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).
New eligibility requirements for CCSCC - see the CCSCC web page.
Commitment ~ Competency ~ Certification
What credentials are available?
Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) - for individuals from an array of backgrounds, who deliver services and demonstrate core competency in the field of career services. Completion of the Facilitating Career Development training program is required before applying.
Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) – recognizes the contributions of non-counselors who have mastered a variety of roles within the field of career services.
Certified Career Counselor (CCC) – the new standard of professional excellence for individuals trained as counselors, who specialize in the delivery of career counseling services.
Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling (CCSCC) – recognizes the contributions of individuals who serve as clinical supervisors to career counselors and other practitioners who provide career services.
Certified Career Counselor Educator (CCCE) – recognizes the contributions of individuals whose primary focus is on the training of new counselors who will specialize in the field of career counseling.
Certified School Career Development Advisor (CSCDA) - (coming soon) - for providers who work with other staff in the K-12 sector 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
Which credential should I apply for?
Factors to Consider in Choosing a Credential:
Job titles can be arbitrary at times, so ask yourself, “What role do I play in the field of career services?”
If you are working on enhancing your involvement in the career field – what credential “ties in” with your background (experience, education and training), and therefore demonstrates to others your level of proficiency in career development?
Have you looked at the in-depth FAQs page for each of the five certifications? Start there to address your initial questions such as Who is this credential for? Which career counseling competencies are necessary? What educational requirements are needed in order to apply?
There is also a general FAQs page that will guide you through core questions on the process of applying for and pursuing a credential.
- The Credentialing Mindmap is an illustration of the core categories and multiple facets to think through when considering a professional credential.
Read more in the NCDA web magazine article, "Choosing a Credential – Factors, Roles and Answers"
How much does it cost?
Three costs are involved in being credentialed:
$100.00 for the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP)
$145.00 for all other credentials
There is a $40.00 annual fee at the end of the first, second, and third years. Then the credential holder must be recertified. The annual fee provides ongoing access for the online logging of continuing education clock hours. A late fee of $40.00 will be charged for not renewing a credential in a timely manner. Recertification will be automatic if fees are paid annually and sufficient clock hours have been earned.
Credential holders are required to obtain qualified continuing education. These are available in a variety of ways and costs. Coming soon - a CEU qualification chart and a detailed Continuing Education Manual.
What else do I need to know?
FAQs are listed for each credential.
General FAQ's are linked here and on the left sidebar of each page.
Study Guides provide help for applicants for the CCC, CCSP, and CMCS.
More information is available in this Credentialing Commission Webinar.
How do I apply?
When applying, you will be leaving the NCDA website and will be directed to FluidReview. You will need to:
Read all FAQs and the Study Guide (if available) before applying
Watch this short video on setting up your FluidReview account
Hold a post-secondary or advanced degree from the U.S. only. We will be accepting international degrees in the near future.
Create a new account with FluidReview - do not use your NCDA login.
Click here to apply for an NCDA Credential.
Who Has Achieved a Credential?
Since the inception of the credentialing program in August 2017, the following have obtained a credential (as of Feb 28, 2018):
Certified Career Services Provider
|Aaron Leson||Faryal Humkar||Mary Cotter|
|Aaron Meyer||Francine Kluck||Mary Hunt|
|Aimee Carter||Frank Lengel||Mary Vitro|
|Alana Stimes||Fred Brock||Meg Barton|
|Alanna Russell||Gaeun Seo||Melanie Diffey|
|Alissa Kane||Georgia Egan||Melissa Medlin|
|Allison Swygert||Gina Deupree||Melissa Wassel|
|Amanda Hummel||Hamaria Crockett||Melyssa Harrison|
|Amy Schroeder||Helen McHenry||Michael Heishman|
