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Read what your peers are saying about earning their CMCS Credential:


"The CMCS Credential signifies the merging of theory and practice. The credentialing scenarios affirmed for me I have both the knowledge and the experience to effectively assess my clients' needs in a variety of settings and circumstances. The CMCS Credential is a symbol of the expertise my clients can expect to receive when seeking my service. As an instructor of NCDA's Facilitating Career Development Training, the CMCS is an assessment that validates the excellent instruction and content the FCD course provides, and I encourage anyone interested in the CMCS Credential to complete the FCD training if they haven't already done so."
Dr. Heather N. Maietta, CMCS, CDFI
Associate Professor, Higher Education Leadership
Owner, Career In Progress


After more than 17 years of undertaking HR consulting and recruitment work, I wanted to obtain independent assessment and verification of my career services skills. I chose and pursued NCDA’s CMCS credential as NCDA is the longest running career services association globally and a recognised leader in the development of career research and publications. Obtaining the CMCS has increased my credibility in providing advisory and counsel to my clients and candidates, not merely in changing jobs, but also in the context of their entire career roadmap.”
Angela Kuek, MBA, CMCS, GCDF
Director, The Meyer Consulting Group, Singapore


"The CMCS Credential means that, as a career consultant, I am recognized for my ability and experience in identifying abilities and interests, leveraging talents and moving clients to action. To me, this designation recognizes highly experienced practitioners who assist clients in their efforts to set realistic professional and business goals, to realize tangible results.” 
Laura Lanham, MS, GCDF, CMCS
Career and Talent Development Consultant 
ACT Career Services


"Over the years, I’ve held a variety of roles in the career development field including undergraduate career specialist; community workforce specialist; assistant and associate directors—all as a non-counselor.  These positions helped me develop a strong foundation in career development theories and practices, course development and instruction, program implementation and evaluation, and staff supervision. The opportunity to serve as a pilot credential holder, and now reviewer, for the Certified Master of Career Services acknowledges the alternative ways professionals acquire experience and support clients in our profession. To prepare to answer the four scenarios within the credential application, review NCDA’s Code of Ethics and your professional resources and experiences related to the CMCS Domains of Practice.  Reflect on the skills you’ve developed to help clients achieve meaningful change in their careers."
Jenny Ward, CMCS, GCDF
Associate Director, Center for Career Development
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


"I am grateful that the NCDA Credentialing Commission provides the Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) credential as a way to solidify my skills and knowledge within the field of career development. The credential allows me to stand out among my peers and supports my professional development goals by taking the next step through necessary credentials."
Amy Thul-Sigler, D.Ed., CMCS
Penn State University


"I was genuinely excited to see NCDA launch the new competency-based credentials.  As a career coach with 15 years of experience, the Certified Master of Career Services credential demonstrates my commitment to practicing career development at the highest level.  Demonstrating my mastery of these competencies and adhering to the ongoing CE requirements helps me to differentiate myself from other independent career practitioners.

I prepared for the case studies by reviewing the CMCS Domains of Practice, the NCDA Code of Ethics, and the Multi-Cultural Career Counseling Minimum Competencies statement.  I considered contemporary topics which I had seen articles published about as well as conference sessions presented upon.  I also found it helpful to review my own career resource library and reflect on the work done with some past clients."
Jessica Worny Janicki, CMCS, PCC
Certified Career & Executive Coach | Trainer | Facilitator
JWJ Consulting, LLC


"I wanted to pursue the CMCS credential to demonstrate my proficiency as a qualified and highly experienced practitioner in the field of career services.  I believe earning this certification demonstrates to my peers, colleagues and graduate student clientele that I have the requisite depth of knowledge, competencies, and real-world experience to deliver high quality career guidance and services.  Last year, I completed the Facilitating Career Development course, through NCDA. I then identified the CMCS as the natural next step in my professional development. When preparing for the CMCS certification, candidates should focus on the tangible results and quality outcomes they have achieved with their students/clients.  In other words, as a practitioner, be prepared to communicate the What, Why and How surrounding the important work you do in service to others." 
Cindi Fuja, MBA, CMCS
Graduate Career Consultant
The Graduate School | Division of Student Affairs, University of Notre Dame


"To me, the Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) represents commitment to excellence and professionalism in the Career Services field. After many years in Workforce Development, working for non-profit, government, and education employers, the CMCS credential solidifies the base of knowledge and skills embodied by an experienced practitioner, and inspires continuous learning and growth to serve a global audience of clients and students."
Lynn George, M.Ed, PHR, SHRM-CP, CMCS
Workforce Development Coordinator II

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