National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Last Updated: Spring 2023

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The National Career Development Association (formerly known as the National Vocational Guidance Association or NVGA) was founded in 1913. In 1985,  it was named the National Career Development Association (NCDA). The association develops standards for the career development profession, the provision of career counseling programs and services, and the evaluation of career information materials. NCDA works with licensing and credentialing bodies to support the preparation and recognition of career counselors and career development practitioners. NCDA also sets ethical standards for the career development profession including guidelines for the provision of career services on the Internet. NCDA is a founding Division of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and collaborates with ACA to jointly represent the interests of counselors in Congress and in the national legislative process. NCDA promotes global sharing of workforce policy and practices and supports and reports on research in the field of career development.

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