Numerous benefits to NCDA membership are listed below. Click on links to Categories and the Join/Renew Form before becoming a member. Contact us at if you have any questions.

  • Career Development Quarterly, NCDA's journal is the premier career counseling journal, presenting the latest information in career development research and career counseling practice.  CDQ is provided electronically to members.
  • Career Developments, the NCDA magazine, is a themed publication offering articles that balance a broad vision with practical applications. Published four times per year, each issue offers a focused article on a select theme, a feature article on a prominent NCDA event, specific content for five departments, and four regular columns. Only members receive this print magazine in the mail each quarter.
  • Career Convergence, NCDA's web magazine offers new articles each month for career development practitioners working in a variety of work settings. This is emailed to members on the first day of each month. Members are invited to submit articles and can receive CEUs when published.
  • The Career Resource Store offers career development publications  that are available to members at discounted prices.  NCDA carries publications appropriate for use with adults, K-12, post-secondary, and several other specialized areas.
  • Global Career Development Conference that provides exciting keynoters, over 150 CE-approved program sessions, and provides opportunities for networking with many career professionals. Members receive discounts on registration fees and access to select session video-recordings.
  • Professional Development Institutes provide opportunities for continuing education at the annual conference and occasionally at state and regional locations (such as the Career Practitioner Institutes). Members receive discounts on registration. Other Professional Development opportunities are listed on the website, including the exclusive Leadership Academy and online Job listings (for members only).
  • Professional Credentials that are built upon rigorous quality standards, scope of practice and ethical guidelines. NCDA credentials show validity of your competency in the field. If you are a member and 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. 
  • Liability Insurance may be available to NCDA members, with specific qualifications, through the ACA Insurance HPSO. Call 800-347-6647 for more information.
  • Networking Opportunities are endless with thousands of career development professionals who are members of state divisions and NCDA. Members can access a Directory under Members Only Resources (after logging in). Members may also use the Questions and Comments form (under Members Only Resources) to discuss career-related issues of interest.
  • Professional Recognition can be achieved by holding an NCDA Credential, contributing to a publication, presenting at a conference, or serving on a committee. Members are also eligible for annual NCDA Awards.
  • Sample Forms is an online repository of documents for members to review and reference when developing professional forms for use in all career development settings.
  • Committee Work supports much of NCDA and contributes to the field. For example, the Multicultural Career Resource List (generated by the Committee on Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion) aids practitioners, researchers, authors, and those seeking credentials.
  • Bibliography of Military Career Transition Research, 2000-present. The Veterans Committee (Research Sub-Committee) created this pdf.  The Table of Contents includes a wide variety of demographics: female, LGB, ex-offenders, and more.  Theory Applications, employment, and students are some of the topics covered. It is available to members upon Login, under Members Only Resources.
  • Resources for Partnering With International Students. Developed by the NCDA International Student Taskforce, this pdf includes resources for career counseling and career services professionals to support career development of International students, specifically focused on students within the college/university setting. Resources explore multicultural counseling competencies, programming and career services development, assessment implications, and employment search. Also included is a list of self-guided websites and books to provide directly to the International student. It is available to members upon Login, under Members Only Resources.
  • Partnerships:

    • NCDA has been approved as a member organization of the Automation Federation. The Automation Foundation and NCDA are working together to convey the message to students, job seekers, returning Veterans, and those in career transition that pursuing a career in the automation profession can be rewarding, and is essential to the long-term viability of our nation's and the world's advanced manufacturing effort. Click here to read the current AF/NCDA Workforce Position Statement.
    • NCDA has joined the Global Pathways Institute, along with many national organizations, to form the National Coalition for Career Development. This opens numerous opportunities for members - see "NCDA's New Training Program and Participation in the National Coalition for Career Development."
    • International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) shares the news with member organizations (including NCDA) regarding upcoming conferences and new journals. (See About NCDA: Global Connections.)
    • NCDA members may receive discounts on conference rates from such events as Cannexus as well as webinars in partnership with CERIC.
    • Watch your email or the website for additional partnership benefits.

      If your organization would like to make a partnership offer to NCDA or its members, please contact

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