Why Do Career Professionals Want/Need Certification?
Both Certified Career Services Providers and Global Career Development Facilitators are trained at a professional level to better help students and adults with career and educational planning and strategies.
Both certifications offer a marketable credential that carries professional recognition, particularly across the United States, and the GCDF is becoming more recognized in other countries. (Eight countries have established GCDF programs.)
More career-related counseling and coaching jobs now require formal training in career-focused knowledge and experience.
Both the CCSP in the US and the internationally-accepted GCDF can be useful to anyone providing career services, including:
- career counselors/advisers in 2- and 4-year colleges and universities and in vocational and professional schools
- public and private high school counselors offering career planning help
- career advisers who work in community agencies and other non-profs
- career consultants in private practice
- career coaches, and also life/work coaches
- graduate students in counseling and social work programs
- government workforce development and education center staff
- mental health counselors whose clients also need career help
- career group facilitators
- job search trainers
- social services agency staff
- resume writers wishing to expand their services
- HR professionals working with employee career development
- military transition and relocation centers
- outplacement firms and corporations
- career advisers in corrections facilities and pre-release centers
- aspiring career development professionals
- Indian Tribal Offices offering employment and human services support
- vocational rehabilitation facility staff
Both CCSPs and GCDFs are prepared to work in many occupations that use varied social and intellectual skills, and cover a wide range of interests.
Some job titles you’ll find individuals with CCSPs and GCDFs occupying include:*
- Career Counselor/Adviser
- Career Center Director
- Career Services Coordinator/Specialist
- Career Resource Center Coordinator/Assistant/Technician
- Career and/or Life Coach
- Career Consultant
- Guidance Counselor/Adviser
- Student Services Specialist
- Workforce Development Specialist/Coordinator
- Job Search Trainer
- Employment Specialist/Adviser
- Career Group Facilitator
- Occupational/Labor Market Information Coordinator
- Human Resources Career Development Coordinator/Specialist
- Case Manager (in Human Services, Corrections, Employment Services)
- Intake Interviewer
- Resume Writer
*Please note that the CCSP and the GCDF are often used to extend the skill set of individuals in the above job titles, and are not, by themselves, a sufficient qualification to enter all of the above positions.
Here are two articles that confirm the growing need for the NCDA-approved GCDF certificate as a necessary credential.
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