As the premier leader in career development training and education services, NCDA provides programming and credentials in a diverse set of training programs. Each program serves a specific audience and offers informed practices for research, development, and delivery of career services.
Additionally, NCDA training and education programs enhance and professionalize career service practitioners in a wide range of settings.
Overall, NCDA training and education products, services and leaders are dedicated to providing the best career development training programs available!
The Training and Education Council is seeking applicants for two open positions. Applications will be accepted until May 3, midnight Eastern time.
Why should I choose an NCDA training program?
- NCDA has the longest history of career development content delivery and design of any career development association.
- NCDA training leads to industry-recognized credentials.
- NCDA has an established network of highly skilled and qualified instructors, trained by our expert Master Trainers.
- All programs are based on evidence-informed career related research endeavors.
Terms and Definitions
Career Development Facilitator (CDF) - CDF is the original term describing an individual who completed the original NCDA Career Development Facilitator training program (now Facilitating Career Development training program). CDF was also the original name of the credential managed by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE). The term CDF was coined by the original curriculum writers in approximately 1992. The term CDF is no longer used by NCDA.
CDF-I - Career Development Facilitator Instructor - this term was originally used to describe an individual who completed an NCDA Instructor Training program and was eligible to teach the curriculum. The term CDF-I is no longer used.
Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) - This credential, managed by the Center for Credentialing and Education, was originally known as the CDF credential. The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) added the word Global to reflect the growing popularity of the credential. The G was added in the early 2000s.
GCDF-I (Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor) - This term describes a credential managed by the Center for Credentialing and Education. It describes an individual that has been trained as an instructor and applied for and awarded the Instructor credential through CCE.
FCD (Facilitating Career Development) - FCD is the new term that describes the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program. Individuals who complete this training program receive a Certificate of Completion. They are not referred to as FCDs or CDFs but rather an individual that has completed the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program. This term is not a credential.
FCD-I (Facilitating Career Development Instructor) - FCD-I refers to an individual that has completed the NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructor Training Program. This designation simply clarifies that an individual has completed the Instructor training program, has registered with NCDA as an instructor, and is eligible to train using the NCDA FCD curriculum. This term is not a credential.
CSP (Career Services Provider) - is a term used to describe an individual that successfully completed the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program and received a Certificate of Completion. CSP, coined in 2017, replaced the term CDF or Career Development Facilitator. This term is not a credential.
CCSP (Certified Career Services Provider) - is a credential managed by the National Career Development Association’s Credentialing Commission. In order to use the term CCSP, an individual must complete an approved NCDA FCD Training Program and apply for and be awarded the credential through a competency-based assessment process. CCSPs must maintain their credential yearly and must submit 30 hours of continuing education every 3 years. The Continuing Education Manual explains the requirements in detail.
FCD Instructor Registry - The FCD Instructor Registry is managed by the National Career Development Association. The “Registry” is a list of instructors that have successfully completed the NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructor Training program and are eligible to train using the NCDA Facilitating Career Development curriculum. In order to be listed on the “Registry” the instructor must adhere to the NCDA Code of Ethics, adhere to quality standards set by NCDA, and obtain appropriate continuing education as outlined by NCDA. An individual in the “Registry” must maintain their yearly membership at $50 per year and complete 75 hours of continuing education every 5-year period.
FCD Instructor Registry - Continuing Education Requirements - FCD Instructors listed on the “Registry” must complete 75 hours of continuing education during each 5 year period. Continuing education hours must focus on one of the 12 career development competencies. We adhere to continuing education guidelines set by the NCDA Credentialing Commission.
SCDA (School Career Development Advisor) - This term describes our newest NCDA Training Program. The SCDA is a training program designed for individuals who work in many settings and help prepare K-12 students for meaningful work and managing their careers. Individuals who complete the SCDA training program receive a Certificate of Completion. This term is not a credential.
SCDA-I (School Career Development Advisor Instructor) - This term refers to an individual that has completed the NCDA School Career Development Advisor Instructor Training Program. This designation simply clarifies that an individual has completed the Instructor training program, has registered with NCDA as an instructor, and is eligible to train using the NCDA SCDA curriculum. This term is not a credential.
