Student Membership

The benefits of being a student member of the CDI

Click here to join nocursorIt’s fantastic that you are studying a qualification which enables you to provide professional personal career guidance/coaching. There has never been a more important time to join the career development profession as clients of all ages need professional career guidance/coaching to plan their careers in an uncertain climate of redundancies, fast changing labour markets, emerging career opportunities and the importance of work/life balance.

Becoming a student member of the CDI brings a whole range of benefits all of which will support you in your studies and then during your working life once you are qualified.

As a student you receive exactly the same membership benefits as full members but for the reduced price of £55. 

Student Member-logoYour student membership benefits include:

  • Termly Student Newsletter – covering items specifically aimed at our student members
  • Free bespoke webinars for student members on applying for jobs and networking
  • Free access to the CDI Student Conferences (England and Scotland) which will be virtual in 2021. Dates tbc but will appear in the Training and Events section of the website
  • Fortnightly News by Email – featuring CDI News; UK sector news and LMI; CDI training and events; research and reports; resources; and international information
  • Quarterly Career Matters Magazine – covering occupational information and LMI; careers education and guidance in schools/colleges; articles of interest to career professionals working with adults and private sector career coaches
  • Monthly CPD Newsletter – topic based approach to CPD with links to resources held in our members’ only area of the website
  • NICEC Journal – free PDF copy of the NICEC research journal twice a year in April and October
  • Use of the CDI Student Member logo
  • Free CPD webinars –opportunity to take part in any of our information and personal development webinars
  • Free digital bytes- join any of our short training sessions, designed to improve your digital skills
  • Access to sector vacancies on Careers in Careers and the opportunity to post your CV for potential employers to access
  • Use of the CDI Student Member logo
  • Member discounts on CPD in the UK – Including our biennial conference for career professionals; annual conference for career leaders in schools; one-day skills training; master classes and national training events
  • Networking opportunities through our Community of Practice: Career Development Professionals and  Community of Practice: Careers Leaders

Also as part of your membership:

  • CDI Code of Ethics – Knowing that you are part of a professional body whose members work within an ethical and recognised code of practice supported by a strict disciplinary procedure
  • Access to over 600 resources – in our CPD Resources Area, including back copies of publications
  • CPD recording –free online personal development templates to record your CPD
  • Promoting your own research – opportunity to promote and publish your own research through the CDI’s Career Matters magazine

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.

Qualification in Career Development (QCD) Students

We have a different payment method for QCD students please see: and complete the QCD student application form there.

Apply for Membership (all students other than those undertaking the QCD)

Applying for membership is easy, you can either;