FCD Course

Become A Facilitating Career
Development (FDC) Certified Professional

This certification will help you grow and excel as a career advisor, career coach and human resource specialist. The FCD (Facilitating Career Development) Certification is required for you to become a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) or Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Each one of these credentials is internationally recognized by accredited institutions.

Some states like Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and South Carolina legally require individuals to have the GCDF certification for the above professions.

Therefore, the FCD Certification training will allow you to take your first step towards a new career in those areas. This training is ideal for you if you are in any one of those career fields or professions.

Through getting this training and having these certifications, you will be qualified to apply for a job as a career coach in a higher education institution. Also, you will be qualified to apply for a job as a career coach or for a position in human resources in a private corporation. You will also be qualified for government positions in the Department of Labor. By taking the first step in getting your FCD certification, it will drastically improve your chances of starting a career in the following fields:

FCD Corporate Training.

If you are working as an HR Manager, Consultant or Professional for a large organization, then your role is to work with the people of the organization to make sure they are productive. Productivity equates to profitability, so ensuring that your people are in the best state of mind to be productive is key to your company’s long term growth and success. Therefore, the FCD training program can help you improve your professional skills in the following areas:

As an HR professional, the FCD Certification will make you an INDISPENSABLE ASSET to your company. It will teach you to be an effective trainer, empathetic yet pragmatic decision maker, it will polish your public speaking skills and it will make you highly proficient delivering engaging workshops /training. It will strengthen your skills in all key areas of your career by giving you a deeper understanding of Career Development. Above all else, it will empower you to increase your company’s rates of employee retention, lower rates of attrition and keep the people working for your company on track towards their goals of upward mobility within the organization.

Becoming a Career or Life Coach

If you are an entrepreneur, having the FCD (Facilitating Career Development) Certification will empower you to be a very competent life coach and career coach. This training will give you the tools and knowledge you need to help people figure out what they want to do in life, find their passion and live their purpose.

Why Choose Mark Danaher as your FCD Instructor?

  1. Unparalleled Expertise: With over 30 years of experience in career development, Mark Danaher brings a depth of knowledge and understanding to his courses that few can match. As a Master Trainer for the NCDA’s FCD program, he has been instrumental in shaping the online curriculum, ensuring its relevance and effectiveness.
  2. Proven Track Record: Mark has taught over 500 FCD students and trained countless FCD instructors, consistently delivering exceptional results. His ability to engage and inspire participants has earned him a reputation as an outstanding instructor.
  3. Practical Insights: Having served as a Career Counselor, Coordinator of Career Services, and Career & Transition Coordinator in various high schools, Mark brings real-world experience to his courses. He understands the challenges professionals face and provides practical solutions that can be immediately implemented.
  4. Transformative Learning Experience: Mark’s passion for empowering individuals to achieve their career goals is evident in every course he teaches. Participants leave his courses with a newfound sense of purpose, equipped with the tools and strategies they need to guide others towards meaningful careers.
  5. Leadership and Recognition: Throughout his career, Mark has held leadership positions within the NCDA, including serving as President and on the Board of Directors. His contributions to the field have been recognized with the NCDA Fellows Award and the Presidential Recognition Award, testament to his commitment to excellence in career development education.

Choose Mark Danaher as your FCD instructor and unlock your potential as a career development professional. With his expertise, practical insights, and transformative approach, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to make a lasting impact in the lives of those you serve.

Course Curriculum – FCD Course Modules

During this week, you will learn about the FCD course works, the assignments, and the projects required to complete the course to be successful.  You will receive an overview of how to access and use the Learning Management System to complete assignments and access each week’s learning information.


This week you will learn about the key skills that will help you build trust and rapport with your clients.  You will define the helping skills (including attending, listening, reflecting, and encouraging) and apply them in an interview setting.  Construct open and closed-ended questions and ways to use them appropriately.   You will learn to identify the client’s needs, strengths and barriers.


In this week, you describe different ways that facilitating career development (FCDs) professions work with groups.  Learn to identify characteristics of an effective group leader and demonstrate how to write effective learning objectives.


During this week, you will define the following terms: occupation, job, career, career development, career counseling, career assistance, career guidance, and career planning process.  You will describe the steps in the career development process and state the reasons why understanding career choice and development theory is important.


In this week, you will explain the relationship between theory and assessment and state general guidelines for the appropriate use of assessment techniques, and list ways to select and use them.  You will explain the ethical guidelines and common pitfalls related to the use of assessment instruments and discuss how assessments can be used by FCDs.


This week you will describe the importance of a professional code of ethics and determine which codes apply to FCDs.  You will describe methods that FCDs can use to decide if they are operating outside the limits of their knowledge and assigned scope of work, and apply these methods to specific cases.


During this week, you will identify the multicultural characteristics of the American workforce and its key trends.  You will define the term “diversity” and describe its importance in the workforce and describe some of the barriers that diverse populations experience.


This week you will identify and describe multiple types and sources of information, including career information and technological resources.  Explain how information is culture-specific and critically evaluate your career information and technological literacy.


During this week, you will identify components of the job search process.  You will describe the portfolio method for organizing self-knowledge for a job search. You will learn how to explain the importance of a business/employer perspective for job seekers. Also, describe the hidden job market and how to access it. You will articulate how workforce development and economic development are aligned, interdependent, and an essential part of business services. You will determine how to take a dual customer approach to address both job seeker and business’ needs and explain strategies for responding to a demand-driven system.


This week you will state why it is important to plan and design career development programs and list and describe the 12 steps of the program development process.  You will design direct service programs for populations of your choice and share it with the class at the end of the course.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the Facilitating Career Development (FCD) Certification Course, You will show proficiency in the 12 FCD Competencies established by the National Career Development Association

  1. Helping Skills – You will be proficient in the basic career facilitating process, including productive interpersonal relationships.
  2. Labor Market Information and Resources – You will understand labor market and occupational information and trends. They will know and be able to use and access current resources.
  3. Assessment – You will understand and apply (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served.
  4. Diverse Populations – You will be able to recognize the special needs of various groups and adapt services to meet their needs.
  5. Ethical and Legal Issues – You will be required to read and follow the CDF code of ethics and know current legislative requirements.
  6. Career Development Models – You will understand career development theories, models and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age and ethnic background.
  7. Employability Skills – You will learn and be able to implement job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups.
  8. Training Clients and Peers – You will prepare and develop materials for training programs and demonstrations.
  9. Program Management/Implementation – You will understand career development programs and their implementation and work as a liaison in collaborative relationships.
  10.  Promotion and Public Relations – You will know how to market and promote career development programs with staff and supervisors.
  11. Technology – You will comprehend and use career development computer applications.
  12. Consultation – You will accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants and supervisors.


The 120-hour class meets over ten weeks to prepare you for success in the growing field of career development. This course combines face-to-face video training with online learning to give you the skills you need to work in any career development setting. You’ll spend nine online Zoom classes at night interacting with your instructor and peers. The remainder of the class is a combination of engaging online learning, discussions, and fieldwork.

FCD Course starts every September, January, and May each year!

Other courses are created when there a minimum of ten people interested and requested by a school, organization or corporation.

Group Training

Mark is open and always looking forward to working with an organization or school to run an FCD course or training. If you have at least ten people who would like this course delivered at a time and location that would work for you, please contact me.