The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is the first, longest running (founded in 1913) and preeminent career development association in the world. NCDA developed the best practice Career Development Facilitator training to provide individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work. NCDA has prepared over 18,000 CDFs for this international certification. The only prerequisite is a high school degree.
Career Development Competencies addressed by the NCDA CDF Curriculum:
- Helping Skills- Be proficient in the basic career facilitating process while including productive interpersonal relationships.
- Labor Market Information and Resources- Understand labor market and occupational information and trends. Be able touse current resources.
- Assessment- Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served.
- Diverse Populations- Recognize special needs of various groups and adapt services to meet their needs.
- Ethical and Legal Issues- Follow the CDF code of ethics and know current legislative regulations.
- Career Development Models- Understand career development theories, models, and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age, and ethnic background.
- Employability Skills- Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups.
- Training Clients and Peers- Prepare and develop materials for training programs and presentations.
- Program Management/Implementation- Understand career development programs and their implementation, and work as a liaison in collaborative relationships.
- Promotion and Public Relations- Market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors.
- Technology- Comprehend and use career development computer applications.
- Consultation- Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors.
Training will consist of 7 weeks of e-learning (about 14 hours of work a week). The eighth and last week consist of 24 hours / 3 days of face-to-face learning via video conferencing. These three days will take place in a workforce center near you. We hope to start the first training in April. If we fill that session, we will register new participants for the June training. If we fill the second session, we will register new participants for the August training. The normal cost of this training is around $1200, but cost of tuition and supplies will be covered by Perkins. The cost for traveling to the Workforce Center for the final 3 days and if you need to stay out of town will need to be covered by yourself or your school. It is permissible to use district allocated Perkins funds for related travel.
Between April 2013 and September 2013 we will be seeding the state with competent and effective career guidance professionals by providing this training. The principals, college presidents, and program directors work with their staff to determine who will receive the training. (Additional staff can be trained by providers in Denver at the school's expense) The identified participants are as follows.
One invitation will be extended to each of the following:
- 1 for each High School (a school that includes 12th grade)
- 1 for each Middle School (a school that includes 7th or 8th grade but not 12th grade)
- 1 for each of the 8 institutions of Higher Learning (7 Community Colleges and 1 University)
- 1 for each of the 16 in-state COPS including Regional Juvenile Detention Centers, WY Boys and Girls Schools and WY Youth Challenge.
- 1 for each of the 5 WY Correction Facilities
For more information of CDF, please visit NCDA's website.