Introduction to Credentialing
Please start your new NCDA Credentialing Application by completing the Credentialing Application Form. Once the information, including a non-refundable payment, has been completed, you will receive the link to upload the appropriate documents and complete the application and assessment process.
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).
The Credentialing Commission has declared the following benefits:
Supports your professional brand and profile in the field of career development
- Formal validation of your professional background and qualifications
- Highlights your strengths and expertise as a practitioner, educator and/or supervisor
- Portable, national competency-based credential, that reaches beyond a certificate of training
- Provides credibility and transparency for heightened consumer confidence
- Built upon rigorous quality standards, scope of practice and ethical guidelines
- Supports core standards of practice for practitioners and consumers
- NCDA offers support for credentials via research, advocacy, and continuing education.
- Due to the current increase in the number of applicants, there is a longer wait time for processing. We apologize for this delay.
Tech Update to Credential Application Software Scheduled for January 1-20, 2020.
Due to scheduled maintenance to Fluid Review, the software system that processes NCDA credentialing applications, there will be no access to any credential applications, case studies, reviews, etc. from January 1st through January 20th. If you are planning to complete a credential application during the holiday break, please make sure it’s completed in full by January 1st at midnight. After that time, no one will be able to access the credentialing database until January 20th (this includes NCDA staff and Credentialing Commission reviewers). This also means that there will be no reviews completed during this time, which will slow down the process of awarding credentials. Please be patient during this transition, and if you have any questions, contact Credentialing Director Aaron Leson at email@example.com
- Continuing Education Providers may now apply to be listed in the CE Directory
- Credential Holder Continuing Education Log
- The Credentialing Commission released the 2019 Continuing Education Manual (updated 03/26/19)
- YouTube channel: Credential Guru