What Is a Career Practitioner Institute?

NCDA offers these smaller, regional conferences for the purpose of

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

What Are Participants Saying about NCDA Career Practitioner Institutes?

  • "I enjoyed everything! Networking was terrific! Speakers were excellent! Location was wonderful. Being able to obtain 13 CEU's in 2 days while having fun, too!"
  • "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."

NBCC ACEPNational Career Development Association (NCDA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2015.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.
NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.




Mark Your Calendars for upcoming Career Practitioner Institutes:

February 9, 2018 - Charleston, SC  (PDIs on February 8)


October 26, 2018 - Portland, Oregon (PDIs on October 25)


 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

February 8-9, 2018
The Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

Please check back for the specific agenda for the Charleston Institute. For information on our typical Institutes, please download the 2017 Long Beach - Program Book.



Institute Registration:

 Register Now

NCDA Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $120
Non-Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $170
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI) Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 per PDI

Cancellations received in writing prior to January 29, 2018 will be subject to a $50 (US funds) processing fee. Due to costs NCDA incurs, NO refunds will be given after this date. If paying via purchase order, your organization will be required to fulfill the purchase order. Refunds will not be given for no-shows after the Institute.


CPI Location:

The Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Group Rate: $149 plus tax
Group Name: National Career Development Association

Reservation must be made no later than January 7, 2018 to get the NCDA price. Rooms are limited.




Thursday, February 8, 2018

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) - optional (for an additional fee); 4 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CE)

8:00 am - 12:00 pm   PDI #1

12:00 - 1:30 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

1:30 am - 5:30 pm     PDI #2

Friday, February 9, 2018

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening General Session 

10:00 - 11:10 am  Presentation Series I (three presentations per series)

11:25 am - 12:35 pm  Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)

12:35 - 1:45 pm  Welcome Lunch

1:45 - 2:55 pm  Presentation III (three presentations per series)

3:10 - 4:00 pm  Closing Session


Continuing Education 

NBCC ACEPNCDA 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 an electronic link to the evaluation.  After completion of the evaluation, the system will direct you to your online membership record where continuing education transcript can be printed. 


Professional Development Institutes 

Optional Pre-Conference Professional Development Institutes (additional fee required to participate); 4 Continuing Education Hours

 Thursday, February 8, 2018; 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

PDI #1: Details Coming Shortly

Thursday, February 8, 2018; 1:30 - 5:30 pm

PDI #2: Details Coming Shortly



Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 9, 2018

Opening General Session - 8:30 - 9:45 am

Closing General Session - 3:10 - 4:00 pm 


Presentation Series - Friday, February 9, 2018

Presentation Series I, 10:00 - 11:10 am 


Presentation Series II, 11:25 am - 12:35 pm


Presentation Series III, 1:45 - 2:55 pm



To Download the NCDA app, please visit the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. Search for NCDA. Details for the Charleston CPI will be available in January 2018.