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Professional Development Requirements

The NCED Code of Ethics describes an Educational Diagnostician as a “professional holding an advanced degree with qualifications necessary to select, administer, interpret, and report results of educational assessment procedures for purposes of individual eligibility, program and intervention planning, and progress  monitoring” (p. 1).  Continuing education, growth, and development for NCED certificate holders should revolve around current practices to ensure a professional quality of practice.



NCED holders must earn and document 150 clock hours of professional development activities within a five-year cycle.

PD hours will be submitted electronically at the NCED web site,

All required PD hours must be submitted no later than June 30th after the five-year cycle concludes.

All PD submissions are subject to audit by the NCED Board of Directors.  Renewal documentation should be maintained electronically on a CD/DVD or other electronic format that can be submitted to the Board upon request.

  • Upon completion of the audit, the NCED Board of Directors shall notify NCED Holders who have accumulated the required PD hours of the satisfactory completion of this requirement.
  • Following the audit, any certificate holder who has not satisfied the requirements shall be notified they have 30 calendar days to respond and be in compliance.
  • Failure to be in compliance within 60 days of the NCED Board’s notice will result in revocation of the certificate and removal of the individual’s name from the National Registry (By-Laws 14 B)
  • Individuals who have an extraordinary reason for not completing the hours in the required timeframe should notify the NCED Board Chair and Professional Growth Chair in writing with the reason for a request for an extension before June 30th of the year the PD hours are due. The NCED Board will review the request and notify the NCED holder of the decision.

    Professional development is limited to only those that directly relate to the practice of educational assessment, as described in the NCED Code of Ethics cited above.

    Professional development is divided into six (6) areas of activities to encourage breadth of professional growth and development as provided below. The 150 clock hours must reflect a minimum of three (3) areas of professional development activities.  All PD activities must focus on educational assessment procedures for the purposes of individual eligibility, program and intervention planning, and progress monitoring. 


    AREA 1: Professional Meetings

    •    Conferences

    •    Workshops and seminars

    •    Online webinars and training modules

    •    Attending or Providing Professional development sessions

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Certificate of attendance

    •    Conference handouts/program

    •    Conference registration receipt

    •    transcripts documenting PD hours

    AREA 2: Collaborative Study

    •    Study groups

    •    Case discussion groups

    •    Journal clubs

    •    Book discussion groups

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Summary (1 paragraph) of material studied, including discussion topics and names and contact information of attendees

    AREA 3: Independent Study

    •    Videos, DVDs

    •    Audiotapes, CDs

    •    Books, monographs, journals

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Record of running time of video/audio- presentation or study time, photocopy of title page of material studied, and a 5 – 7 sentence summary

    AREA 4: Teaching, Research, Development

    •    Presentations and professional meetings

    •    Academic courses (Max. 30 CEU hours per 3 hour course no duplication)

    •    Web sites (Max. 25 hours; 5 hrs./page)

    •    Manuscripts, articles (Max. 30 CEDU hrs. – during a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Books, grants

    •    Assessment/intervention products

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Presentation handout

    •    Course outline/syllabus

    •    Copies of Web site content

    •    Copies of manuscripts/proposals

    •    Copies of published works, letter of acceptance

    •    Copyright/patent letter of product

    AREA 5: Graduate Coursework

    •    Graduate-level courses (Max. course clock hours)

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Transcripts of coursework

    AREA 6: Professional Consults

    •    Mentoring (Max. 45 hours – during a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Program evaluations/review (Max. 45 hrs. – during a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Program development (Max. 45 hrs. – over a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Recognition of leadership roles

    §    To enhance and promote high standards of practice for Educational Diagnosticians

    §    NCED Holders can earn PD hours for time spent on Executive Boards of State Associations (TEDA, LEDA, NJALC) or on Executive Boards of National Associations (NCED, CEC, CEDS) (Max. 45 hours – over a 5 year period)

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Verification of mentoring placement and dates/hours (those in which the mentor does not recieve compensation for or is not included in member’s job description)

    •    Copy of evaluation/review report

    •    Copy of development report

    •    Documentation of service to board from copy of newsletter, letterhead, or other form of published verification



    NOTE: PD hours must directly relate to the practice of educational assessment, as described in the NCED Code of Ethics.