NCDA Credentialing Commission

About the Commission

On February 17, 2016, NCDA joined other trade associations that uphold standards for their own professions by credentialing people who have the skills to fill specific roles within their field.  The NCDA Board resolved to set up and fund an initiative, thus the NCDA Credentialing Commission was born.  The Commission was charged with making recommendations for implementing credentialing programs for a variety of roles in the career field.

Originally Commissioners were selected and appointed by the NCDA Board based on their experience, practice, educational preparation, and specialty.  Beginning in 2017 and following each year, Commissioners will be elected from those qualifying for the credential they will represent.

The Commission has researched and thoroughly discussed credentialing in its process of creating the initial group of credentials.  The Commission has worked in the direction of high standards and streamlined procedures.  The word “Credential” was chosen as an umbrella term used for the many types of programs, including licensure, certification, accreditation, recognition designation, and certificates.

The Commission has recommended six credentials. All these credentials begin with the word “Certified.”  All of the new credentials contain an assessment component which will be scored by “blind reviewers” – experienced professionals who already have the credential and have been trained to score case studies and/or work samples.

Applications for all of these credentials will be completed online, using any available computer.  Like all credentials in our field, we expect to require continuing education for renewals.  Our online process will allow recipients of certificates to update education as it is completed. View the FAQs for more.


Commission Members

Constance J. Pritchard, EdD, CMCS, CCSP
NCDA Fellow, and Master TrainerConnie Pritchard
The Pritchard Group
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Aaron LesonAaron Leson, MBA, CCSP, CBSP
Master Trainer
Tad Grants
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James Westhoff, M.Ed, CCCJames Westhoff
Husson University
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John Long

John Long, ED.S., BCC, CMCS
Two Roads Resources, Inc.
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 Tina AnctilTina Anctil, PhD, LPC, CRC, CCCE
Portland State University
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Advisory Commissioners

Marilyn Maze photoMarilyn Maze, PhD
Asia Pacific Career Development Association
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Judy HoppinJudith M. Hoppin, LPC, NCC, and NCDA Fellow
Oakland University
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Director of Credentialing and Special Programs

Cynthia Marco Scanlon 2017Cynthia Marco Scanlon, PhD, CCC
National Career Development Association
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Staff Liaison

Mary Ann 2017Mary Ann Powell
Special Projects Director




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