National Family Development Credential Program (FDC)
The National Family Development Credential® Program (FDC), an NCCRS member since June 2021, was established in 1996 at Cornell University and is currently housed within the University of Connecticut Center for the Study of Culture, Health & Human Development (CHHD). The National Family Development Credential® Program issues the Family Development Credential and the Family Development Leadership Credential. The FDC Program is a professional development course and credentialing program for frontline family workers and leaders to learn and practice skills of strength-based family support. FDC courses are offered to frontline workers who work with families across the life span including young children, teen parents, retired people, people with disabilities, and many other groups.
The FDC program offers two courses:
Empowerment Skills for Workers - a 90- hour interactive training for frontline workers in a variety of work settings. In addition to classroom instruction facilitated by an FDC certified instructor, participants develop a Skills Portfolio and pass an exam to earn the credential.
Empowerment Skills for Leaders - a 30-hour interactive training for supervisors and leaders in a variety of work settings. In addition to classroom instruction facilitated by an FDC certified instructor, participants develop a Skills Portfolio to earn the credential.
Both courses utilize the core principles and concepts of family development to enhance their organization’s capacity for empowerment-based support and leadership. FDC courses are offered through interagency partnerships by community-based instructors and portfolio advisors who are trained by their state's credentialing organization.
Students and admissions representatives please note: NCCRS does not provide transcripts. Transcript requests and inquiries should be directed to the organization offering the courses, examinations, or apprenticeship. See the Source of Official Student Records in the sidebar near the top right side of this page.