Introduction to Credentialing

Please start your new NCDA Credentialing Application by completing the Credentialing Application Form. Once the information, including a non-refundable payment, has been completed, you will receive the link to upload the appropriate documents and complete the application and assessment process. 


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).

The Credentialing Commission has declared the following benefits:

  • Supports your professional brand and profile in the field of career development

  • Formal validation of your professional background and qualifications
  • Highlights your strengths and expertise as a practitioner, educator and/or supervisor
  • Portable, national competency-based credential, that reaches beyond a certificate of training
  • Provides credibility and transparency for heightened consumer confidence
  • Built upon rigorous quality standards, scope of practice and ethical guidelines
  • Supports core standards of practice for practitioners and consumers
  • NCDA offers support for credentials via research, advocacy, and continuing education.



  • Continuing Education Providers may now apply to be listed in the CE Directory
  • The Credentialing Commission (CC) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the open position of Representative of the Certified Career Counselor ™ (CCC) – a standard of professional excellence for individuals trained as counselors, who will specialize in the delivery of career counseling services. Please see details in the attached 2019 CC Application Form.



Commitment ~ Competency ~ Certification

What credentials are available?

How much does it cost?

What else do I need to know?

How do I apply?

What Do I Need to Know About Continuing Education?

Who Has Achieved a Credential? What Milestones Have Been Achieved?

What About International Applicants?