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Introduction to Credentialing


The Facilitating Career Development Course was designed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and offers diverse, high quality competency-based credentials that effectively uphold NCDA's standards and ethics.

What is a credential? According to NCDA, 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? Per NCDA, 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).


Credentials 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.

  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) - for career professionals who work with all segments of the population. This credential is available upon completion of the Facilitating Career Development Course.  To get this certification, participants must present a certificate of completion of this course taught by a certified instructor through National Career Development Association.


Facilitating Career Development Course Schedule

Cohort I: September - December 2018

Cohort II: February 25-May 28, 2019

Cohort III: April 14--July 14, 2019

Cohort IV:  September 15-December 15, 2019

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