NCDA Facilitating Career Development Training

NCDA Facilitating Career Development Training provides individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work.

Established in 1913, NCDA is the premier provider of professional development in the career field. With a nationwide system of instructors, NCDA has prepared over 25,000 Career Services Providers and Facilitators for inter/national certification.



TEC Seeking Applicants for OPEN Positions

The TEC is currently accepting applications for open positions on the NCDA Training and Education Council. All applications must be date stamped by midnight Eastern on March 23, 2020. Please download and complete the application as requested. Applications should be submitted to Mary Ann Powell. All questions can be directed to Mary Ann Powell.

2020 TEC Application Form


Eligible applicants include those who have completed the program related to the open position, such as the NCDA Facilitating Career Development (FCD) Training Program; NCDA FCD Instructor Training Program; FCD Master Trainer Training Program; School Career Development (SCDA) Advisor Training Program; SCDA Instructor Training Program; or Clinical Supervision for Career Counselors and Other Practitioners Training Program.


*International Applicants Please Note: Because of NCDA’s non-profit status and limited funds, those outside of the US may apply, but if selected, airfare will only be reimbursed for the highest domestic airfare among the TEC members.  No extra nights of lodging are allowable. The remaining costs will be at the TEC member’s expense.

FCD Instructor Webinar Series - NEW WEBINAR AVAILABLE!

Best Practices in Chapter 1 - Helping Skills
Thursday, April 30, 2020; 2:00 pm Eastern; 1:00 pm Central; 12:00 noon Mountain; 11:00 am Pacific

Online Registration NOW Open!

This webinar will be interactive and led by facilitators introducing the key talking points "best practices" for Chapter 1 of the NCDA Facilitating Career Development Student Manual. Facilitators will include "best practices" submitted from FCD instructors prior to the webinar. Participants are encouraged to bring their own "best practices". Presenters anticipate favorite activities to include: activities in the student manual, YouTube videos, TEDTalks, and/or any activities you have created or found to work well. Interactive and sharing experiences and expertise will benefit all participants.

Facilitators are from the NCDA Training and Education Council
Mark Danaher, CCSP, GCDF, FCD Master Trainer since 2006. Owner of Careers By Design
Jim Peacock, CCSP, GCDF, NCDA FCD Instructor since 2001. Owner of Peak-Careers Consulting

What is a Career Services Provider?

A Career Services Provider, formerly called a Career Development Facilitator, is a person who has completed the Facilitating Career Development Training Program (formerly called the Career Development Facilitator Training Program) and works in any career development setting or who incorporates career development information or skills in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public. A Career Services Provider has received in-depth training in the areas of career development in the form of up to 120+ class/instructional hours, provided by a nationally trained and qualified instructor.

This title designates individuals working in a variety of career development settings. A Career Services Provider may serve as a career group facilitator, job search trainer, career resource center coordinator, career coach, career development case manager, intake interviewer, occupational and labor market information resource person, human resource career development coordinator, employment/placement specialist, or workforce development staff person.

The counseling profession has made great progress in defining professional counseling and career counseling. However, several professional groups recognized that many individuals who are currently providing career assistance are not professional counselors. The Facilitating Career Development training program was developed to provide standards, training specifications, and CCSP and GCDF credentialing opportunities for these career providers. The goal was to define and differentiate two levels of career practice.

What is a CCSP - Certified Career Services Provider?

The CCSP is one of the new credentials available through the NCDA Credentialing Commission. Individuals who have completed the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program are eligible to apply for this competency-based credential. To learn more about this exciting credential and other new credentials available please visit 

Why Should I Consider Facilitating Career Development Training?

Facilitating Career Development training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development setting.

As a participant, you will receive training in each of the 12 career development competencies. The training models hands-on and interactive teaching methods and provides opportunities to interact with colleagues from a variety of work settings. Since the course content covers 12 important competencies, there is plenty of opportunity to build skills and knowledge in areas that are new to you, as well as enhance and develop those that you use every day in your work.

What Will I Learn?

  • Career resources and labor market information
  • Career planning processes
  • Basic helping and facilitation skills
  • Career development models and theories
  • Informal and formal assessment approaches and validity research
  • Diversity and specific population needs
  • Development and continuous improvement of an effective career resource center
  • Training others and program promotion
  • Case management and referral skills
  • Ethical and scope-of-practice issues
  • Professional and resource portfolios
  • Cutting-edge job searching
  • and more . . .!


How Can I Get the Facilitating Career Development Training?

NCDA's Facilitating Career Development Training is available in two modes of delivery. Individuals can attend traditional face-to-face classroom training or participate in the eLearning mode of delivery. Most instructors conduct a hybrid course utilizing face-to-face instruction with some online course work. Facilitating Career Development instructors have an extensive background in career counseling or planning and all of the Career Development Competencies. In addition, they have worked, taught, or trained in a variety of settings. Please visit the Training Calendar for a list of Facilitating Career Development classes.  If you are considering being an eLearning student, take this brief self-assessment.

List of Career Development Competencies


History of the Program



For questions or assistance with the Facilitating Career Development Program please contact the Program Director: Mary Ann Powell or phone (918) 663-7060.