School Affiliate

New School Affiliate – member benefits

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What would being a CDI School Affiliate bring to my school?

The package of membership services has been specifically developed to support professionals in their role by providing:

  • Networking through online communitiesSchool Affiliate-logo-2015
  • Sector news, regular updates and press releases on issues that are important to our sector
  • Research
  • CPD opportunities, conferences and skills training at reduced member rates
  • National representation
  • Recognition and use of the CDI School Affiliate logo
  • Opportunity to take part in the UK Career Development Awards
Brochures: School Affiliate - The benefits of joining the CDI  (England, Feb 2016)
New School Affiliate - The benefits of joining the CDI (Scotland, January 2016)

What are the benefits of School Affiliate Membership?

The named contact for membership will receive:

  • A fortnightly email – CDI News by Email – a highly regarded news source
  • Career Matters – the CDI’s quarterly magazine, posted to your chosen address
  • Monthly CPD newsletter
  • Free CPD webinars - simply sign-up online
  • Free PDF copy of the NICEC Journal, twice a year in April and October
  • Weekly email advertising the latest job vacancies on the Careres in Careers job board
  • Electronic communications; social networking – Twitter @theCDI and @UKCDA and LinkedIn
  • Access to a wide range of professional development opportunities from initial training to ongoing, accredited CPD
  • Opportunity to join active online communities of interest in career education; higher education and learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Invitation to attend two free to members research focused development days, led by NICEC annually
  • Access to CDI members-only area of the website and key publications, eg Why does employer engagement matter?
  • Promote your school as part of the CDI network: your own information ‘page’ on the CDI website, featuring your school logo, a brief (100-word) description, and a link to your own website.

Importantly all members are required to abide by the CDI’s Code of Ethics which is supported by a disciplinary process. The Code can be displayed in your careers room.   


Academy chains and bulk membership

Secondary schools are increasingly becoming part of Academy groups/chains which vary in size from three-four secondary schools to larger organisations with over 25 secondary schools. Where an Academy chain wishes to purchase bulk membership for its schools, we offer the following:

Number of Schools Bulk Membership Discount
5-14 10%
15+ 25%

A once payable admin fee of £25 will be levied on all new memberships, including those that are part of a Bulk Scheme.

As an additional benefit, we also provide CDI Affiliate Organisation membership for the HQ office free of charge, and all benefits included within. 

Confirming all the names and contact addresses of School Affiliates (including their named contacts) who are part of a Bulk Scheme can take time, so we require organisations to pay the Bulk Scheme within 30 days of receipt of invoice. If full payment has not been received within 60 days then all memberships will be lapsed. If this Bulk Scheme is later reinstated the £25 joining fee will be reapplied for all members within the scheme.


Can my careers team join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals?

The Register celebrates and endorses clear standards for high quality, differentiated practice across the career development sector. You need to be an individual member of the CDI in order to join the Register.

Being on the Register is the sector equivalent of chartered status and provides proof to school/college governors, parents, employers, external agencies and clients that a QCF Level 6 or above qualification in career development or equivalent is held, that the person adheres to the Code of Ethics and maintains their CPD (at least 25 hours recorded each year).

Other Register benefits include:

  • Free places on all our webinars: general interest; CPD; higher education and professional skills webinars

 Please note, Affiliate Membership cannot be used in conjunction with CDI Academy courses.

How much does being a School Affiliate cost?

The annual fee for School Affiliates is £105 per year, plus a once payable admin fee of £25. We welcome new members throughout the year, ie there is no fixed membership year and you will be sent a new renewal invoice after 12 months.

You can pay by:

  • Credit card over the phone, and soon online
  • Cheque (please make cheques payable to The Career Development Institute and write your school name and that of the named member and their membership number, on the back of the cheque)
  • BACS, with both the name of the school, name of the nominated member or their membership number, in the reference.


How do I apply?

Applying for membership is easy, you can either;