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What is a GCDF/CCSP?

What is a Certified Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP)?
A GCDF/CCSP is a person who 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 professional with this training has received in-depth instruction in a 120-hour class provided by a nationally qualified and certified trainer. This training is centered on 12 competencies which were developed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the professional association for career development. Successful completion of the class leads to two certificates: the GCDF from the Center for Credentialing and Education, (CCE) a subsidiary of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)  and the CCSP from the National Career Development Association NCDA’s information on CCSP.

Who Should Receive this Training?
This training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development setting. This may include those who serve as a career group facilitator, career coach, intake interviewer, human resource specialist, school counselor, job search trainer, labor market information resource person, employment/ placement specialist, or workforce development staff person. Participants from past classes have included those who work in corporations, government agencies, technical colleges, small private companies, large universities, high schools and middle schools, correctional institutions, and entrepreneurial settings.

What Will I Learn?
•    Career resources and labor market information
•    Career planning processes
•    Basic helping and facilitation skills
•    Career development models and theories
•    Informal and formal assessment approaches
•    Diversity and specific population needs
•    Development and maintenance of an effective career resource center
•    Training others and program promotion
•    Case management and referral skills
•    Ethical and scope-of-practice issues
•    Professional and resource portfolios
•    Cutting-edge job searching
•    and more . . .!

Why Should I Consider Facilitating Career Development Training?

Facilitating Career Development training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development setting.

As a participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career development competencies. Whether you take a class at home or in a classroom, the training includes hands-on and interactive teaching methods and opportunities to interact with colleagues from a variety of work settings. Since the course content covers 12 important competencies, 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.

How Can I Get the Facilitating Career Development Training?
LYP Visionary Facilitating Career Development Training is available in two modes of delivery. Individuals can attend traditional face-to-face classroom training or participate in the eLearning mode of delivery. Most instructors conduct a hybrid course utilizing face-to-face instruction with some eLearning instruction. Facilitating Career Development instructors have an extensive background in career counseling or planning and all of the GCDF Competencies. In addition, they have worked, taught, or trained in a variety of settings.

Job Outlook WIOA for Career and Workforce Coach Facilitators 
Even before the current economic downturn and the effect it is having on job seekers, the U.S. Department of Labor had predicted an increase in the need for workforce counselors. The need for certified, trained workforce career coaches has become even more vital as record numbers of unemployed seek new jobs and/or a change of career. In fact, the bureau's 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook states, "Demand for vocational or career counselors should grow as multiple job and career changes become common and as workers become increasingly aware of counseling services. Hundreds of thousands of people are employed in the workforce and career services field.  The outlook is good in the field especially for employment interviewees, educational and vocational counselors, personnel recruiters, rehabilitation staff, etc.  The increasing need for workforce and career services staff is not only related to the state of the economy but to the need to help returning veterans and their families.

Career development experience is defined as working

in any environment where one:
•    helps others to find out about careers and jobs
•    is involved in education and/or training relevant to establishing career and job goals
•    Guides clients through the process of seeking a job, e.g., resume writing, the interview, negotiating compensation, etc.
•    counsels clients on how to maintain employment

Who will pay for this course?
The Online and Classroom based Facilitator Career Development Certificate Program is a non-credit program of study, and as such does not qualify for federal financial aid programs. As tuition is sometimes covered by bank loans, Sallie Mae loans, employer reimbursement plans and workforce development program, such as  CareerLink and One-Stop Centers students are encouraged to research these options. 

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