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?
I have applied, but have not heard anything more?
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?
What additional benefits can I expect from being a credential holder?
Can I see what others think of being a credential holder?
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.
You should receive a response within two weeks. If you have not received an email that your application is being processed, try going back in to Fluid Review and hitting "Submit".
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
(application fees are non-refundable)
There will be a $40.00 annual maintenance fee to maintain each credential, as well as a $35.00 late fee for not paying in a timely manner. The annual maintenance fee provides ongoing access for the online logging of continuing education clock hours. Credentials will need to be renewed every 3 years. See the Credentialing Commission's Continuing Education Manual for details.
All of NCDA Credentials require continuing education. The required 30 contact hours every 3 years must meet the NCDA’s Credentialing Commission’s requirements regarding competency area and activity type, as described in the Continuing Education Manual. Maintain your continuing education contact hours by logging them as follows:
Record the activities that you attend for recertification of your NCDA Credential in the Credential Holder Continuing Education Log. The activities must occur within the three-year certification cycle at renewal of your credential. You must obtain 30 contact hours during each three-year cycle. Any course or activity offered by an NCDA approved provider, or state licensure-approved provider, that addresses one or more of your credential competency areas is acceptable. (See the CE Manual for details.) You will need to keep your log updated in case you are randomly selected for an audit at your credential renewal time. You must maintain proper documentation in your files (hard copies or scanned copies of certificates, agendas, letters, etc.) in the event of an audit of CE contact hours. If you are an NCDA member, your CE contact hours at NCDA-sponsored events will be documented for you and available when you login to your NCDA member account.
The Credentialing Commission published a Continuing Education Manual. Record your continuing education in the Credential Holder Continuing Education Log. NCDA members can login to see their NCDA events documented.
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.
As a credential holder, you are eligible for an exclusive web listing on the NCDA website to let others know that you provide help to those with career needs! This is an excellent way to market your services to those who visit www.ncda.org looking for career help. The web listing is $35 annually. You can sign up for this exclusive benefit when you receive your welcome email or annual maintenance notice.
Can I see what others think of being a credential holder?
Yes. Testimonials from current credential holders are available on the specific credential page. You are also welcome to contact the NCDA Credentialing Commission.
If you do share your own testimonial, image, etc, please give Permission for NCDA to use Credential Holder's Information.
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