NCDA Career Practitioner Institute (CPI)

What is a Career Practitioner Institute?
NCDA offers these smaller, regional conferences for the purpose of

  1. gathering practitioners together for a day-long event at a low cost
  2. allowing state CDA leaders, NCDA Board members and representatives opportunities to present to and interact with smaller groups of practitioners
  3. showcasing NCDA products and benefits to both members and non-members
  4. offering CEs (continuing education credits) to practitioners who seek these
  5. convening Board meetings and state CDAs

 What are participants saying about NCDA Career Practitioner Institutes?

 "Two of the best things about the presentations were the thought-  provoking ideas and concepts and the competencies of the facilitators."

 "I enjoyed gaining new information and practices to re-energize my work."

 "As a new member, this was very beneficial... I learned about the many resources and training opportunities available to me personally, but also those that will be helpful in my work with my students."





February 24-25, 2022
In-Person - St. Petersburg, Florida

"Career Development Strategies for Marginalized Groups"

NCDA’s Board of Directors is excited to welcome you back to the first in-person NCDA event since the Feb. 2020. NCDA will continue to monitor the pandemic closely and make adjustments as needed. We will follow recommended CDC guidelines and will provide updates prior to the in-person event.   


Looking for the 2021 Fall Virtual CPI? See 2021 details below.


2022 Spring Career Practitioner Institute Registration - closed


Registration Fees
Career Practitioner Institute:  
Member Rate $175
Student/New Professional/Retired $175
Non-Member $225
Professional Development Institutes:  
Member/Student/New Professional/Retired/Non-Member $75


CPI At-a-Glance

IN-PERSON. All times listed are Eastern.
This CPI will not be available in a Virtual Format.

Time Event
  Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) - 4 hour workshop - 4 CEs
  Career Practitioner Institute - 7 CEs for attendance at the CPI


Continuing Education 

Seven (7) Continuing Education hours are available. Four (4) CEs are available for each PDI attended on Feb. 24. Please note PDIs requiring additional registration.

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NCDA's Credentialing Commission has approved the CPI according to the Continuing Education Manual

NCDA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #1003.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.


After the event, NCDA will send participants an electronic link to the evaluation form. After completion of the evaluation, the system will direct you to your online membership record where your continuing education transcript can be printed.



2021 Fall Virtual Career Practitioner Institute 

 Access to the platform is available until February 15, 2022.


2021 CPI Keynote Presentations

The Future of Work
The global pandemic has accelerated the need for automation, e-commerce, and remote workers. Changes in the workforce and skills gaps in many industries has further created the need for new technology and pivoting to address unique challenges.  This session will highlight the Future of Work and explore techniques and strategies for career service providers.

Sharon Givens, NCDA President, Visions Counseling and Career Center; Diandra Prescod, NCDA Board Member, University of Connecticut; Yvonne Thayer, VESTED Educational Development; Andrew Knoblich, City of Charlotte; Charles Lehman, NCDA Board Member


NCDA Sponsored Harris Poll on the Perceptions of Career Development from Working America 
The National Career Development Association (NCDA) commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a National Survey of Career Development from Working America. The poll assessed the perceptions of today’s workforce on the effectiveness of career counselors, the need for expanded workforce training opportunities and the hardships implicit in selecting, changing, or getting a job in the current economic climate. Learn about the data and implications for NCDA and its members.

Sharon Givens, NCDA President, Visions Counseling and Career Center; Spencer Niles, College of William & Mary; Patrick Akos, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


All presentations listed are now available on-demand until February 15, 2022


Transforming Education to Prepare Students for Work 
To prepare students for work, we must create and embrace a new paradigm designed to engage ALL students and better prepare them for career success.  The Coalition for Career Development Center, an industry-led nonprofit think tank was created with a commitment to making career readiness the first priority of American education and dedicated to transforming career development through priorities including education reform, research initiatives, stakeholder engagement and more.  This session will share 1) what is needed to have in place a more cohesive, flexible, and responsive career preparation ecosystem, 2) how to draw upon and leverage today’s systems’ greatest assets and push for new models of collaboration, and 3) promote learner-centric design and delivery, with funding and accountability that creates the right incentives and supports.

