Kuder Featured in NCDA Book

NCDA guidebook calls Kuder's assessments "a great tool for career and school counselors."

The Kuder Career Planning System® (KCPS) is featured in the National Career Development Association's latest book, A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment Instruments (7th ed.). The book is a go-to resource for practitioners, trainees, and counselor educators interested in assessment within career and counseling fields.

Editors Kevin B. Stoltz and Susan R. Barclay have dedicated the book to workers, and to "the spirit of human endeavor, for in the final analysis, humans cannot be still but must advance, and this advance is our work."

The book contains a comprehensive listing and evaluation of the top research-based career assessment instruments available in the marketplace.


We're delighted to report that the KCPS is one of only 14 assessment systems featured, and Kuder sits alongside only the Self-Directed Search and the ASVAB with the same depth of coverage inside this significant reference book. "Kuder is honored to be recognized in this key position," said Kuder Chief Product Officer Rich Gates

In their comprehensive evaluation of the KCPS, reviewers Melinda M. Gibbons and Charmayne R. Adam, of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, call the Kuder system "a useful, interactive, online program." 

Below are some additional excerpts from their evaluation:

  • The assessment platform is user friendly.
  • The extensive research conducted for each assessment demonstrates strong evidence of reliability, validity, and attempts at cultural fairness.
  • The assessments are a great tool for career and school counselors to use with clients in exploring educational and vocational opportunities that align with skills, values, and interests.

According to Gates, as the book was being written, Kuder was in the process of updating its assessments and career advisement systems. "With new interest and skills confidence assessments constructed in 2018 and published in 2019, and current work in progress to re-imagine the career guidance tools offered to counselors and teachers, Kuder embodies the change context of career assessments highlighted within A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment," he said. 

Gates continued, "As Spencer Niles and Clayton Martin recognize in their chapter, 'Career Assessment: Perspectives on Trends and Issues,' the changing nature of work as the fourth industrial revolution continues to unfold, the broadening availability of technology, international developments, and need for accountability will be vital factors driving a need for 'new career assessments, new practices, and new theoretical perspectives.' Kuder looks forward to engaging this changing context, meeting the challenges it brings, and continuing to be a leader."

Cover image courtesy of the National Career Development Association. 

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