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Facilitating Career Developments (FCD)

"The course was self-paced, easy to navigate, expertly organized, informative, and completely life-changing. Thank you!"
- Amber

A fully online course intended for professionals and paraprofessionals who provide career-related services in a variety of settings such as higher education, K-12 schools, government agencies, libraries, business and industry, private practice, and community-based organizations.


Completing the course enables individuals to work more effectively in a variety of settings, incorporating career literacy and skills development in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public.


Your FCD training includes 120+ hours of in-depth instruction, provided by a nationally trained and qualified instructor. Designed to serve as an opportunity for professional enrichment, the training leads to a number of world-recognized credentials, which represent competence in the essential skills needed to provide career support in any setting.

Facilitating Career Developments Training


  • Labor Market Information/Resources

  • Assessment​

  • ​Helping Skills

  • Working with Diverse Populations

  • Ethical and Legal Issues

  • Career Development Theories/Models

  • Employability Skills

  • Training Clients and Peers

  • Program Management and Implementation

  • Promotion and Public Relations

  • Technology and Career Development

  • Consultation/Supervision


There are 7 credentialing possibilities available after completing the FCD. Two of the most prevalent are the:

Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF): an internationally recognized credential for professionals serving in a variety of occupations related to career development support and facilitation
Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP): ​a nationally recognized credential provided by NCDA: the first and most established career development professional organization in the field.

What you will learn

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How you will learn

You control your learning pace within a 3-month completion timeline.

Classes begin at the start of each month.

No travel or lodging costs are incurred with this course format.

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Are you ready to make an investment in yourself, your staff, and your clients?

Course cost

$1260* per person, which includes the eLearning platform, instruction, supplemental training materials, and office hours. A discount rate may be negotiated for large groups.*

The NCDA Student Manual is not included in the cost of the course. The manual comes in eBook or print format. Participants will be asked to purchase the student manual directly through the NCDA website.  To order the eBook ($250), click here, or print edition ($275), click here. Upon successful course completion, the credential application is included in the cost of the student manual. 

*Payment for the course can be made via check, Venmo, or credit card (+processing fee). If paying electronically, use the links below. If paying by check, request an invoice via email at heather@careerinprogress.



Michelle, Career
Private Practice

Heather was a dynamic presenter, empowering in how she encouraged participation and teamwork and skilled at keeping the activities in the class flowing. She told great personal and professional stories that captured the importance of assessing where the student/client is at, and modeled and helped us examine the role of the coach/advisor in moving along the process. Ultimately, it was an inspiring process, and Heather’s creativity and support of the curriculum were crucial to my success.

Shane, Assistant Director
1st Year Experience


Despite my years of  experience and education, I learned new techniques and methods to engage with students, and facilitate critical thinking on career development that I had never used before. It was awesome to add new tools to the library of resources and activities I use to help support my students on their journey.

Felipe, International Career

I applied to this course because I was looking for an online method of study. As an international student, I found the platform very easy to use and the content of the course very clear, including the book. I suggest this course if you are looking for new knowledge and personal development in career services.

Marsha, Workforce Development Director

With 26 years of experience in career services, I’ve considered myself knowledgeable in career counseling. After completing the course through Career in Progress, I’ve acquired excellent information for additional resources and theories pertaining to career counseling. The course was definitely more challenging than I anticipated.

Need college credit? 

3 graduate credits can be earned upon successful completion of the course through Vermont State University for those interested in this option. Credits are an additional $145/credit hour. Inquire for additional details!


What is a credential?

A credential represents a formal validation of an individual's qualifications and professional competency in a specific industry.

What is the value of a credential?

An industry credential ensures you are proficient in your while allowing you to enhance your professional brand. Your clients will have confidence that they are receiving support from a trained professional. 


Why This Course?

Facilitating Career Developments is the ONLY fully focused course that dedicates 100% of its curriculum to career theory and application. The 12 career competencies will fully prepare you for various work settings.

Why this instructor?

Dr. Heather Maietta is an award-winning career coach with over 20 years of coaching experience. She has been teaching the FCD course since 2010, graduating hundreds of students who went on to pursue credentialing. Heather sat on the curriculum committee to revise the student manual used for the course and wrote a monograph on the Fundamentals of Career Coaching (2022). Her professional experience is in higher education and workforce development. 

What credentials are available? In total, there are 7 credentials that recognize the FCD curriculum as part of the requirement for application. The two most common are the Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) and the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). ​There are also the Certified Career Counselor (CCC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling (CCSCC) for licensed counselors, the Certified Career Counselor Educator (CCCE) for counselors who teach, ​and the Certified School Career Development Advisor (CSCDA) for school counselors.  ​

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