Facilitating Career Development (FCD) Certified Training Program

Facilitating Career Development Training is endorsed by: The National Career Development Association, the National Employment Counseling Association, and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

The FCD Training Program is a 120+ hour competency-based certification program for individuals who work in career development. The FCD training was developed to provide standards, training specifications and credentialing to those working in this field who are not licensed professional counselors.  Those that successfully complete FCD training may apply for their Global Career Development and/or their Certified Career Services Provider Certifications. They may serve as a career group facilitator, case manager, job search trainer, career resource center coordinator, career coach, career development case manager, intake interviewer, occupational and labor market information resource person, human resource career development coordinator, employment/placement specialist, supervisor, administrator, or workforce development staff person. TAD Grants offers the FCD training program to individuals providing career development services to their customers.


  1. Helping Skills – Be proficient in the basis career facilitating process while maintaining productive interpersonal relationships.
  2. Diverse Populations – Recognize special needs of various groups and adapt services to meet their needs.
  3. Ethical and Legal Issues – Follow CDF code of ethics and know current legislative regulations.
  4. Consultation – Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors.
  5. Career Development Models – Understand career development theories, models, and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age, and ethnic background.
  6. Assessment – Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate career development assessments to the population served.
  7. Labor Market Information and Resources – Understand labor market and occupational information and trends while using current resources.
  8. Technology – Comprehend and use career development computer applications
  9. Employability Skills – Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in work with specific groups.
  10. Training Clients and Peers – Prepare and develop materials for training programs and presentations.
  11. Program Management/Implementation – Understand programs and their implementation and work as a liaison in collaborative relationships.
  12. Promotion and Public Relations – Market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors.

Considering Facilitating Career Development Training?

As a Career Development Facilitator participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career development competencies. Whether you take the class at home or in the classroom, the training includes hands-on and interactive teaching methods and opportunities to interact with colleagues from a variety of work settings. Since the course content covers 12 important competencies, there is plenty of opportunity to build skills and knowledge in areas that are new to you, as well as enhance and develop those that you use every day in your work. Certification completion means acquiring the skills you will need as a successful and diligent Career Development Facilitator, such as the following;

Comprehensive & Specialized Assessment Skills  
  • Career Planning – Learn to collaborate with colleagues to create academic and career planning processes for individuals and families.
  • Career Theory – Understand foundational models for lifelong development, age-appropriate goals and career-related activities.
  • Career Assessment – Become aware of effective and ethical practices for career-related assessments.
  • Helping Skills – Practice effective listening and questioning skills. Encourage problem solving and motivational discussions with clients and families.

Job Search Skills

  • Career and Labor Market Information – Understand how to apply labor market and occupational information and workplace trends to connect with business and industry.
  • Employability Skills – Learn how to prepare veterans in developing a successful job search strategy through the use of typical tools such as resumes, cover letters and interviewing as well as networking and social media.

Training Benefits

  • E-learning – On-line facilitated modules and high quality curriculum materials provide depth and breadth of training.
  • Flexible Scheduling – Instructors offer courses in hybrid (face to face and on-line) or fully on-line formats beginning at a variety of times throughout the year.
  • New Connections – Make new connections through face to face interaction or video conferencing with your instructor and other course participants.
  • Possible eligibility to apply for GCDF Certification
  • Possible eligibility to apply for CCSP Certification

Contact us for information on upcoming classes or how to organize a class in your area!