Membership Categories

Special Designations

NCDA has three special membership designations that recognize NCDA's career professionals with the highest professional experience and education:

  1. The Master Career Counselor (MCC) is designed to recognize individuals who can provide a full range of career services, including assessment, to consumers.  They hold master's degrees in counseling or related fields and also possess related credentials such as the NCCC, NCC, state LPC, RPCC or licensed psychologist. These professionals are carefully screened to ensure that their level of expertise meets six or more of the NCDA counseling competencies.
  2. The Master Career Development Professional (MCDP) is designed to recognize experienced members who provide specialized career development services. MCDP's may include career development facilitators, career technicians, resume writers, employment agency professionals, career coaches, career management professionals and workforce development professionals. The degrees, licenses, and levels of supervision of these professionals may vary.
  3. The Fellow designation is awarded to members with years of professional distinction within NCDA. It is considered an honor to be awarded this designation. A limited number of applicants are chosen each year.

HOW TO OBTAIN SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS:

Please note carefully the required application, supporting documents, (and schedule for acceptance for Fellows only) of these prestigious designations. Once a special membership category is awarded, recipients

  • must maintain membership in NCDA. If membership lapses, a reapplication process will be required.
  • may be listed on the website under "Find a Career Counselor".  This searchable database is helpful for consumers, and only costs the recipient a small fee.

Questions about the Fellows application? Contact dpennington@ncda.org. Questions regarding the MCC or MCDP designation? Contact mpowell@ncda.org

Fellow

The term 'Fellow' is a person of professional distinction within an academic institution or society. A Fellow is conferred to recognize outstanding and substantial contributions in science, teaching and training, practice, service, policy development, and political action. It is considered an honor to be awarded this distinction. Minimum requirements listed include:

  • Five years of professional membership in NCDA.
  • Master's degree or higher in counseling or closely related field from a college or university that was accredited when the degree was awarded by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation.
  • Five years of post-master's experience in career counseling and development.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate achievement in TWO or more of the following areas:

  • Major and significant contributions on career development theory or practice as demonstrated by national and/or international recognition.
  • Providing strong and sustained leadership in the career counseling and development profession.
  • Engaged in education and training, practice, or research in career counseling and development.
  • Sustained commitment to career counseling and development through research, theory, practice, or leadership.

Click here for the Fellow Application.

To see a list of NCDA Fellows, CLICK HERE.

Fellow Application Schedule
August 1 - October 31 Applications for Fellows are accepted
October 31 - Dec 31 Applications are reviewed
January Board of Directors Meetings: Board reviews applications and approves qualified applicants
January 31 All applicants are notified of acceptance/denial
Annual Conference Awards Luncheon Fellows are announce

Master Career Counselor (MCC)

NCDA members who hold a master's degree in counseling or related field may apply for the MCC category. NCDA members may apply for MCC throughout the year. Minimum requirements include:

  • Two year membership in NCDA (either professional or regular membership). This may be paid in advance to expedite the application process.
  • Master's degree or higher in counseling or closely related field from a college or university that was accredited when the degree was awarded by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation.
  • Three years of post-master's experience in career counseling.
  • Possess and maintain the NCC, state LPCC, RPCC, or licensed psychologist credential.
  • Successfully completed at least three credits of coursework in each of the six NCDA Competency areas: Career Development Theory, Individual/Group Counseling Skills, Individual/Group Assessment, Information/Resources, Diverse Populations, Ethical/Legal Issues.
  • Successfully completed supervised career counseling practicum or two years of supervised career counseling work experience under a certified supervisor or licensed counseling professional.
  • Document that at least half of the current full-time work activities are directly career counseling related.

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Master Career Development Professional (MCDP)

NCDA members who are involved in the career development service field may apply for the MCDP category. NCDA members may apply for MCDP throughout the year. Minimum requirements include:

  • Two year membership in NCDA (either professional or regular membership). This may be paid in advance to expedite the application process.
  • Master's degree or higher in counseling or closely related field.
  • Three years of post-master's career development experience in training, teaching, program development, or materials development.
  • Document that at least half of the current full-time work activities are directly career development related.

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Supporting Documents

Each application for a special membership category must include supporting documents as follows:

Fellow (See above schedule.)

  • Application (contact Deneen Pennington).
  • Resume/Vita
  • Documents supporting how Fellow criteria have been met
  • Three letters of reference

(Eminent Career Award Winners are not required to send any supporting documents; only a completed application is required.)

Master Career Counselor (MCC) and Master Career Development Professional (MCDP) Supporting Documents

Members who hold the NCCC are automatically qualified for the MCC category. Supporting documents are not required; only a completed application, application fee, and copy of the NCCC Certificate are required.

Once the MCC or MCDP category is awarded, recipients must maintain regular or professional in NCDA and complete 20 hours of continuing education through an NBCC or state licensure board approved provider during the period of five years. After five years, a renewal notice will be sent and a renewal fee will be accessed. The NCDA Board of Directors will set the fee annually. If membership lapses during the five years, a reapplication process will be required.

* Renewals:
Simply complete the Renewal Form and CE Reporting Form.  You can fax or mail to: NCDA Headquarters, 305 North Beech Circle, Broken Arrow, OK, 74012; or Fax 918.663.7058.

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* The Special Membership Designations are described on the left and require the member to submit an application and supporting documents showing achievement of numerous criteria.  Only these members can be listed on the website under "Find a Counselor" (a searchable database available to consumers).

 

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