United States Required Training


The career development work experience requirement for the GCDF credential is based on your highest completed level of education. The following illustrates the minimum number of experience hours needed for each level of education:

  • 1,400 hours for those with a graduate degree
  • 2,800 for those with a bachelor’s degree
  • 4,200 for those with an associate degree
  • 5,600 for those with a high school diploma

With respect to documentation for these requirements:

1. Submit a copy of your diploma, and a transcript (unofficial or official) or verification letter from your educational institution.

Please note that copies of web-printed transcripts will not be accepted.


2. Complete the experience section of your online application.

Applicants with non-U.S. degrees:

If you earned your degree(s) outside the United States, you will need to have the degree(s) evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service and submit the results to CCE with your application. CCE accepts evaluations completed by World Education Services, Inc.; Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.; and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers International Education Services.

Degrees must be from a postsecondary educational institution or program accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

GCDF training hours cannot be used to fulfill this work experience requirement.


GCDF credential applicants are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of comprehensive training from one of CCE’s Registered Credential Training Providers (RCTPs). Please view our Required Training webpage for a list of approved trainings.

The training will include content in the following competency areas: Helping Skills, Labor Market Info/Resources, Assessment, Diverse Populations, Ethical/Legal Issues, Career Development Models, Employability Skills, Training Clients/Peers, Program Management/Implementation, Promotion/Public Relations, Technology, and Consultation.


GCDF applicants and credential holders must attest to adherence to the CCE Code of Ethics and disclosure of any required matters.


The application fee for the GCDF credential (noninstructor) is $100 (U.S. dollars).

Instructor Designation

CCE grants the GCDF instructor designation to practitioners who demonstrate the skills necessary to provide effective instruction of a CCE-approved training program. The following options are available to apply for the GCDF instructor designation. Please note that this instructor designation is not a distinct credential.

1. Current GCDF Credential Holders

If you hold the GCDF, you can apply for instructor designation provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good standing
  • Successfully complete an approved GCDF instructor training course and submit documentation

2. Instructors for a CCE-Approved Training Provider

If you are identified as an instructor for a CCE-approved training provider and do not hold the GCDF, you may apply for the GCDF credential and GCDF instructor designation provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the GCDF application and meet all stated requirements
  • Pay a $150 application fee
  • Document successful completion of an approved GCDF instructor training course

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