name of the attendee. Accredited Academy courses cannot be undertaken with a School or Affiliate Organisation membership, and you will be required to purchase an Individual Membership to continue your accredited course.