CSCDA (Certified School Career Development Advisor) - CSCDA is a credential managed by the National Career Development’s Credentialing Commission. In order to use the term CCSP, an individual must complete an approved NCDA SCDA Training Program and apply for and be awarded the credential through a competency-based assessment process.
Certificate vs. Credential - A “certificate” is designed to acknowledge that an individual has completed one of NCDA’s Training Programs. A “credential” is designed to acknowledge that an individual has attained a specific level of education, completed an NCDA Training Program, and/or met additional education and experience requirements and has successfully completed the competency-based assessment required for each NCDA credential.
Who is the National Career Development Association? The National Vocational Guidance Association (NVGA) was founded in 1913. In 1985 NVGA was renamed and became the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Thus NCDA is the first, longest running and preeminent career development association in the world. Read more about NCDA's history in the five article series "Roots of the National Career Development Association" published in Career Convergence in honor of NCDA's 100th anniversary.
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. NCDA works with licensing and credentialing bodies to support the preparation and recognition of career counselors and career development practitioners. NCDA also sets ethical standards for the career development profession including guidelines for the provision of career services on the Internet.
NCDA provides programs and services for career development professionals and for the public involved with or interested in career development, including, but not limited to, professional development activities, publications, research, general information, professional standards, advocacy, and recognition for achievement and service. NCDA provides a voice for thousands of members who deliver career services to diverse groups in a broad variety of settings and to their clients. NCDA maintains a comprehensive web site of information, resources and tools for career development professionals and the public at www.ncda.org
NCDA is a founding Division of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and collaborates with ACA to jointly represent the interests of counselors in Congress and in the national legislative process. NCDA frequently is consulted by the national media about career-related issues; NCDA continuously promotes global sharing of workforce policy and practices; and NCDA supports and reports on research in the growing field of career development.
Who is the Center for Credentialing and Education? The Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) is a not-for-profit organization that provides practitioners and organizations with assessments, business support services and credentialing. Created in 1995 as an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), CCE credentials nearly 25,000 practitioners globally in a variety of fields.
What training programs does NCDA offer?
Facilitating Career Development (FCD) – training for current and future career practitioners in schools, public service, non-profits, private industry, and many more settings. FCD provides standards, training specifications, and credentialing opportunities for these career providers.
Clinical Supervision - a 45-hour Training in Clinical Supervision for career counselors and other practitioners. This training is for those individuals interested in clinical supervision of career development practitioners.
School Career Development Advisor (SCDA, Coming Fall 2019) – Additional training program after FCD for K-12 practitioners in counseling and non-counseling roles. These advisors work with other staff to coordinate the design, implementation, and monitoring of school and community-based efforts to improve the chances of students entering the job market with skills, knowledge, and credentials to be competitive.
When are the training programs offered?
Training programs are offered at a variety of times and locations:
FCD pre-scheduled courses are listed on the NCDA website under and mostly offered according to individual instructors’ schedules.
FCD customized course offerings allow you to arrange a program time to meet your needs.
When selecting an FCD training, it may be helpful to view the full list of registered FCD instructors to read their brief biographies so as to learn more about potential instructors.
Clinical Supervision is currently offered annually at the NCDA conference.Watch for an application form to be posted in January or February.
Future programs (SCDA and OWDS) will be announced later.
How can I use the training I have experienced?
The NCDA training can be applied to a variety of professional and volunteer roles. Completers of the training programs have gone on to serve as career counselors, school counselors, human resource professionals, workforce services agents, educators, and more. Because the training programs were designed for practical and immediate application, you will be equipped to apply your training in your current environment or harness your learned skills in a new position.
How do I attend a training program?
Training programs are offered in 3 different formats:
Traditional — These courses meet face-to-face with the instructor for a minimum number of classroom hours alongside homework done outside of class time.
Online — These courses are conducted virtually in scheduled class groups or individually with the instructor, with face-to-face instruction provided through online video conferencing services.
Hybrid — These courses are offered primarily online but may have predetermined dates or times that students will meet in-person with the instructor to gain the minimum of hours of face-to-face instruction.
FCD course schedules include a description of the format for that course.
Clinical Supervision requires 23 hours in-person over a 3 day period plus 22 additional hours of practicum work.