Career Information Resources
Several institutions offer graduate level career counseling degree programs which meet the highest standards for professional preparation and program excellence.
Review a collection of links to local, state, and national career and labor market information sites.
Contact Point is a Canadian built multi-sector on-line community for career development professionals worldwide. They offer extensive resources, networking capabilities, and an array of learning links for career development professionals.
The NCDG is a career knowledge, skills, and decision-making framework. Use these guidelines to identify activities and strategies for developing high-quality career programs.
NCDA members may use these forms as a starting point when developing professional forms for use in all career development settings.
Career Assessment Instruments
The Alliance of Career Resource Professionals (ACRP— formerly ACSCI) developed this tool to help career development professionals compare career products and services before purchasing. This new tool's writable electronic format enables the user to compare products by applying ACRP standards constructs to key components of career information products and services. ACRP’s intent is to assist counselors, administrators and others tasked with comparing systems that are often complex and organized in different ways.
The 6th edition of this text, edited by Danica Hays & Chris Wood, maintains the key features of previous editions with reviews of instruments and chapters by leading experts in the field. The updated edition has over 70 reviews and now includes qualitative/alternative approaches to standardized assessments. Chapters cover topics such as multicultural considerations in career assessment, selecting a career assessment, and career assessment standards and competencies for practitioners. A useful matrix provides a useful cross-reference to search for instruments based on the purpose of the instruments and the population best to use it.
Obtain information on commonly used instruments from Florida State University's Tech Center's virtual "filing cabinet" of career information resources.
Links to the Eric Clearinghouse, where you can search for and read articles by assessment title, author or assessment description. Type author Jerome Kapes in the Search Term field, for example.
Professional Development Opportunities
Access a directory of CACREP-accredited counselor preparation programs. Programs with career counseling focus are designated with the 'CrC' code.
Learn more about the National Certified Counselor certification, as well as three other specialty certifications.
Learn more about this premiere conference for career development professionals.
This list of opportunities for professional development and continuing education provides detailed information for online, at-home, and national opportunities.
Read articles covering best practices, how-to details, career tips, and book reviews in NCDA's web magazine.
NCDA's official journal with articles covering career counseling, work and leisure, career education, coaching, and management.
A quarterly publication of NCDA for members, this print magazine is a themed publication offering articles that balance a broad vision with practical applications. Each issue offers a focused article on a select theme, a feature article on a prominent NCDA event, specific content for four departments (including School Counselors, Professional Counselors, Graduate Students, and Career Development Facilitators), and four regular columns.
Use this database, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, to find materials on the topic of career development. Just type your topic of interest in the Search Term: field.
Vistas is a collection of conference proceedings from past ACA, NCDA, and ACES Conferences. To view the publications, you must be an ACA member.
Aimed at counseling professionals whose focus is fostering student development in higher education settings.
Learn more about NCDA's parent organization for professional counselors. ACA also includes the following related divisions:
Learn more about this organization, which focuses on enhancing school counseling programs and researching effective counseling practices. Offers a Professional Interest Network covering career development issues.
The Career Development Specialists Network (CDSN) was founded in 1978 as a forum for professional Career Counselors to share knowledge and expertise about career development theory and practice.
See the resources offered by NACADA, which focuses on promoting quality academic advising and student development in higher education settings.
Find out how to access technical information collected for career practitioners on college campuses.
Offers professional leadership to people who counsel in an employment service or career development setting.
Find out about more about Division (17) of the APA whose mission is to promote research, teaching, practice, and public interest in vocational psychology and career interventions.