Membership Question?

If you have a question about Membership, please contact NCDA Headquarters by calling, toll-free 1-866-FOR-NCDA. Or email Natalie Scrimsher, Membership Director, at Your membership profile is available when you Login (located at the top left side of each webpage).


Numerous benefits are listed below.  See the left sidebar to click on links to Categories & Designations and the Join/Renew Form.

  • 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.
  • Career Convergence, NCDA's web magazine offers new articles each month for career development practitioners working in a variety of work settings.
  • 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.
  • Professional Development Institutes provide opportunities for continuing education at the annual conference and occasionally at state and regional locations. Other Professional Development opportunities are listed on the website, including the exclusive Leadership Academy and online Job listings (for members only).
  • Liability Insurance is available to NCDA members whose practice is limited to career services through the ACA Insurance Trust. 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 applying for the Special Membership Designations. These designations include the Career Counselor, Master Career Counselor (MCC), Career Specialist, Master Career Specialist (MCS), and NCDA Scholar.
  • 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.
  • Multicultural Career Resource List. The Committee on Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion developed a comprehensive list of diversity career resources for members.  This is a consolidated a list of over 150 resources, organized by population, including resources for ethnic minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, LGBT, as well as general multicultural career topics and workplace diversity. It is available to members upon Login.
  • Partnerships:

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    • 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 members may received discounts on conference rates from such events as Cannexus. Watch your email or the website for these partnership benefits.

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

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