|Andrea Williams||Hope Goossens||Michael Hendri|
|Andrea Wynne||Hyung Joon Yoon||Michelle Howe|
|Andrena King||Irene Foran||Mike Stover|
|Andrew Er||Ivery Montgomery||Ming Tay Foo|
|Andrew Martin||Jan Dicker||Monieca West|
|Andy Chang||Jeanie Leong||Nancy Cechvala|
|Angelene Albanesi||Jenniel Taylor-Samuel||Nancy Erb|
|Angelique Hall Bovee||Jennifer Murdock Bishop||Nicole McCauley|
|Anthony Kroll||Jennifer Pepple||Paige Erhart|
|Autumn Grant||Jeremiah Wong Chung Chiat||Pamela Martin|
|Ayala Benjamin||Jessica Ayub||Pat Doherty|
|Barbara Wiggins||Jessica Ignizio||Patricia Ferguson|
|Belinda J Smith||Jillian Ventrone||Patricia Reid|
|Bernadette Farrar||Jim Peacock||Patrick Burns|
|Beth Gordon||Joanna Peters||Patrick Lengel|
|Beth Lengel||Jodee Ledford||Patrick Lennahan|
|Bret Anderson||Jody Burum||Rachel Nelson|
|Brianna Riggio||Johanna Miller||Rachel Shelton|
|Bryan Murphy||john mcgovern||Radice Banks|
|Camille Hale||Jola Zandecki||Ranza Thurman|
|Carla Cheatham||Joline Miller||Rebecca Droessler|
|Caroline Francis||Jose Muniz||Rebecca Flynn|
|Carrie Copelin||Joseph Kornoski||Rhonda Messinger|
|Cassandra Haley Rosario||Joseph Parent||Richard Vicenzi|
|Catherine Allen||Judith Ettinger||Rosanna Conti|
|Catherine Johansson||Julia Humphrey||Sabira Vohra|
|Catherine VanDyke||Julie Baxley||Sara Gould|
|Celeste Hall||Kacey Darnell||Shan Johnson|
|Chadwin Reynolds||Kalyn Ryll||Shantele Raper|
|Chandria Harris||Karen McGrady||Sharon Givens|
|Charlotte Tongate||Karen Santiano Francis||Sharon MacDonald|
|Cheri Beda||Karla Jones||Sharon McCormick|
|Cheri Durst||Kathleen High||Sharon Taylor|
|Cheryl Reardon||Katie Mehin||Shayla Savich|
|Cheryl Stratigos||Kegan Wohler||Sherri Jones|
|Chris Barstow||Kelly Lidinsky||Shirley Rowe|
|Chris Robinson||Kimberly Campbell||Shyamala Raghunathan|
|Christine Mahoney||Kimberly Plowden||Silissa Bischof|
|Christine Moran||Kok Kwang Han||Simone Stewart|
|Cindy Mason||Kristen Garceau||Sisy Anderson|
|Cindy Ryan||Kristine McGuire||Stacey Marr|
|Cinthia Fuja||Kristopher Dempster||Stefania Revelli|
|Clara Nydam||LaChish Reber||Stephanie Jackson|
|Connie Pritchard||Lakeisha Mathews||Stephanie McCallister|
|Coy Maienza||Lametra Off||Stephanie Mueller|
|Coyatitta Usry-Bland||Laura Padgett||Steve Graham|
|Cristina Buzas||Lauren DePaul||Sungsik Ahn|
|Cynthia Duerkop||LaVerne Vick||Suzi Raiford|
|Cynthia McCabe||Linda Albright||Sylvie Golod|
|Darryl Fitzgerald||Linda Woodard||Teck Siong Chong|
|David Just||Lisa Tripney||Telma Sullivan|
|Dawn Sizeland||Loralyn O'Kief||Terita Buchanan|
|Deann Burch||Louise Menendez||Theresa Schrecongost|
|Deborah Nason||Lucas Gray||Timothy Poynton|
|Debra Lamb||Lucy Meadows||Tina Carpenter|
|Delilah Smith||Lynette Andersen||Tonya Gerharter|
|Dell Gerrald||Lynn Hoerauf||Tracie Nichols|
|Diane Hass||Madison Marshall||Tracy Sullivan|
|Diane Jantze||Magtanggol Sto. Domingo||Tressa Dorsey|
|Dorlena Dunbar||Malka Edelman||Tu An Junior Lim|
|Eileen Davis||Margaret Demery||Vera Chapman|
|Elaine Webb||Margaret Sproule||Vernice Gonzalez|
|Eleftherios M. Colocassides||Maria Teresa Schaeffer||Virginia Santiago|
|Elizabeth Cole||Marissa Policicchio||Walter Lodes Jr.|
|Elizabeth Craig||Marjorie Hendrickson||Weatherly Williams|
|Elizabeth Wingert||Mark Danaher||William Scott|
|Ellen Neutzling||Marsha Gaulin||William Tomlinson|
|Ellen Weaver Pacquette||Mary A. Fitzgerald||Windie Wilson|
|Emilia Yee||Ya'el Chaikind|
Certified Master of Career Services
|Amy Thul-Sigler||Emily Bennett||Marcus Williams|
|Angela Kuek||Eronia King||Margi Williams|
|Annette Clemens||Gervelyne George||Melanie Diffey|
|Autumn McClenaghan||Heather Maietta||Michael Pennington|
|Barbara Wiggins||Hui Yi Hon||Natalie Schaible|
|Barry Davis||James Renfro||Rachel Nelson|
|Benny Belvin||Jeffrey Boian||Rhoda Smackum|
|Blanca Rosales-Ahn||Jenny Ward||Rita Stall|
|Cinthia Fuja||Jessica Worny Janicki||Sara Fugett|
|Connie Pritchard||Jodee Ledford||Sarah Brocks|
|Coyatitta Usry-Bland||John Long||Sharon Hanna|
|Craig Toedtman||Kok Kwang Han||Tonya Gerharter|
|Diane Jantze||Laura Lanham||Winston Chue|
Certified Career Counselor
|Adonica De Vault||Ilana Levitt||Michael Taylor|
|Alaina Nickerson||James Elkins||Natalie Kauffman|
|Alice Rush||James Westhoff||Nena Davis|
|Andrea D Wieland||Jan Coville||Norman Meshriy|
|Ann Malz||Jen Maryyanek||Peter Jacobs|
|Ann Martin||Jennifer Landis-Santos||Rachel Coleman|
|Aviva Giannotti||Jessica Bickley||Rachel Killam|
|Beverly Baskin||Jessie Roller||Rae Brendecke|
|Billie Streufert||Joel Buchheim||Rebecca Nelson|
|Binta Brown||Jon Schlesinger||Robbie Ouzts|
|Carla Hunter||Juliana Parker||Rosanna Conti|
|Caroline Francis||Karen Chopra||Sally Foster|
|Channa Shriki||Karen Litzinger||Sam Beck|
