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 職涯發展及服務課程 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

FCD in the Media