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Careers Education qualifications and the UK Register of Career Development Professionals

The Career Development Institute has announced that qualified teachers with an approved careers education qualification will be able to join the UK Register of Career Development Professionals (RCDP) from 1st March 2015. Registration provides evidence that you are fully qualified, your skills and knowledge are up to date, you subscribe to the Institute's Code of Ethics and you are committed to undertaking a minimum of 25 hours CPD and an effective practice case study each year. You will be able to use the RCDP logo on printed materials and take advantage of additional benefits such as a free personal licence for Career Companion and 20% discount on a range of careers resources from Prospects services. The following qualifications will meet the careers educatiuon requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals:

  • Leading and Managing Careers Education (20 credits London South Bank University)
  • Certificate in Professional Development in Managing CEIAG (40 credits at University of Derby)
  • Certificate in Careers Education and Guidance (20 credits Canterbury and Christ Church University)
  • Advanced Certificate in Careers Education and Guidance (20 credits, Canterbury and Christ Church University)
  • Certificate in Understanding Careers Education and Guidance (20 credits Canterbury and Christ Church University)
  • Supporting Career Related Learning and Development 20 credits (Under development at University of the West of Scotland)
  • CDI Level 6 Certificate in Career Leadership (Units are: Lead and manage career development work in an organisation; Continuously improve career development work in an organisation and Plan and design career-related learning programmes)
  • Diploma in Careers Education, (60 credits Nottingham Trent University)
  • Certificate of Further Professional Studies in Getting Started on CEG in Schools together with Certificate of Further Professional Studies in Leading and Managing CEG in Schools (University of Cambridge)


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  • Chris Jones

    I gained my DipCG in 1999 and have been a practitioner ever since.  Last year I set up as an independent Careers Adviser and charge my clients by the hour.  Could anyone explain how I would obtain 25 hours CPD under these arrangements?

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    • Claire Johnson

      Ways of undertaking CPD
      CPD can take many forms and as you know it is important that you reflect on what you have learned and how this has influenced your practice. The CPD area of the CDI website allows you to plan, record and reflect on your CPD and produce reports on what you have done. These reports can be useful when discussing your CPD with your line-manager if you are employed or when tendering for contracts.
      You can choose whatever methods of CPD are appropriate for you but you must reflect on it and record your CPD on the website in order that your 25 hours can be checked annually by the Professional Development Manager.
      CPD can also include undertaking further qualifications including postgraduate qualifications.  Below are some suggestions for CPD:

      • Attending a full day CPD Event, either run by the CDI or other organisations
      • Reading articles in the NICEC Journal a copy of which you receive twice a year as a CDI Member
      • Reading articles in the CDI quarterly journal Career Matters
      • Watching a podcast
      • Taking part in a webinar. There is a series of webinars available from the CDI which are free to people on the Register.
      • Researching information for a session you are delivering
      • Reading CDI News by Email and following up some of the links to further information
      • Attending a networking event
      • Using the CDI LinkedIn Community of Interest Groups which include ones for Private Practitioners, Working with Clients who have Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, Careers Educators and Research.
      • Researching and writing an article for a journal
      • Researching a discussion topic to share with colleagues at a meeting
      I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,
      Claire Johnson, CDI Professional Development Manager.

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