Annual Conference FAQs

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  1. Who might be attending this annual conference?
  2. How do I receive NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Clock Hours for this conference? Will I receive a certificate?
  3. How many Continuing Education Clock Hours are given for attending the full conference?
  4. How can I feel a part of the conference if I am not attending?
  5. 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?
  6. I love conferences, but hate sitting all day! What are my options for the most movement?
  7. I am thinking about joining NCDA and attending the conference. How can I learn more about NCDA?
  8. I'm a nursing mom. Is there a private room available for my use during the conference?
  9. Will I receive a Conference Attendee Directory?
  10. 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.


How do I receive Continuing Education Clock Hours for this conference? Will I receive a certificate?

An email will be 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. Then you 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.   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?
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- and post-conference workshops.


How can I feel a part of the conference if I am not attending?
Follow us on Twitter! Post on Facebook and LinkedIn. Again use our conference hashtag, #NCDAPhoenix2018. 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.


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?

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. Since the two of you 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 sites 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 Cyber Showcase. Volunteers will be available to demonstrate NCDA online services, the conference app and answer questions. 


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. 


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" (only available until December) 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 mpowell@ncda.org.  Or, use the Comment box below!

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Joyce W. Fields on Monday 01/23/2017 at 12:22PM wrote:

Who is considered a "new professional"?

Melanie Reinersman on Monday 01/23/2017 at 01:17PM wrote:

New Professionals are those graduates in their first year of employment in the career development field. New Professionals may also be anyone new to NCDA regardless of their employment history. New Professionals are offered reduced membership dues for a limit of one-year.

Brandy Hufford on Wednesday 02/22/2017 at 02:37PM wrote:

Is this an appropriate conference for secondary school counselors?

Melanie Reinersman on Thursday 02/23/2017 at 01:18PM wrote:

Yes, the conference is appropriate for high school counselors. You can look at the Agenda (Click on Presentations) and see several sessions. You may also wish to attend the School Counselor's Constituency Group meeting. And, if possible, try to connect with Mark Danaher (NCDA President 2015-16) who worked in a high school for many years.
Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website Editor

Linda Houser-Marko on Tuesday 09/12/2017 at 03:26PM wrote:

How can I look at a Conference program from a previous year?

I am interested in doing a Career Talk, but want to make sure the topic would be suitable.


Melanie Reinersman on Wednesday 09/13/2017 at 12:44PM wrote:

Conference Program books from 2009 to present are linked under Members Only Resources. You must be logged in to access these. Or, the NCDA conference app, houses conference information from 2014 to the present. Anyone can download the app. If you still have questions, you may contact the NCDA President Paul Timmins, or the NCDA Conference Director, Mary Ann Powell.

Liz Mills on Thursday 01/25/2018 at 12:49PM wrote:

Would this be an appropriate conference for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and would the CEs be approved for the CRC certification?

Melanie Reinersman on Friday 01/26/2018 at 11:32AM wrote:

This conference has not been submitted nor approved by voc rehab for CRC. We have done this in the past and it was always approved but the approval process has gotten more expensive in the recent years.
Voc Rehab counselors will find valuable presentations. You can look at the Conference Agenda and click on Presentations to see what's being offered. For example, "Emotional Freedom Technique: A Practical Tool for Reducing Negative Emotions About Career Transition and Job Search" is presented by someone with 24 years experience in voc rehab. Also note "I Think I Can: Factors Influencing Students with Disabilities Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy".

Edna Joseph on Tuesday 02/13/2018 at 12:54AM wrote:

Am wondering if invitation letter will be given to non American citizen living outside USA who may want to attend the conference. Is there any arrangement and plans for those who may want to attend from outside of USA?

Edna Joseph on Tuesday 02/13/2018 at 04:10AM wrote:

Please, what are the requirements to becoming a member of NCDA, and is there any qualification?

Melanie Reinersman on Tuesday 02/13/2018 at 10:07AM wrote:

International guests are welcome at the conference. We frequently have many international participants from numerous other countries! On your registration form, mark that you would like to be paired with an International Ambassador.

Melanie Reinersman on Tuesday 02/13/2018 at 10:10AM wrote:

Membership information can be found on the website under the Membership tab. Most people become members when attending the conference to enjoy the discount. Membership benefits and costs are also described on the website.

Riky Hanlan on Thursday 03/29/2018 at 11:23AM wrote:

Some other conference I have attended have allow non-walking nursing babies. What is the policy on young babies attending with a parent?

Melanie Reinersman on Friday 03/30/2018 at 11:11AM wrote:

We have a lactation room for nursing mothers. We do not have a policy regarding attendance of young babies. Please use your discretion and be aware that you may need to leave a session if the baby is disruptive to others.

Megan Davis on Thursday 04/19/2018 at 01:11PM wrote:

I run the career center on my middle school campus, would there be anything for me at this conference?

Celeste Hall on Friday 04/20/2018 at 04:36PM wrote:

There are numerous sessions that should be of interest to K-12 school counselors and career specialists including middle school career specialists at the NCDA Conference. Sessions that focus on general career development topics as well as those focused on school topics will be presented. When I searched with this in mind, I found 20 applicable sessions.

Stephanie Ableiter on Friday 06/08/2018 at 07:20PM wrote:

What is the building name and address where the conference will be held?

Melanie Reinersman on Thursday 06/14/2018 at 08:25AM wrote:

The conference is at the
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North Second Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
and some events take place at the Phoenix Convention Center (which is right next to the Hyatt - easy walking distance!).
The conference app has a great maps feature to make it easy to find the location of each session.

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