Accelerated Way To Top Up Level 4 IAG to Achieve Level 6 Careers Advisor Standard

Fast-Track Professional Development Opportunities To Achieve Level 6 Standards

Level 6 top up to update your level 4 in advice & guidance or learning, development & support services to a careers advisor standard

Level 6 CIAG Top Up Programme

Aimed at those who completed an NVQ 4 in Advice & Guidance, or the NVQ 4 in LDSS (Supporting Young People Pathway) pre-2010.

Reasons to undertake a continually improve your careers skills

The Career Development Institute ( has set up the Register for Career Guidance & Development professionals which employers use to authenticate their Careers Advisors. In order to become a member of CDI and be part of the Registers a practitioner who currently holds either the NVQ 4 in Advice & Guidance, or the NVQ 4 in LDSS (Supporting Young People Pathway) and hold the units below, would be able to join the register subject to the achievement of three specified units of the Level 6 Diploma – the recommended benchmark qualification for professional career guidance.

As a fully accredited OCR Level 6 Approved Centre we are able to offer you the opportunity to achieve these units.

Top Up Units of the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development

  • Unit 2: Reflect on and improve professional practice
  • Unit 3: Career Guidance Theory
  • Unit 6: Use Career and Labour Market Information with clients

The Level 4 QCF/NVQ must have been undertaken in a career guidance context and include the interviewing units:

  • Develop interactions with clients;
  • Assist clients to decide on a course of action;
  • Assist clients to plan the implementation of a course of action;
  • Assist clients to review a course of action

How Do I Achieve These Units?

You can either attend workshops for group learning alternatively we can support you via MS Teams or face to face sessions, covering induction and expectations of a CIAG professional, online E portfolio, learning materials and resources, to the teaching of the theories and essential skills required to succeed as a competent Careers Advisor. You will also be required to complete unit assignments or around 2500 per assignment and undertake 2 observations of your careers practice in the workplace.

Programme Delivery

Session 1: Induction to CIAG and Reflective Practice (Unit 2)

  • Introduction to the assessment process and E Learning system
  • Introduction to reflective practice and defining the requirements of level 6 to critically analyse and critically evaluate both self practice as well as current practices and theories within the sector

Session 2: Career Guidance Theory (Unit 3)

This Unit covers the history and current theories used in Careers Guidance:-

  • What theories match specific users
  • Motivational factors and techniques
  • Change factors and techniques

Session 3: Using Career and Labour Market Information with Clients (Unit 6)

This Unit covers the use of LMI within CIAG:-

  • How to balance supply and demand
  • Strategies for Long term Careers planning for those who want a follow a career
  • Strategies for Short term Careers planning for those clients who have a lower skill set or no fix term career goals
  • Analysis and evaluation of the effects or European migration and Education statistics on Careers practice and Employment in the UK.


From £795 excluding enrolment.

Using your Top Ups Units Towards the Full Qualification

To achieve the full level 6 CIAG qualification you would need to undertake the remaining 4 mandatory units and 15 Credits from the optional Units to complete the 60 credits requirement for the full Level 6 in Career Guidance & Development.