QCD Payments

The Qualification in Career Development (QCD) is the professional qualification for people working in career development sector and is awarded by the Career Development Institute.

Most professional qualifications require that a fee is paid. The QCD fee of £310 covers the cost of having your QCD Professional Report moderated by a team of qualified and experienced CDI Moderators, the provision of a Student Conference in both Scotland and England and the updating of the QCD each year so that it continues to meet the demands of employers from across the UK career development sector.

Whilst undertaking the QCD you are also required to be a student member of the CDI. This brings a range of benefits which will help you with your studies. Full CDI membership for a year costs £105 but as a student you receive exactly the same benefits for just £55 for the duration of your studies.


Fees can be refunded if a student leaves the course within the first month. Refunds after this date, due to exceptional circumstances, are at the discretion of the Professional Development Manager.


QCD Student Membership Details

So that we can send you your membership benefits, e.g. fortnightly News by Email, quarterly Career Matters, details of free webinars and twice yearly NICEC Journal we need to have up to date contact information for you.

Please complete the QCD Student Membership Form As soon as possible. 

Once we have received your Student Membership form you will be sent a Welcome email which will provide you with your CDI membership number and password.

If you are paying your QCD Course Fee and CDI QCD Student membership fee yourself we will send you an invoice. Details of how to pay in instalments are below.  If your employer or university is paying we will send the invoice to them. Remember to provide details on your student membership form.  To pay your CDI Student membership fee please Use this link (This payment will leave your account approximately 3 days after set up.)


QCD Fees

The QCD fee for both full and part-time students is a one off fee of £310.

If you are paying the QCD fee yourself you can pay by direct debit (preferred method) or credit card or cheque.


Direct Debit

If you have already started the course in September/October 2020 or you will start the course in January 2021  you can make a one off payment (which will leave your account approximately 3 days after set up.) for your QCD fee of £310 by Using this link 


You can pay by direct debit in three instalments of £110 each. There is an additional £20 charge for paying by direct debit.  To correctly authorise the payments we need you to complete the  Direct Debit form link  below. Once this is set up and we receive notification then the next 2 payments will be added to your DD instalment plan. 

   QCD 1st Payment Link - Use this link. 

 1st payment will leave your account approximately 3 days after set up. 

2nd payment will go out on 28th May 2021

3rd payment will go out 28th July 2021

 Direct Debits will appear on your account as GoCardless, our Direct Debit platform. If you receive an email stating that your schedule has finished this relates to your DD payment for that year and not your CDI membership. 


Payment by means other than direct debit

We prefer that people pay by direct debit but if you would like to pay the full amount by credit card or cheque please contact Lyn Burgess, lyn.burgess@thecdi.net, telephone: 01384 376464 Option 5 Fiance & payments who will be able to send you the relevant documentation. We can only accept full payment of £310 by these means.

If your employer or university is paying your QCD fees we will invoice them. Please remember to provide this information on your student form. 


Late Payment

We ask that you pay your fees on time. Failure to do so will result in a late payment fee of £50 for each month that you fail to pay.

You must be a CDI Student Member and your QCD fee paid in order that your qualification can be moderated and awarded.



If you have any questions about the above please contact CDI Professional Development Manager, Claire.johnson@thecdi.net.