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 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, at a cost of £55 per year, during which you gain access to our full range of Membership Benefits


QCD Student Membership Details

As the registration and payment process is different for QCD Student Members, we provide an alternative application route to ensure we get the information we need and that it iss processed in line with your QCD course centre registration. 

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

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 direct to them. Remember to provide details on your student membership form.  


QCD and Membership 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.

Student Membership fee - Direct Debit

To pay your £55 CDI Student membership fee by Direct Debit, please use this link (This payment will leave your account approximately 3 days after set up.)

QCD Registration fee - Direct Debit

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 mandate form. Once this is set up and we receive notification then the next 2 payments will be added to your DD instalment plan. 

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- Finance & 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 directly. 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.