How to Apply

Computer UseWhen applying, you will first fill out a form on the NCDA website and submit your payment. Then you will be directed to the online application. You will need to:

  1. Read the full description, all FAQs and the Study Guide (if available) before applying for the credential of your choice.

  2. Create a new account with the credentialing system - do not use your NCDA login.

Please watch your email for instructions/confirmation. Questions regarding applying, the process of receiving case studies, or status of the application may be directed to The NCDA headquarters office is closed on Fridays.


Three costs are involved in being credentialed (and one optional cost):


1. Application fees:

  • $100.00 for the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP)

  • $175.00 for all other credentials

    (application fees are non-refundable)

2. Annual Maintenance fee:

There is a $40.00 annual maintenance fee at the end of the first, second, and third years. Then the credential holder must be recertified. A late fee of $35.00 will be charged for not maintaining a credential in a timely manner. Recertification will be automatic if fees are paid annually and sufficient clock hours have been earned.

3. Continuing Education requirements:

Credential holders are required to obtain qualified continuing education. These are available in a variety of ways and costs. Please view the Credentialing Commission's  Continuing Education Manual.


Optional Fee - for NCDA members only:

If you have received a NCDA Credential through the NCDA Credentialing Commission, you are eligible to market your services on the NCDA "Need Career Help" section of the website. This is optional and costs $50/annually. Your name, email and website will be listed in our online directory along with your credential title.  Website visitors may search and then contact you to get career help. Sign up when you receive your welcome email or maintenance notice.


How Does this Compare to Other Prices?

Career Credential Pricing - How do we stack up

For more information, view the Credentialing Comparison Chart