Types of Membership and Fees

2020-21: The CDI has six types of membership:

Individual Members


Registered Professional Members (Year1)

Registered Professional Members (Subsequent Years)





Retired Members


International Membership


School Affiliates


Affiliate Organisations


New members can join at any time in the year. All new members will additionally pay a one-off £25 admin charge (with the exception of Registered Professional Members).

We offer a Bulk Membership Scheme for organisations wishing to enrol 10 or more members.

Membership Services

  • An effective network of communication and on-going support for members, responsive to their specific needs, through a regular professional journal, newsletters, electronic communications, regional events (including establishing formal fora in each of the Home Nations), a helpline facility and the use of social media.
  • Access to a wide range of professional development opportunities from initial training and ongoing accredited CPD.
  • Free CPD webiars for members and monthly CPD newsletter.
  • Setting and monitoring standards of professional practice to assure the general public and potential users of career development services and activities of the quality of professionals.
  • Partnerships with employers, employer bodies, trade unions, providers of teaching and learning resources and sector specific organisations.
  • A CPD recording area which will enable career development professionals to record their own learning and facilitate career advancement.
  • Access to trade partners, securing low cost access to a range of benefits.

Individual members of the CDIMember-logo-2015

  • Work in or have an interest in career development                                     
  • Support the mission and aims of the CDI
  • Practice within the CDI Code of Ethical Practice
  • For more information see Member Benefits

Registered Professional Members

This new type of individual membership was launched in 2016: You can now choose to join the CDI and UK Register of Career Development Professionals at the same time, at a unique discount price – a saving of £25 on the standard price of combined membership. The total cost to join as a CDI Registered Professional is £160, with a renewal fee of £130 per year. 

Doctors, lawyers, teachers are seen as professional roles with an expectation of professional qualification, ethical and reflective practice. We uphold these and the other hallmarks of professionalism: regularly updating our skills and knowledge and advocating on behalf of our profession.

In this the year for "Advocating for the Career Development Sector’ we want to proclaim loudly that we are professionals. This special offer will help you to promote your professional status to everyone with whom you work.

Proving that you are a professionalRegistered Professional logo-2015

Becoming a member of the CDI brings a wide range of  and if you also join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals (sometimes referred to as ‘the Register’) you are demonstrating that you are professionally qualified in a career development subject to a minimum of QCF Level 6/SCQF level 11 and adhere to the CDI Code of Ethics

You can then call yourself a Registered Career Development Professional and use the RCDP logo and post nominals RCDP provided that you agree to undertake and record a minimum of 25 hours CPD each year.

If you have any questions or do not hold one of the relevant qualifications please contact the CDI Professional Development Manager, Claire.johnson@thecdi.net who will be able to advise you about our Alternative Qualifications and Competency Routes to the Register.

Please note, the Professional Register is only available for Individual Membership, and can not be utilised alongside Affiliate, School, or Student memberships. 

Student Members

We welcome students studying for the QCD, QCF Level 4 and Level 6 Diplomas to join the CDI as well as students undertaking Master's/Post Graduate Diplomas and Post Graduate Certificates in career development subjects - taking advantage of the discounted membership rate.

Student Membership of the Institute is ideal for individuals training to enter the profession.

As a Student Member you will automatically receive the CDI's Fortnightly News by Email, full of news stories, reports on CDI and sector activity; research and resources that you can tap into, and the Careers in Careers email vacancies bulletin, containing the latest jobs from the sector.

You will also receive copies of our quarterly professional magazine Career Matters, the NICEC Journal twice a year , monthly CPD Newsletter, access to the CPD Resources area and free webinars and be able to attend CDI events at the special Student rate. Each year we organise a National Student Conference - sample programme   

CDI Affiliate Organisation-logo-2015Affiliate Organisations

We welcome the support of partners and organisations including further and higher education institutions, Sector Skills Councils, private companies; other professional bodies and suppliers to the sector, subscribing to our Code of Ethics.

Affiliate Organisations have a carefully selected package of benefits which include the provision that one named employee will receive the full benefits of CDI membership. Affiliate organisations also have a specially designed logo which they can use on their printed materials and website.

School Affiliate-logo-2015School Affiliates

In response to requests from schools and career coordinators we have introduced a new type of membership for schools.

Our benefits package is designed around individuals, so your school needs to identify one person who will be ‘the named member’. This person will our communication point for receiving all membership benefits, with the exception of CPD, which can be extended to two additional named people, so up to three members of your careers team can benefit from attending our training at the discounted member rate.

See School Affiliate for the full benefits package and additional support that being part of the CDI will give your school.

International Member-logo-2018International Membership

Working outside of the UK and unable to take advantage of our physical events and posted resources? The International membership option was introduced to benefit those working outside of the immediate reach of the CDI but still looking to take advantage of our range of free Webinars, resources, and communities. 

International membership is considered purely digital, and comes with all of the digital benefits of a basic CDI membership. It is also available at a reduced rate to reflect the benefits being received. For a full list of benefits made available, visit the International Membership page.

To become a member

Applying for membership is easy, you can either;

If you have any queries about CDI membership, please email Matthew Webster at matthew.webster@thecdi.net or call him on 01384 376464.