Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF®)

The Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential was developed by CCE, in
collaboration with the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the National
Occupational Information Coordinating Committee in the mid-1990s.
The GCDF U.S. credentialing program was launched in the United States in 1997 and is the
first and most notable national credential in the field of career development. The program
was originally known as the Career Development Facilitator (CDF™). As the credential
became more recognized domestically, acceptance abroad became prevalent. In 2001, the
CDF was renamed the GCDF to illustrate its global expansion with its first international
partner in Japan.
The credential is intended for providers offering career services in an array of roles and
settings. Providers might be consultants, coaches, advisors, workforce practitioners,
facilitators, trainers, recruiters, and resume writers.
This multi-purpose credential includes demonstration of the essential skills needed to
provide career services in any setting. It is appropriate to all levels and all settings.
Completion of a training program is required before applying. Specific levels of
educational attainment and work experience are not required.