Jan B. Bray, Coalition for Career Development Center

Practical Career Development Resources: A Tour of the New NCDA Website of the Future
How easy is it to integrate practical resources into daily work? NCDA offers practical resources that can assist you in inspiring and empowering your clients/students. The only problem might be identifying these resources when you most need them. Here is your expert guide to NCDA resources, specifically the newly updated NCDA website, with loads of hints on how to apply these in your daily work.

Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Web Editor

The Future of Your Work (and Your Career) Begins at Four Decision Points
This session looks at changes in how work is done, what is required to be employed, and the decisions all workers must make throughout their careers during the digital transformation we are experiencing and changes in the social contract between employers and workers. Four decision points will be examined: (1) What do I want to do (at any age/stage), (2) What kind of training do I need, (3) Where do I want to live, and (4) Can I achieve financial wellness? The presenter will share findings published in 2021 from five years of research.

Yvonne Thayer, VESTED Educational Development


NCDA Government Relations Committee
This session will highlight the recent NCDA Government Relations (GR) initiatives in 2021 as well as share plans for FY 2022. GR Committee members will share current operational plans, partners, and web resources that members can easily use. The main feature will be hearing from our new liaison from LobbyIT, Andrew Bird and team member, Ashley Solle. GR members will also share current and future state level outreach activities supporting NCDA’s GR initiatives. A Q&A session closes out the session.

Diana Bailey, GR Committee Chair, Charles Lehman, NCDA Board, Richard Hoar, LobbyIT, Ashley Solle, LobbyIT, Steven Myers, Virginia Career Development Association

Are You Interested in Credentials? We Can Help!
Come hear about NCDA’s exciting career credentials. You will learn about 6 possible credentials, how to choose among them, and how you can apply. Thus far over 2300 members have been credentialed and we want you to join in!  You will also learn about Fast Tracks for those with other industry credentials. 

Aaron Leson, NCDA Credentialing Commission

The Future of Federal Employment
The COVID Pivot offered federal agencies new options for “how work gets done.” Agency data reflects overall increased productivity while most federal employees continue to telework. COVID has not diminished federal hiring, and many employees transitioned to other federal jobs. The new administration announced several hiring initiatives as well as a continued hiring response to COVID-19. These initiatives will be explored as well as a short overview of the federal hiring and online interview process.

Karol Taylor, Federal Career Counselor and Program Advisor


Career Clairvoyance: A Hypothesis of the Future of Work and What it Means for Career Practitioners in K-12 Settings
With a variety of emerging technologies, as well as the rapid acceleration of change further hastened by the pandemic, the world of work is evolving at light speed. Some predictions indicate that as many as 25% of jobs in 2025 do not presently exist today.  Given this seemingly exponential change, it is essential for career practitioners in K-12 education setting to keep abreast of current industry trends, workforce and training needs, as well as a myriad of technological advancements. Through this session, the presenters will offer practical tools and concepts to enhance traditional educational strategies and deliver forward-thinking career interventions that promote equitable career development opportunities for all students.

Steven Myers, Virginia Career Development Association and Andrew Knoblich, City of Charlotte


Operationalizing Equity: Developing a Diversity Scorecard for Employers
When working with marginalized student populations most organizations struggle. Many times, in employer relations at campus career centers, an organization/employer speaks to diversity, but their organizational culture may still be homogenous in terms of race and gender. We have an opportunity to build relationships with students and organizations within their industry areas of interest and gain an understanding about the practices of diversity and inclusion within a professional workplace environment. This presentation will provide a platform for how to create a meaningful DEI Scorecard for your Employer Relations team. The session is designed to show how Career Centers can build a customized process to improve recruitment and retention with their employer partners, and how Employer Relations Professionals can improve recruitment and retention for BIPOC students through a customized Employer DEI Scorecard and Analytics.

Roderick Lewis, UNC Chapel Hill and Tierney Bates, UNC Chapel Hill