Annual Conference FAQs
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- Who might be attending this annual conference?
- How do I receive NCDA-Approved or NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Clock Hours for this conference? Will I receive a certificate?
- How many Continuing Education Clock Hours are given for attending the full conference?
- Where can I read the session descriptions, since they are not included in the Program Book?
- How can I feel a part of the conference if I am not attending?
- It has been several years since I last attended an NCDA conference and it is my colleague's first time. How will we know what to do?
- I love conferences, but hate sitting all day! What are my options for the most movement?
- I am thinking about joining NCDA and attending the conference. How can I learn more about NCDA?
- I'm a nursing mom. Is there a private room available for my use during the conference?
- Will I receive a Conference Attendee Directory?
- Additional conference questions?
Who might be attending this annual conference?
Over 1,200 career development practitioners, facilitators, counselor educators, counselors, specialists, and more participate in the annual conference. Graduate students are very much welcomed and encouraged to attend. NCDA Board members, committee chairpersons, state career development association leaders, and honored award winners are all accessible throughout the activities, sessions, and casual gatherings. It has been described as truly like a “family reunion”! If you are looking for a specific person or need a roommate, check the See Who's Coming page.
View the Program Book for details on how to obtain CEUs. An email will be also sent to you after the conference with complete instructions and necessary forms/links. You must first fill out a form marking each session you attended. After you return that form to us, you will get a link to fill out a survey evaluating each session you attended. Next you can go to the NCDA website, www.ncda.org, click on LOGIN to access your account. Once you’re in your account, find View My CE History. This is where you will see how many CEs you’ve earned for attending the event, as well as how you can print out your certificate if necessary. There is an option to Print My Transcript in the top right hand corner. Members can come to this page anytime in the future to view your CE history and print certificates. (Non-members will be given temporary access.) If you have any trouble, please contact NCDA Headquarters: (918) 663-7060, 1-866-FOR-NCDA (1-866-367-6232). See more under Conference CEUs
How many Continuing Education Hours are given for attending the full conference?
The NCDA conference fully supports the NCDA Credentialing Commission's requirements for continuing education. NCDA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the program book. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This conference offers up to 12 contact hours. Additional contact hours can be obtained by attending the pre-conference workshops.
Where can I read the session descriptions since they are not included in the Program Book?
The Conference App includes full session descriptions and the most current schedule. It is an excellent way to electronically schedule your conference sessions, network with other conference attendees, find out more about conference presenters, download handouts and much more. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the App free. Just search NCDA. Or get the desktop version at https://event.crowdcompass.com/ncda2019
How can I feel a part of the conference if I am not attending?
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Use our conference hashtag, #NCDAHouston. You can follow discussions regarding conference presentations, ask questions of presenters, tweet ideas for participants, or read about the good things coming. Don't forget to continue reading Career Convergence for articles covering conference topics and written by conference presenters.
Take time to review the online agenda now and read the entire Program Book before arriving. Review the article "How to Make the Most of Your NCDA Conference Experience". Once you arrive at the hotel, go to the Conference Registration Desk to receive your materials. There you will find friendly NCDA faces that will be happy to answer your questions. We recommend you attend the First-Timers session. If two colleagues are attending, it is helpful to decide who will catch which sessions, then exchange notes at the end of the day. Be sure to have fun at the Welcome Reception & Party, and there are certainly many exciting sights to see in the city!
I love conferences, but hate sitting all day! What are my options for the most movement?
Attend Roundtable sessions, which involve moving to a new table after 30 minutes. Stop by the hotel Concierge Desk for information on the local area. And finally, walk the Exhibit Hall! With so many booths to visit, you will get plenty of exercise!
I am thinking about joining NCDA and attending the conference. How can I learn more about NCDA?
You are welcome to browse our website at any time or contact NCDA headquarters toll-free at 866-367-6232 to ask questions. You can join NCDA and take advantage of the membership discounts available for conference registration and career resources! While at the conference, be sure to attend the First Timer's Meeting, Committee Meetings and the annual Membership Meeting. The program book you receive will include the Presidential overview of the year, a report on NCDA membership (including membership by region, work setting, occupation, and more), the Treasurer's report, and the slate of candidates for the upcoming election.
Additional questions about NCDA can be answered by visiting the NCDA Showcase in the Exhibit Hall. Volunteers will be available to demonstrate NCDA online services, the conference app and answer questions.
More details about NCDA are on the website which is demonstrated during the conference presentation, "Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators" - presented by the NCDA Website Editor.
I'm a nursing mom. Is there a private room available for my use during the conference?
Yes, there will be a lactation room available for use by nursing mothers. The room will be located in a quiet part of the meeting space for your privacy. (See the Program Book Agenda for location.)
Will I receive a Conference Attendee Directory?
In the past, a list of attendees was emailed to all conference participants after the conference. Beginning in 2018, the only access to such a list will be via the search function, "See Who's Registered" or via your conference app. This change protects all participants from inappropriate mass marketing.
Additional conference questions can be directed to the Conference Director, Mary Ann Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, use the Comment box below!