|Cindy Haeck||Kate Chroust||Sarah Backes-Diaz|
|Crisanne Blackie||Katelyn Jerles||Sarah Ramirez|
|Crystal Ligon||Keley Smith-Keller||Satomi Chudasama|
|Cynthia Marco Scanlon||Kristin Conner||Shannon Jordan|
|Dan Macy||Lauren Daley||Sharon McCormick|
|Daniel Kelley-Petersen||Lea Beth Lewis||Sue Pressman|
|David Falbo||Lisa Andrews||Susan Chritton|
|David Reile||Lisa Stotlar||Tambela Franklin|
|Deborah Knowles||Malka Edelman||Tami Katzoff|
|Deborah McKenzie||Margaret Maslanka||Teresa Petta|
|Drews Mitchell||Marjorie Hendrickson||Teresa Williams|
|Elizabeth Cole||Mark Pope||Terry Wynne|
|Elizabeth Madry||Martha Smith||Vera Chapman|
|Francine Bard Fabricant||Mary Cotter||Victoria Coleman|
|Garrett Nilsson||Mary Konow||Victoria Schroeder|
|Gloria S. Monick||Mary Mcwillie||Yas Hardaway|
Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling
|Hui Ping Tan|
Certified Career Counselor Educator
What About International Applicants?
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT CREDENTIAL APPLICATION PROCESS
NCDA credentials will be available to international applicants with degrees from non US accredited institutions beginning July 15, 2018.
Verification of Educational Degree
Most NCDA Credentials require individuals to verify their educational degrees. For credentials requiring transcript evaluation, applicants will upload the transcript evaluation as a part of the application process for an NCDA Credential. Here are the steps to do so:
Individuals with degrees or coursework from post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by a US Regional or National Institutional Accrediting Agency as recognized by the US Department of Education will need to complete the transcript evaluation process described below.
1. Determine if the school is accredited:
This link describes US post-secondary accreditation: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation?src=accred. At this link, you can also search for a school to determine if it is accredited.
2. If not accredited, contact a transcript evaluation service:
If you earned your degree(s) from an institution without US accreditation, you will need to have the degree(s) evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service and submit the results to NCDA as a part of your application. NCDA accepts transcription evaluation service from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants.
Depending on the credential you are applying for, you will need the following type of evaluation for your application:
A. For the Certified Career Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counselors, and Certified Career Counselor Educator, you will need to submit the University and Post-Secondary Course-by-Course evaluation. Below is what is provided in this evaluation:
This evaluation provides the same information as the document-by-document evaluation, but also gives course, grade, and credit equivalents in U.S. terms for university level study in other countries. This type of evaluation is usually required for transfer into a U.S. college or university. It is required for CPA examination, teacher certification, licensing or membership in professional associations (Engineering and Nursing require a different kind of evaluation.) Only study leading to a degree is included in evaluations. Our evaluations do not include non-credit bearing and continuing education study.
B. For the Certified Master of Career Services and Certified School Career Development Advisor, you will need to submit the Post-secondary/University Document-by Document evaluation. Below is what is provided in this evaluation:
This evaluation names all post-secondary or university diplomas, degrees and gives U.S. equivalencies for each. This report may be appropriate for graduate admission (in addition, the grade point average service is also required by many U.S. colleges and universities), for immigration, employment, among others. Only study leading to a degree is included in evaluations. Our evaluations do not include non-credit bearing and continuing education study.
C. The Certified Career Services Provider does not require verification of a degree. To qualify for this credential, you must complete the US NCDA Facilitating Career Development course provided by a US NCDA Facilitating Career Development Instructor.
Non-native Speakers of English
Non-native speakers of English may request an accommodation of a longer time period to complete the assessment portion in their credential application. All responses in the application must be in English.
Contact Commission Chair Dr. Constance J. Pritchard (email@example.com) with questions or to discuss accommodations.