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Level 6 Certificate in Career Guidance Theory

Who is it for?

To achieve this qualification, a three-unit pathway, you will have already achieved an NVQ Level 4 in Advice and Guidance and are looking to upgrade their ‘careers focussed’ qualification 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

Successful completion of these three units that make up the certificate pathway will be accredited by OCR. You will then need to apply to the CDI to be awarded the Certificate in Career Guidance Theory.

What topics does the qualification cover?

  • Reflect on and improve professional practice will ask you to measure and evaluate your performance against targets or standards.  You will also need to demonstrate how you use a Personal Development Plan to improve your practice.
  • Career guidance theory aims to develop your critical understanding of career guidance theories, models for supporting clients and the role of research in informing and developing career guidance practice.
  • Use Career and Labour Market Information with clients will enable you to carry out research to develop your knowledge and to show how you use this in your work with clients.  

Programme structure

You will provide evidence of your work practice, including completing assignments, case studies, written accounts and providing work products. Evidence is uploaded to an e-portfolio which is available 24/7 on computers, tablets and mobile devices.

An Open University assessor will observe work-based practice on at least one occasion, assess evidence uploaded to the e-portfolio and provide developmental feedback.

You will have access through VQLearner Home to online resources specific to your qualification and links to suggested further study with the Open University.

Support will be provided throughout the qualification by the VQAC Learner Support Team.

Course Summary


12 months

Credit Value

21 credits

Total Qualification Time

210 hours



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