Professional Development

Become a Certified Career Services Provider! 

A Career Services Provider is a person who has completed the Facilitating Career Development Training Program and 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 Career Services Provider has received in-depth training in the areas of career development in the form of up to 120+ class/instructional hours, provided by a nationally trained and qualified instructor. 

This title designates individuals working in a variety of career development settings. A Career Services Provider may serve as a career group facilitator, job search trainer, career resource center coordinator, career coach, career development case manager, intake interviewer, occupational and labor market information resource person, human resource career development coordinator, employment/placement specialist, or workforce development staff person. 

The counseling profession has made great progress in defining professional counseling and career counseling. However, several professional groups recognized that many individuals who are currently providing career assistance are not professional counselors. The Facilitating Career Development training program was developed to provide standards, training specifications, and CCSP and GCDF credentialing opportunities for these career providers. The goal was to define and differentiate two levels of career practice. 

Interested in Becoming Credentialed? 

If you are a practitioner interested in becoming a trained, credentialed career professional - this course is for you! This training course is designed to be highly interactive, intense, high impact, and will enhance your career development skills and knowledge. 

Successful completion of this approved Facilitating Career Development (FCD) course qualifies you to apply for national certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), issued by the Center for Credentialing and Education and a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), issued by the National Career Development Association Credentialing Commission. Recognized worldwide, these credentials are one of the few certifications available for people who provide career development services. 

How does this prepare you to be a great campus partner? 

  • Career development is an essential part of the UF student experience 
  • Learning more in-depth about career services can help you serve students better in your current role 
  • Professional development opportunity where you can utilize knowledge learned to advance your own career  

Competencies Addressed in the Facilitating Career Development Curriculum 

The Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credentials require understanding and mastery of the competencies listed below. As these 12 competencies are covered thoroughly in the Facilitating Career Development curriculum, 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. 

  • 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 to use 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 NCDA 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. 

In addition to the 12 competencies listed above, the Facilitating Career Development curriculum also provides additional chapters that focus on the following populations: 

  • Business Services and Employer Relations 
  • Clients with Disabilities 
  • Clients who are Justice-Involved 
  • K-12 Students 
  • Workforce and Career Development History 

Course Details 

  • 100% online training 
  • 120+ instructional hours, including 24 face-to-face contact hours provided by a nationally trained and qualified instructor targeting the 12 career development competency areas  
  • Flexible course, customized to individual learners needs 

Pricing and Payment 

  • Cost: $1,250, includes student manual and unlimited access to 100+ online resources indefinitely 
  • Please contact Charity Wiggins at for payment details and processing