The NCAG, Inc. (NCAG) is a unique organization of professional academic and financial college planners. The board of the NCAG has created a certification program for these planners, a certification by its members for its members. The certification has been labeled "Certified College Advisor" (CCA).
There are several certification programs out there, but this is unique due to its mandate to certify NCAG members only. The goal of the certification is the development of a foundational level of knowledge for planners from the academic and the financial perspective.
The developers have created one test with two parts. One half of the program revolves around college planning from an academic perspective and the other half revolves around the financial perspective. There are three books, seven recorded webinars based on the three books and an option to set up a conference call with the creators of the certification program to have any questions answered. The three books are The Financial Aid Handbook, Admissions Matters, and Paying for College Without Going Broke. More information about the specific chapters that will be covered in these books is available after registering for the exam. We strongly suggest studying all offered training before taking the test.
The test is not an open book test but a paper test under the eye of a proctor. Candidates must correctly answer 70% of the questions on each part of the exam to pass the test. If the CCA candidate fails one of the two parts, then a retake of the failed portion is allowed within a three-month period of time from the date of the original test.
Successful completion of the CCA offers the following benefits:
- A special listing on the NCAG web site as a college planner who can help with both the academic and financial aspects of the college process.
- Three coupons each worth $70.00. One coupon can be used per year for any of the next five national NCAG Conferences.
- Qualifies the CCA as a mentor for future members of the NCAG.
- A plaque to commemorate your completion of the program.
- Recognition at the NCAG Conference of your accomplishment.
The price for access to the training, test and designation is $500. There are promotions to attendees of the annual NCAG Conference for a reduction in the price.