QCD Student Member

Joining the CDI as a QCD Student

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

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. CDI QCD Student membership is for the duration of your course and costs £55. (As a student member you recieve excactly the same benefits as a CDI Individual membership saving you £50).


QCD Student Membership Details

To enable us to start your QCD journey with the CDI we require you to click the link below and submit the QCD Student Membership form. (Without this information we will be unable to process you onto our memberbase and send you your membership benefits, e.g. fortnightly News by Email, quarterly Career Matters, details of free webinars, digital bytes and twice yearly NICEC Journal.)


Once we have received your Student Membership form you will be sent a Welcome email which will provide you with the following details.

  • CDI membership number and password which enables you access to all CPD resources.
  • QCD Course Fee and CDI QCD Student membership fee invoices (if applicable)
  • Details of how to pay
  • Details of the CDI website and your benefits
  • CDI Student logo


QCD and Membership Fees

The QCD fee for both full and part-time students is a one off fee of £310. You are also required to have a  CDI Student Membership account, at a cost of £55 for the duration of your course. When you have completed your course and we have been notified by your University you will receive an email with information about membership going forwards.  

If you are paying the QCD fee yourself you can pay by direct debit, credit card or cheque.

How To Pay

Details of how to pay are provided in your welcome email.

You can pay by the following methods

  • Credit card payment for full payment of QCD fee and /or student membership fee can be made by calling 01384 445629 Mon-Fri 9am-1pm.
  • For direct debit links for full payment /student fees /instalments please contact Lyn.burgess@thecdi.net. We offer direct debits for either a one-off payment of the full amount or payment in 3 stages for your QCD fee. ( 3 instalments of £110. This includes an admin fee.) Student membership must be paid in full. 
    • 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.
  • Bank Transfer for full payment / student fee to the Career Development Institute at Lloyds Bank
    • Sort Code 30-98-21, Account No. 25337168
  • If your employer or university is paying your QCD fees we will invoice them provided you have supplied an email address on your student form. 

Late Payment

We ask that you pay your fees in full or initiate the direct debit process within a month of your course starting. Failure to do so will result in a 10% late payment charge for each month that you fail to pay.

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

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 Head of Professional Development and Standards.


If you have any questions about the above please contact Lyn.burgess@thecdi.net.