Student membership

If you are currently working towards a career development qualification, join as a student member to access all the support you need

Student membership gives all the benefits of being a CDI member, at a discounted rate. Gain access to a wide range of training, crucial member advice from support communities plus the latest sector updates and research to help you through your studiesBeing a member of the CDI also demonstrates your commitment to high standards of practice and ethics right from the very beginning. Once youve completed your studies, it is easy to upgrade to an individual or registered professional membership. 

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Student Member-logoBenefits of student membership

  • Access 600+ resources in the CPD Resources area: from the history of the profession to the latest research into best practice and the impact of careers (accessed from the members’ only part of the website)
  • Attend free CPD webinars to explore topics of interest and record CPD hours in the Members' Area
  • Learn from free webinars tailored to student members on applying for jobs and networking. For example: 
    Finding a Careers Job 
    Professional Networking
  • Develop your digital skills with free practical training via our Digital Bytes webinars
  • Join our Expert Training Sessions at discounted rates, accessing presentations and workshops by thought leaders and expert practitioners across career development
  • Book your free place at the annual CDI Student Conference (England or Scotland)
  • Join our professional communities via our member-only social media groups, to network and learn from other students and practitioners: Community of Practice: Career Development ProfessionalsCommunity of Practice: Careers Leaders and Career Development in Scotland
  • Take part in careers community meetings in your region, managed by the CDI’s regional reps, with discussion and support from practitioners from all areas of career development
  • Receive your quarterly Career Matters magazine (hard copy) with features on the latest research and practice, spotlight on different careers and reviews of books, resources and websites (back copies are available in the CPD Resources section in the members’ only area)
  • Read our monthly email updates: CDI News, Chief Executive Update, Training and Events, CPD Resources and termly Student Newsletter
  • Find your perfect role with free access to the Careers in Careers job board 
  • Promote yourself with a certificate of membership and use of the CDI Student Member logo
  • Receive your free NICEC journal - free pdf copy twice a year in April and October (back copies are available in the CPD Resources section in the members’ only area)



On joining the CDI as a student member, you will be expected to adhere to the CDI Code of Ethics. You must read and agree to this as part of your application process. 



Student membership costs just £55 per year - nearly 50% discount on the individual membership fee! Annual membership commences from the day that you register. A once payable admin fee of £25 will be levied on all new memberships. 


How do I become a member?

Applying for membership is easy, you can apply online by completing the online application form.

If you are unable to apply online, you can download the Membership Application Form (PDFWord) and send it to

Find out more about payment options here.

We have a different payment method for QCD students at one of our associated university QCD centres: find out more and complete the QCD student application form. (if doing a qualification with an OCR centre or with the universities of Warwick or Birkbeck please apply as a Student member above.)


UK Register of Career Development Professionals

Once you are qualified and become a full CDI member you can join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals as proof of your level of qualification, adherence to the CDI Code of Ethics and updating your skills and knowledge by undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year.