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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).


Commitment ~ Competency ~ Certification


What credentials does NCDA offer?

The Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) credential is for those who have completed NCDA’s Facilitating Career Development curriculum. Specific levels of educational attainment and work experience are not required.

The Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) is intended for providers who have mastered a variety of roles in career services, have a minimum of 5 years of full-time employment or the equivalent (10,000 hours) and requires demonstration of mastery of the CMCS domains of practice.

The Certified Career Counselor (CCC) credential is intended for a career counselor with an advanced degree (master’s, educational specialist or doctoral level) in counselor education, counseling psychology or closely related counseling degree, engaged primarily in a career counseling practice or other career counseling related services.

The Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling (CCSCC) credential is intended for individuals who serve as clinical supervisors to career counselors and other practitioners who provide career services.

The Certified Career Counselor Educator (CCCE) is Intended for counselor educators whose primary focus is on the career development aspect of counselor preparation.

What are the costs?

Application fees:

  • $100.00 for the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP)

  • $145.00 for the other credentials

Renewal Fee: Credential holders must reapply every three years.

Annual Fee:  $40.00 to allow 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.

Continuing Education: Costs vary. Credential holders are required to obtain continuing education units as defined by the Commission.

Which credential should I apply for?

Read "Factors, Roles and Answers" published in Career Convergence.

The Credentialing Mindmap is an illustration of the core categories and multiple facets to think through.

Watch this webinar.

Attend conference sessions or the Career Practitioner Institute.

What else do I need to know?


Read all the FAQs.


Apply now!

The application involves a process that need not be completed all at once. When applying, you will be leaving the NCDA website and will be directed to FluidReview, where you will create a new account. Before starting this online process, you will need to:

  1. Read all FAQs and the Study Guide (if available)
  2. Watch this short video on setting up your FluidReview account
  3. Hold a post-secondary or advanced degree from the U.S. only. We will be accepting international degrees in the near future.

Click here to apply for an NCDA Credential. Create a new account with FluidReview. Do not use your NCDA login.

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