Becoming an Instructor

Qualifications to Become an NCDA Instructor

The SIX qualifications needed to be accepted for an NCDA Instructor Certification Workshop are:

1.  Career Development Expertise

Must fulfill ONE of the following categories:

Master's or Doctoral degree in Counseling with

  • Coursework in career development, vocational assessment AND
  • Practicum/internship with major career emphasis AND
  • Minimum of 3 years of career development experience (teaching, training, materials development or practice) OR
  • Minimum of 3 years of delivery of career development services (working with individuals or groups to assist them with career planning and seeking employment)

OR
Master's degree in a field such as Human Resource Development, Psychology or Education with

  • 5 years experience in career development or delivery of career development services
  • Recent continuing education related to career development
  • Presentations and/or published books/training materials related to career development

OR
Bachelor's degree in a field such as Human Resource Development, Psychology or Education with

  • 5 years experience in career development or delivery of career development services
  • Recent continuing education in career development
  • Presentations and/or published books/training materials related to career development

2.  Training Expertise

Must fulfill ONE of the following categories:

  • Has a minimum of 3 years experience teaching/training adults AND
  • Has taught career-related counselor education courses at the college or university level OR
  • Has taught career development courses at the college or university level OR
  • Has conducted broad,in-depth, career development staff training within a corporate, school, or government setting.

3. eLearning Skills and Experience

All Instructors will receive training in the delivery of the curriculum via eLearning. It is critical that instructor applicants have the basic skills and equipment listed below.

Required Computer Equipment (own oor have regular access to:)

  • A DVD drive (The current eLearning DVD is only PC Compatible)
  • Stable, secure and fast Internet access
  • A secure, protected firewall and secure backup system
  • Own email account
  • Audio capability
  • Printer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download)
  • Windows Media or Real Player
  • Word processing program (MS Word preferred)
  • Sufficient Memory (256MB Ram or more)
  • MS Windows version 98 or higher

Required Technical Skills

  • Effectively navigate the Internet
  • Understand terms such as mouse, drag, open, select, file, choose, double click, download, upload, send, etc.
  • Send, open, reply to, forward, and attach an email message
  • Word process documents
  • Demonstrate confidence in technology troubleshooting abilities or have access to technology support

4. Credentials/Memberships

  • Has licenses/certifications related to counseling, career counseling and career development
  • Has memberships and/or leadership experiences in professional associations involved in counseling, career development and/or training
  • Holds a GCDF credential

5. Professional Contributions

  • Has done presentations at conferences/conventions and written publications related to career development or education/training
  • Has developed materials (client, program, training materials, journal articles)

6.  Commitment

  • A statement of exactly how you will use the training to develop and deliver a program to train OR
  • a letter from an administrator or manager supporting applicant's plan for training

If you do not meet the above qualifications, please contact a current Master Trainer to discuss your qualifications.
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