Why has NCDA embarked on this credentialing initiative?
How will NCDA’s credentials differ from past offerings?
How do I apply for the new credentials?
What is a “Blind Review”?
What happens if I don’t pass?
What is the cost to apply for each certification?
How do I keep my credential up-to-date?
How do I find continuing education relevant to career development?
I have a different question or comment. Who can I ask?
The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is the recognized leader in developing standards for the career development profession, for the provision of career counseling programs and services, and for the evaluation of career information materials. Members and the public-at-large have repeatedly asked for clarification among the distinctions between the variety of practitioners providing career services. NCDA’s Board of Directors has long reflected on the need for industry credentials for its members. In spring 2016, the NCDA Board formed a committee to research the viability and plan for the establishment of a credentialing entity to address the need for formal certifications for the career development field. The new credentialing entity is the NCDA Credentialing Commission.
NCDA had previously offered self-selected membership designations including the Master Career Counselor (MCC) and the Master Career Specialist (MCS), also formally known as the Master Career Development Professional (MCDP). NCDA believes the complexity in our field needs to be recognized by a variety of high quality credentials. NCDA has determined that establishing its own credentialing body will allow NCDA to most effectively uphold its standards of practice and code of ethics. The new credentials will assess competency through a formal application procedure. The MCC and MCS/MCDP designations were discontinued early 2018 and members should no longer use these inactive designations.
An online application process will be used for all NCDA credentials. All applications will be reviewed by a credentialed and trained reviewer. Applicants will be notified via email regarding their credential award. You can read all the steps for each credential by clicking on the credential you are interested in.
When the applicant’s work samples and/or case studies are transferred to the “review” phase, the appointed reviewer will not have access to core identifying information on the applicant. This process in meant to address any potential bias on the part of a reviewer.
Those who do not pass their first attempt may retest with new assessment items within one month. If the retest is also unsuccessful, the applicant must wait one year to reapply.
The application fee is:
$100.00 for the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP)
$145.00 for all the other credentials
There will be a $40.00 annual fee to maintain each credential, as well as a $35.00 late fee for not renewing a credential in a timely manner. The annual fee provides ongoing access for the online logging of continuing education clock hours. Credentials will be renewed every 3 years.
More details about finding relevant career development continuing education will be coming.
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