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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. The CDI (formerly ICG) Certificate pathway enables practitioners to update their qualifications and gain admittance to the CDI's Register of Career Development Professionals.

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.

Level 6 CDI (formerly ICG) Certificate in Career Guidance Theory Pathway

This certificate was introduced for people who had already achieved an NVQ Level 4 in Advice and Guidance/ LDSS and who wanted to upgrade their 'careers focussed' qualifications to meet the eligibility requirements of the Register for Career Development Professionals. In April 2013 the pathway has been re-badged as the CDI pathway in recognition of the launch of the Career Development Institute as the recognised professional body for the sector. Please go to the CDI website for more information.

This qualification will be offered for the last time in December 2015 in line with the CDI closing this route to inclusion on the Professional Register in April 2017.

*Please note that from April 2011 the work of LLUK was taken over by LSIS. From 2014 the Career Development Institute (CDI) gained ownership of the national occupational standards. For further information please go to the