Becoming an Instructor

Levels of the NCDA Career Development Facilitator Training Program

  1. Facilitating Career Development Training
  2. Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Certification
  3. NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructor/eLearning Specialty
  4. NCDA Facilitating Career Development Master Trainer


Facilitating Career Development Training

  • Training provides individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work.
  • Certification is not required to perform services as a Career Services Provider but certification is highly recommended.

CCSP® (Certified Career Services Provider)

  • The CCSP Credential is issued by the NCDA Credentialing Commission. CCSP is a registered credential exclusively owned and controlled by NCDA. 
  • Upon successful completion of an NCDA FCD training program, one may apply for credentialing through the NCDA Credentialing Commission. 
  • An individual must successfully complete all 4 competency-based case studies in order to be awarded the CCSP. 
  • The credential is awarded for 3 years with 30 hours of continuing education required during the 3-year period.
  • There is an annual maintenance fee to maintain the CCSP.
  • Continuing Education is available through, but not limited to, Universities, College, Government Agencies, and Private Providers and must address one of the 12 career development competencies.

GCDF® (Global Career Development Facilitator) Certification

  • Certification is issued by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).   CDF is a registered certification mark exclusively owned and controlled by CCE.  CCE does not sponsor, and it not affiliated with, any activities performed, or programs administered, by the NCDA.
  • Upon successful completion of an NCDA Training Program, one may apply for certification through CCE.
  • Certification is based on the individual participating in a CCE approved training.  Individual must also meet education and experience requirements as indicated on CCE’s GCDF application (
  • Certification is limited to those participants who attend training from a certified instructor.
  • Certification is for 5 years with recertification requirements of continuing education.
  • There is an annual maintenance fee to maintain GCDF certification.
  • Trainings are provided through, but not limited to, Universities, Colleges, Government Agencies, and Private Providers.

NCDA Instructor Training

  • Selected through an application process.  Selection is based on education, experience, adult training abilities, and commitment.
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications as indicated on NCDA website.
  • Instructors must successfully complete an Instructor Training Workshop given by an NCDA Master Trainer to become an instructor.
  • To maintain your NCDA Facilitating Career Development instructor status you must either join the NCDA Instructor Registry, or maintain a GCDF Certification through CCE. 

The NCDA Registry offers:

  • Advertisement of Facilitating Career Development classes on the NCDA Website.
  • Automatic receipt of updates to curriculum.
  • Your name appears on the registry as an NCDA recognized instructor
  • You will receive notifications of any updates or changes to rules and notification of upcoming available trainings and conferences
  • For students to be eligible for the CCSP or GCDF credential, they must be trained by an NCDA Instructor and the Facilitating Career Development training must total 120 hours. These hours can be a combination of 80 hours of classroom training and 40 hours of homework and outside activities

NCDA Facilitating Career Development Master Trainer

  • Master Trainers are current Facilitating Career Development Instructors selected through an application process. Selection is based on a set of specific criteria.
  • Training is scheduled on an “as needed” basis. 
  • NCDA will notify everyone on the NCDA Instructor Registry about future training.
  • NCDA offers a Master Trainer registry and a training calendar on the website to assist in recruitment of new NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructors.