GCDF training provides individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work. The GCDF credential was developed to provide standards, training specifications and credentialing for these career providers.
Benefits of the GCDF certification include:
- A national/portable certification
- A marketable certification
- Clarification of scope and practice
- Experienced trainers
- Specialized continuous education for professionals
- Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification is provided through EBCC and CCE, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
The GCDF Training Program is an intense training program that includes at least 120 hours of instruction. The curriculum addresses major career development areas and provides up-to-date resources, references, career-related website and much more.
There are 12 competency areas covered by the GCDF training:
- Helping Skills – Basic career facilitating processes, including productive interpersonal relationships
- Labor Market Information and Resources – Labor market and occupational information and trends
- Assessment – Both formal and informal career development assessments, with emphasis on relating appropriate career development assessments to the population served
- Diverse Populations – Studies covering the special needs of various groups, as well as how to adapt services to meet those needs
- Ethical and Legal Issues – Studies on the GCDF Code of Ethics and current legislative regulations
- Career Development Models – Career development theories, models and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age and ethnic background
- Employability Skills – Job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in work with groups
- Training Clients and Peers – Preparing and developing materials for training programs and presentations
- Program Management/Implementation – Studies covering career programs and their implementation, and working as a liaison in collaborative relationships
- Promotion and Public Relations – Marketing and promoting career development programs
- Technology – The understanding and use of career development computer applications
- Consultation – Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants and supervisors