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, a subsidiary of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the CCSP from the National Career Development Association NCDA's information on CCSP.
As a participant, you will receive training in each of the competencies. 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. The training at the UW-Madison is offered remotely. Attendance is required at class meetings on four specific days during the course. The remainder of the course will be taught asynchronously.
The course focuses on twelve career-related competencies, developed by a national team of experts and practitioners through the National Career Development Association.
All course applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED to enroll in the class. When applying for national certification after the course, the requirements look at both work experience and educational levels to meet the certification requirements. For the GCDF, the requirements are:
|Educational Level of Applicant||Career Development Experience Required|
|Graduate degree||1,400 hours (estimated one year)|
|Bachelor's degree||2,800 hours (estimated two years)|
|Two years of college||4,200 hours (estimated three years)|
|High school diploma/ GED||5,600 hours (estimated four years)|
For the CCSP, there is a test that needs to be completed and references that need to be submitted to meet certification requirements.
There are scholarships available for Summer and Fall 2021 courses on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Application Information
The course is offered in a convenient hybrid format to suit the varying needs and schedules of participants. This format includes the online coursework as well as two 2-day trips for face-to-face meetings at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.**
June 1 - Sept. 14, 2021 - Class is Full
All students must be online for required class meetings on June 24-25 and July 22-23, 2021
|Summer Tuition: $1450.00||Books will be purchased by the student. Estimated book costs for a course is $175-$185.||REMOTE
Sept. 7 - Dec. 24, 2021 - Class is Full
All students must be online for required class meetings on Oct. 7-8 and Nov 11-12, 2021
|Fall Tuition: $1450.00|
May 31 - Sept. 9, 2022
All students must be online for required class meetings on June 23-24 and July 21-22, 2022
|Summer Tuition: $1450.00|
Sept. 6 - Dec. 23, 2021
All students must be online for required class meetings on Oct. 6-7 and Nov 10-11, 2022
|Fall Tuition: $1450.00|
Registration for Summer and Fall 2022 classes will be open after January 1, 2022.