Education, Certifications & Credentials



Colorado State University at Fort Collins: Master's Degree, Counseling & Career Development

Other Career Counseling Degree Programs: CACREP Accredited Career Counseling Programs



Certifications vary widely according to the level of professionalism, content, and depth of the program. Before enrolling, check with practitioners in the field regarding the program's reputation and also with students who have completed the training. You can also look at allied fields, such as organizational development/psychology, school counseling, and vocational counseling for relevant training.  Listed below are a few of the programs:


National Career Development Association: Career Development Facilitator (CDF)

Center for Credentialing & Education: Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

University of Central Florida: Career Counseling Certificate (On-line)

Conestoga, Ontario, Canada: Post-Graduate Career Development Practitioner (Distance Learning)

Career Coaching Certifications:

Career Coach Academy (ACSTH program certified by ICF)

Career Coach Institute (ACSTH program certified by ICF)

Resume Writer National Certification Organizations:

Career Directors International (CDI)
Career Management Alliance (CMA)
National Resume Writers Association (NARW)

Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW-CC) 



National Career Development Association (NCDA)

  • Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) - for individuals from an array of backgrounds, who deliver services and demonstrate core competency in the field of career services. Completion of the Facilitating Career Development training program is required before applying. 

  • Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS)  recognizes the contributions of professionals who have mastered a variety of coaching, advising, consulting roles in the field of career services.

  • Certified Career Counselor (CCC) – the new standard of professional excellence for individuals trained as counselors, who specialize in the delivery of career counseling services.

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling (CCSCC) recognizes the contributions of individuals who serve as clinical supervisors to career counselors and other practitioners who provide career services.

  • Certified Career Counselor Educator (CCCE) recognizes the contributions of individuals whose primary focus is on the training of new counselors who will specialize in the field of career counseling.

  • Certified School Career Development Advisor (CSCDA) - for providers who work with other staff in the K-12 sector to coordinate the design, implementation, and monitoring of school and community based efforts to improve the chances of students entering the job market with skills, knowledge, and credentials to be competitive.

Colorado Career Development Association

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