Introduction to Credentialing

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.



  • The system generates automatic emails to inform applicants and holders about their status. Please check your spam folder to see if your messages are there. If you are not receiving credentialing messages, please contact us.
  • Continuing Education Providers may now apply to be listed in the NCDA Directory of Select CE Providers



Commitment ~ Competency ~ Certification

What credentials are available? Which is best for me?

How much does it cost?

What else do I need to know?

How do I apply?

What Do I Need to Know About Continuing Education?

Who Has Achieved a Credential? What Milestones Have Been Achieved?

What About International Applicants?