Career Development Facilitator Training

leading to national certification through the
Center for Credentialing and Education
Offered through the Center on Education and Work
School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

What is a Career Development Facilitator?

A Career Development Facilitator (CDF) is a person who works in any career development setting or who incorporates career development information or skills in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public. A CDF has received in-depth training in the areas of career development in the form of 120 class/instructional hours, provided by a nationally qualified and certified trainer.

This training is centered around developing 12 competencies in the field, which were developed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the professional association for career development in the United States. After completion of the training, the individual may apply for and receive national certification through the Center for Credentialing and Education, a subsidiary of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Center for Credentialing and Education
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Who Should Receive this Training?

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CDF training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development settings. This may include those who serve as a career group facilitator, career coach, intake interviewer, human resource specialist, school counselor, job search trainer, labor market information resource person, employment/ placement specialist, or workforce development staff person. CDFs from past classes have included those who work in corporations, government agencies, technical colleges, small private companies, large universities, high schools and middle schools, correctional institutions, and entrepreneurial settings.

Benefits of the Training and Certification

As a CDF participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career 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. Each CDF group explores the curriculum together and forms its own support group that individuals can draw on again and again after completing the class. 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.

Past CDF participants often comment on how they use what they've learned on their jobs every day, and on how helpful it is to have a built-in network of other CDFs to keep in touch with after the class.

Course Content

CDF course content focuses on twelve career-related competencies, developed by a national team of experts and practitioners through the National Career Development Association.

  1. Helping Skills - Be proficient in the basic career facilitating process
  2. Labor Market Information and Resources - Understand labor market and occupational information and trends; use current resources
  3. Working with Diverse Populations - Recognize special needs of various groups and adapting services to meet their needs
  4. Technology and Career Development - Comprehend and use career development computer applications
  5. Ethical and Legal Issues - Follow the CDF code of ethics and know current legislative regulations
  6. Employability Skills - Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups
  7. Consultation/Supervision - Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors
  8. Training Clients and Peers - Prepare and develop materials for training programs and presentations
  9. Career Development Theories and Models
  10. Program Management and Implementation - Understand career development programs and assist in the steps related to their development
  11. Assessment - Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served
  12. Promotion and Public Relations - Knowing how to market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors
Qualifications for Applicants

All CDF course applicants must have a high school diploma to enroll in the class. When applying for national certification after the course, the requirements combine work experience and educational levels to meet the certification requirements. These requirements are:

Educational Level of Applicant Career Development Experience Required
Graduate degree 1,400 hours (estimated one year)
Bachelor's degree 2,800 hours (estimated two years)
Two years of college 4,200 hours (estimated three years)
High school diploma/ GED 5,600 hours (estimated four years)

Course Schedule

The Career Development Facilitator course is offered in a convenient hybrid format to suit the varying needs and schedules of participants. This format includes the online coursework as well as two 2-day trips for classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.**

Class format Dates Location
Green Bay CDF Home Study/Distance Education
Spring 2016
March 1 - June 21, 2016
Online and...
2 meetings in Green Bay, WI on March 21-April 1 and May 12-13, 2016
   Green Bay Cost:
 Click here for Green Bay Registration Form
Tuition: $1450.00
Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs: $175-$185
CDF Home Study/ Distance Education (hybrid) Summer 2016
May 31-August 29, 2016
Online and...
2 meetings in Madison, WI on June 16-17 and July 21-22, 2016
  Summer Cost: Click for Summer Registration Form
Tuition: $1450.00
Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs: $175-$185
CDF Home Study/ Distance Education (hybrid)

Fall 2016
Sept 13-Dec 19, 2016
Online and...
2 meetings in Madison, WI on Oct 13-14and Nov 17-18, 2016
  Fall Cost: Click for Fall Registration Form
Tuition: $1450.00
Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs: $175-$185

* Participant is additionally responsible for housing, meals, and other incidental costs of the Madison trips. A block of rooms is being held at or near the UW-Madison for events requiring housing. Madison classes are held in the Educational Sciences Building on campus, located at 1025 W. Johnson Street. The classes last the entire day (approximately 9 am - 5 pm).


Spring 2016 in Green Bay registration form is available here.

Summer 2016 registration form is available here.

Fall 2016 registration form is available here.

Overnight Accommodations

Watch this space for details on hotel accommodations for the CDF meetings in Madison.

About the Instructor

Judith Ettinger, PhD, LPC, is a CDF Master Trainer and CDF Instructor. She has been working in the field of career development for 30 years, and travels throughout the world delivering career development technical assistance and training. Dr. Ettinger is a Project Director at the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the developer and instructor of the online, independent-study course Planning for Retirement: Exploring Your Career and Leisure Options. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the Distinguished Achievement Award, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Outstanding Practitioner Award, National Career Development Association; UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award for 2012; and the National Customer Service Award from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Comments from Past Participants

"[The] instructor is very knowledgeable and also very patient and encouraging. The instruction and her style of instruction is the aspect of the course that facilitated learning."

"One of the best instructors I've had."

"The instructor was always available and did a lot of communicating with the students in the class."

"Instruction was very good. Kept standards high. Very effective and knowledgeable."

"Judy was absolutely outstanding. She is clearly a 'master teacher' and was able to pick up on areas in which we needed more help."

"[She] definitely knows this subject. The onsite meetings that we had were very relaxed, interactive and helpful."


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are available upon request for a $15.00 fee. Interested students may apply as a special student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and pay regular special student fees to receive credit. Call for details if you are interested in special student credit.

** To learn about holding the face-to-face classes for groups of 12 or more at your location, go here.

For more information
Contact Carol Edds, Coordinator, or
Judy Ettinger, Instructor, at:

Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1025 W. Johnson Street, 964 Educational Sciences Building
Madison, WI 53706-1796; or
(608) 263-4367