Career Development Related Associations

Career Development Related Associations

Many people ask about the various career development associations available for their professional involvement. I created this listing for those of you who have asked this question. Feel free to use the link for your professional work and share the link with your colleagues. I welcome additions to this list.

Alliance for Career Resource Professionals (ACRP) This group promotes the development, delivery, exchange, and use of career resources by professionals and consumers worldwide by providing standards, professional development, career resources, and member networking opportunities.

American Counseling Association (ACA) The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. ACA is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

American School Counselor Association ASCA) The American School Counselor Association supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career, and social/emotional development so that they can achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Association for Career and Technical Information (ACTE)  The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. It’s mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.

Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI) This is a global organization dedicated to advancing public awareness of the career management profession, as well as promoting the international profile and credibility of its varied membership.

Association for Talent Development (ATD) The Association for Talent Development is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. 

Career Directors International (CDI)  CDI is an association of career professionals including professional resume writers, job developers, recruiters, career coaches, career counselors, assessment specialists, HR professionals, and more.

Career Thought Leaders (CTL)  CTL is a think tank of careers industry leaders learning and collaborating to advance and promote the careers industry. It helps to improve job search, career, and leadership success of careerists around the globe.

Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)  The Center for Credentialing & Education is a not-for-profit organization that provides practitioners and organizations with assessments, business support services and credentialing. Created in 1995 as an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), CCE credentials more than 25,000 practitioners globally in a variety of fields. Maintains the Global Career Development Facilitator and Board Certified Coaches certifications.

Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA)   MACCA is a a regional career counseling organization focused on providing a forum for career counseling professionals in the Middle Atlantic States to enhance the quality of their skills while networking and collaborating with others in the field.

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) The national association advocates for the workforce industry and develops the professional capacity of workforce professionals seeking the highest standards of excellence in credentialing, applied learning opportunities, and cutting edge tools to excel in serving job seekers and business.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)  The organization connects more than 7600 college career services professionals at nearly 2000 colleges and universities and more than 3000 university relations and recruiting professionals, and the business affiliates that serve this community. It is a source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and job market trends.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) NBCC is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization. Its primary purposes are to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors.

National Career Development Association (NCDA) The National Career Development Association (NCDA) provides professional development, publications, standards, and advocacy to practitioners and educators who inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals. 

National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)  NECA is a division of the American Counseling Association and its focus is to implement practical interventions to enhance employability and long-term employment.

The Career Development Network  The Network is an international non-profit association of career practitioners who work with youth and adults in job or career transition.

International Career Development Associations

Asia-Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA) This website provides information on the Career Development field in over fifteen (15) jurisdictions. Several of these jurisdictions have reports and synopsis on the status of Career Development field in their region. Information is provided on many of the key organizations and contact details for further reference.

Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD) The 3CD is a newly incorporated organization that promotes the field of Career Development in Canada. Its mandate includes providing clear and accurate information on the professionalization of Career development, including certification and accreditation of Career Development Professionals across the country.

Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) The CDANZ provides detailed information on the professional standards and practices within the field in New Zealand. It also acts as the voice for the Career Development field in New Zealand providing advice on policy and initiatives linked to Career Development.

Career Development Institute (CDI)  ( This organization from the United Kingdom (UK), which consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is the leading professional body for practitioners working in careers education, guidance and career management. The CDI manages the official register for Career Development Professionals in the UK, which is also referred to as the Professional Register and Register.

Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) The CICA is a pan-Australian organization that consults and collaborates with stakeholders in the field of Career Development to, among other things, promote professional standards and practice within the career industry. 

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG)  IAEVG is an international professional association that advocates for people who need and want educational and vocational guidance and counselling so that they can receive it from a competent and recognized professional.


Janet E. Wall, EdD, CDFI, SMMS, NCDA Fellow, is a career development professional in Arlington, Virginia. She is committed to the continuing education of all career counselors, coaches and specialists by providing online courses and webinars hrough She was the developer of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program for the Department of Defense, and was recently named a Fellow of the National Career Development Association. She is co-author of the Ability Explorer published by JIST.


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