Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Training

The LDW Group LLC is approved by the National Career Development Association (NCDA to provide the training for the Global Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certification. Linda D. Woodard is as an approved instructor on the NCDA national registry.

CDF training can enhance your skills and knowledge of those working in career development settings. The GCDF certification is an internationally recognized certification for professionals serving in a variety of occupations related to career development support and facilitation.  To achieve the certification, a candidate must complete the 120-hour National Career Development Association CDF Curriculum taught under the direct supervision of a Career Development Facilitator Instructor (CDFI).  The program is designed to standardize the knowledge and expertise of individuals working in workforce development programs and other career development programs.

The credential was originally referred to as the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certification. In establishing this prestigious credential, a number of different organizations worked together with the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) to develop core requirements. Visit the NCDA website at Founding organizations included the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA).The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), which awards the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential, has endorsed the CDF credentialing requirements. The certification is provided through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), a subsidiary of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).To view a GCDF application packet, visit the CCE website at

As a CDF participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career development competencies listed below.

  1. Helping Skills
  2. Labor Market Information (LMI) and Resources
  3. Assessment
  4. Working with Diverse Populations
  5. Ethical and Legal Issues
  6. Career Development Theories and Models
  7. Employability Skills
  8. Training Clients and Peers
  9. Program Management and Implementation
  10. Promotion and Public Relations
  11. Technology
  12. Consultation/Supervision


In order to qualify for the national credential (the Global CDF), you must meet the following requirements:

1.  Have successfully completed an approved CDF course

2.  And have a combination of education and work:

  • Graduate degree + an estimated one year of career development work experience
  • Bachelor degree + an estimated two year of career development work experience
  • Two years of college + an estimated three years of career development experience
  • High school diploma or GED + an estimated four years of career development experience