Introduction to Credentialing

NCDA offers diverse, high quality competency-based credentials that effectively uphold NCDA's standards and ethics.

What is a credential? A credential represents a formal validation of an individual's qualifications and professional competency in a specific industry.

What is the value of a credential? An industry certification ensures that you are proficient in a field, while allowing you to enhance your professional brand. By promoting your credential to organizations, your peers and the public at large, you are able to present your base of knowledge, skills and experience to those you serve (students and clients).



  • Incoming applications are increasing! Due to this high volume and the upcoming NCDA conference, please grant us extra time for processing.
  • JUMP START your Application for an NCDA Credential at the Conference in Phoenix! Thursday, June 21 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in Suite 318
    Demystify the credentialing process! Members of the NCDA Credentialing Commission will be available to assist you with questions and concerns surrounding NCDA’s competency based certifications. Not sure which credential is right for you? Uncertain about the preparation and steps in the application process? Need clarification on the items you need to verify to begin an application for a specific credential? Bring your laptop, your resume/C.V. and your questions and the Commission members will be happy to walk you through the necessary steps to earn your new competency based credential, and advance your professional brand!


  • New eligibility requirements for CCSCC - see the CCSCC web page.



Commitment ~ Competency ~ Certification

What credentials are available?

Which credential should I apply for?

How much does it cost?

What else do I need to know?

How do I apply?

Who Has Achieved a Credential?

What About International Applicants?