FCD Training


Building on our extensive experience in providing training in career development and facilitation, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUSCS) now introduces the Facilitating Career Development (FCD) Programme 职涯发展及服务课程 for the first time in Hong Kong.

Under the National Career Development Association (NCDA) of the United States, which is the first, longest running and preeminent career development association in the world, the FCD Programme is based on a comprehensive curriculum that represents a rich content coverage through substantial material development in the training modules. It aims to equip participants with the relevant skills and knowledge to design, deliver, and manage career services for assisting others in planning careers, getting empowered, and finding value and meaning in work at different points of their career path.

On completion of training, participants are eligible to apply for two globally recognised certifications on career development:

The FCD Programme

Taught by NCDA-certified Instructors trained in the delivery of the curriculum, the FCD Programme in Hong Kong is offered in a flexible, hybrid mode consisting of 120 hours of learning through:

  • face-to-face instruction and experiential activities;
  • role-plays and live facilitation;
  • assigned readings and exercises;
  • online learning tasks and forum discussion;
  • practice on responses to cases, etc.

Such a hybrid mode addresses the strengths, the needs, and the styles of different participants while maximizing their exposure to learning along with the changeable demands of their work schedules. It ensures that learning takes place via various effective modes to cover the 12 competencies required of all career practitioners.

The 12 Competencies

The FCD Programme prepares participants for understanding and mastery of the following competencies:

  • Helping Skills - Be proficient in the basic career facilitating process while including productive interpersonal relationships.
  • Labour Market Information and Resources - Understand labour market and occupational information and trends. Be able to use current resources.
  • Assessment - Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served.
  • Diverse Populations - Recognize special needs of various groups and adapt services to meet their needs.
  • Ethical and Legal Issues - Follow the NCDA Code of Ethics and know current legislative regulations.
  • Career Development Models - Understand career development theories, models, and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age, and ethnic background.
  • Employability Skills - Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups.
  • Training Clients and Peers - Prepare and develop materials for training programs and presentations.
  • Program Management/Implementation - Understand career development programs and their implementation, and work as a liaison in collaborative relationships.
  • Promotion and Public Relations - Market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors.
  • Technology - Comprehend and use career development computer applications.
  • Consultation and Supervision - Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants or supervisors.


In addition to these 12 competencies, the FCD Curriculum has provisions for additional coverage in the following areas:

  • Business Services and Employer Relations
  • Clients with Disabilities
  • Clients who are Justice-Involved
  • K-12 Students
  • Workforce and Career Development History

Who Needs the Training

  • Anyone in a position or with an interest in providing professional career planning and development services in settings or areas of work that involve
  • individual or group career facilitation and development
  • career resource planning and coordination
  • job search or placement
  • workforce development or human resource management
  • employability skills and training
  • social and business / consulting services
  • Though with a mind to come and get trained to help others, people completing career development training often find it is THEY themselves who are helped most.

Course Structure

Hybrid Study Mode Content Modules
Face-to-face (48 hours / 6 days)
Mini lectures, interactive and experiential activities, role plays

Online (60 hours)
Assigned readings and exercises, individual or group learning tasks, forum discussion

Credentialing Assessment (12 hours)
Practice on responses to cases

  • Helping Relationship and Skills
  • Training and Leading Groups
  • Career Development Theory and Its Applications
  • Role of Assessment
  • Ethical & Legal Issues
  • Career Facilitation Strategies to Diverse Populations
  • Role of Career Information and Technological Resources
  • Job Seeking and Employability Skills
  • Designing and Implementing Career Planning and Development Services

GPS Schemes

The "GPS Scheme" is a career development facilitation service scheme provided by Certified Career Development Providers (CCSP) and Global Career Development Facilitators (GCDF) trained by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (CUSCS) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

GPS Schemes have been provided to CUHK young alumni and students in collaboration with:

The Scheme aims to provide interested graduates and students with guidance and assistance in planning or embarking on their career development, by making available to them the specialist service of Career Development Facilitators. Participating students will yield valuable insights and understanding for career and life planning, while Career Development Facilitators will gain value-added exposure in career development facilitation.

