Why has NCDA embarked on this credentialing initiative?
How will NCDA’s credentials differ from past offerings?
Which professional credentials are being launched?
When can I apply for a credential?
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?
Where can I find more information about specific credentials?
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 believes the complexity in our field needs to be recognized by a variety of high quality credentials. NCDA has determined that setting up its own credentialing body will allow NCDA’s standards and ethics to be upheld most effectively.
The Certified Career Services Provider™ (CCSP) credential is intended for providers offering career services in an array of roles and settings, such as advisors, coaches, workforce practitioners, facilitators, trainers, recruiters, and resume writers. An applicant will need to demonstrate competency aligned with the current 12 competencies addressed by NCDA’s Facilitating Career Development curriculum.
The Certified Master of Career Services™ (CMCS) is intended for providers who have mastered a variety of roles in career services, such as consultants, coaches, managers, workforce practitioners, facilitators, trainers, recruiters, and resume writers. This credential is open to practitioners with a minimum of 5 years of full-time employment or the equivalent (10,000 hours) and requires demonstration of mastery of the CMCS domains of practice.
The Certified Career Counselor ™ (CCC) credential is intended for a career counselor with an advanced degree (master’s, educational specialist or doctoral level) in counselor education, counseling psychology or closely related counseling degree, engaged primarily in a career counseling practice or other career counseling related services. The Certified Career Counselor credential recognizes two important factors in training and experience, including both counseling and a specialization in career development, theory and practice.
The Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling™ (CCSCC) credential is intended for individuals who serve as clinical supervisors to career counselors and other practitioners who provide career services.
The Certified Career Counselor Educator™ (CCCE) is Intended for counselor educators whose primary focus is on the career development aspect of counselor preparation.
A sixth credential will be launched in August 2018: Certified School Career Development Advisor (CSCDA).
The credential application process is NOW OPEN. Please click here to apply now!
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 "Learn More About..." that credential.
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 the Certified Master of Career Services™ (CMCS)
$145.00 for the Certified Career Counselor ™ (CCC)
$145.00 for the Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling™ (CCSCC)
$145.00 for the Certified Career Counselor Educator™ (CCCE)
There will be a $40.00 annual fee to maintain each credential, as well as a $40.00 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.
Certified Career Counselor ™ (CCC)