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Career Information, Advice and Guidance

Career Information, Advice and Guidance qualifications we offer

These work based qualifications were introduced by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) after extensive consultation with the career guidance sector.  They are part of a new qualification strategy for the adult career information, advice and guidance sector in England. They are designed for those working in the National Careers Service, external agency and voluntary service guidance roles and roles where staff who work in other organisations provide career advice and guidance, information, employability and signposting as part of their wider work role.

Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice

The Level 4 Diploma is aimed at people undertaking para-professional roles within the careers guidance sector. Practitioners are likely to be involved in the following:

  • Giving information and advice
  • Making referrals
  • Diagnosing and assessing the needs of clients

Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development

The Level 6 Diploma is aimed at people working in professional roles providing career guidance and development to clients.  It is aimed at those who are required to apply career guidance theories to practice in order to support clients to make realistic and informed decisions and plans regarding new learning or training opportunities and career planning.

CDI Level 6 Certificate in Career Leadership Pathway

This three unit pathway which leads to the CDI certificate qualification is aimed at people who manage career development work in an educational institution or work based training organisation.  Successful completion of these units will be accredited by OCR.  You will need to be a member of the CDI and you can then apply to the CDI to be awarded the Certificate in Career Leadership.

For those people who hold a full graduate or post graduate teaching qualification successful completion of this qualification meets the qualification requirement for the UK Register or Career Development Professionals.

CDI Level 6 Certificate in Career Guidance Theory Pathway

This certificate was introduced for people who had already achieved an NVQ Level 4 in Advice and Guidance and who wanted to upgrade their ‘careers focussed’ qualifications to meet the eligibility requirements of the Career Development Professional register. In April 2013, the pathway was re-badged as the CDI pathway in recognition of the launch of the Career Development Institute as the recognised professional body for the sector. 

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