Benefits for the participating graduates and students:

  • acquire better self-understanding
  • identify career interests
  • enhance motivation and goal setting towards development of greater career-related competencies with planning
  • "Facilitators are helpful, caring and professional! The meetings are inspiring and help me know more about my nature and aspiration."
  • 「GCDF的引导能够使我讲出心里真实的想法。能够帮助我更清楚地认识,了解自己的性格及就业兴趣所在。全面地审视,反省自己,做出改变,更加自信。」
  • 「本计划帮助参与者发现自己的职业兴趣与个人长处、弱点等,使参与者更有具体的方向与信心面对今后的职业寻求与发展。 」
  • 「 一对一的面谈能帮助学员深入了解自己,及探讨未来可能性 。 」
  • Daisy Wang (CUHK alumna)

    "With a recent movement to new position and working environment, I met a lot of challenges and felt a bit lost. Thanks to the GCDF sessions, I met Kylie and she not only used professional tools to help me find my inner values, understand my abilities and areas for improvement, but also facilitates me to have more insights on how I would build a career that I can truly enjoy.

    To me, this kind of connection and communication is quite special and precious, as it is not from parent, friend or mentor, but from a career development facilitator who can guide and inspire me through an objective and professional way. Now I have more confidence to deal with the challenges. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my GCDF - Kylie."
  • Allen Au-Yeung (CUHK alumnus)

    "The first few years of worklife after leaving school is a different experience for everyone and it can be difficult. I am very grateful to have met Kylie, my GCDF, through CUHK's alumni event. She had kindly spared several evenings out of her busy schedule to talk to me in depth.

    Through the GCDF sessions with Kylie, I was able to identify again and with much better clarity, my current goals as well as strengths. This all helped me stay focused on the future. I am thankful to have met Kylie and I highly recommend everyone to try reaching out to a GCDF if you are feeling lost."
  • Ngai Ka Bo (CUHK alumna)

    "GCDF is a very good platform for me to reflect on my expectations for my ideal job. The GCDF instructor may not give concrete or explicit answer to my questions, but throughout the conversation with him, he acted like a mirror to help me discovering my preferences or strengths such that I can gradually identify the directions I can explore more on it or go ahead.

    I gained more courage to explore my future career path as well, I am really thankful to my GCDF instructor Alex to provide lots of useful and important advice during our meetings! Hence I highly recommend this platform to those CUHK students or alumni who get lost in developing their career path."
  • Yankee Siu (CUHK alumna)


    其后,又会了解现时的市场供求,检视过去工作经验所获得的技能可以如何应用,如此一来发现求职目标更明确。最后以会影响对工作满足感的条件排优次作结,发现原来找工作方向并不如大海捞针般困难,是有迹可循。过去我希望找一份稳定的工作,但现在我希望可以挑战自己更多,设定目标向理想进发。盼望现在感到迷茫或未能从工作找到满足感的你都可以认识GCDF,找到真心喜欢的职业,发展所长!最后感谢帮助过我的师姐Mabel和Dr. Chan!」
  • Ken Tsang (CUHK alumnus)

  • Lydia Chu (CUHK alumna)

    "GCDF helps me to understand my position in the industry, motivates me to well prepare and makes me feel less alone. I have graduated from CUHK for several years now, I am planning to move aboard due to personal reason but this change made me quite anxious about my career development. I was lucky enough to meet a GCDF on CU career development day, and she was willing to help me voluntarily for 4 sessions. I remember I felt like I was lost in a park at night when I first encountered her, but after 4 sessions of guidance, I did more preparation work and saw a clearer picture of my options and my path. At the end of the sessions, I felt like I am looking at the road sign with a friend standing by my side. It is a very valuable and helpful experience, which I feel blessed to go through it! I am sure more alumni who wish to have more fulfilment in career can be benefitted from it."
  • "Through the Scheme I could apply the knowledge and skills learnt from the GCDF course to real situations. It not only provided me with a great opportunity to work with young adults on their career planning, but also enabled me to assist university students in understanding themselves further. I am glad to have joined this Scheme and look forward to more of similar opportunities."
  • "The Scheme gave me a good opportunity to practise and improve my facilitation skills. I have also gained more understanding of the assessment tools, and how to base my feedback on the results of the assessments done. During the process, I deeply realised the importance of sincerity, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. My client thanked me for creating a safe and positive environment which encouraged her to think thoroughly. I am now more confident to deal with cases of greater complexity in the future."

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