Terms and Conditions


The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) is a membership organization created in response to the national need to share information about the issue of youth at risk and dropout prevention. We offer individual, group, retiree, and student memberships. Members have access to a wide range of publications, newsletters, research reports, event updates, and discounts on NDPC fees and services. 

National Dropout Prevention Center Member Levels:

  • Retiree/Student ($35.00)
  • Individual ($99.00)
  • Group 4+ (Discounted individual rate multiplied by number of people; $75.00 per person)

Membership Term duration is one calendar year.  Active membership is defined as the membership period in which members are in Good Standing (as defined below). Expiration Date is defined as the date on which NDPC membership is valid through. Upon expiration, member benefits will be stopped, and access to NDPC content will be limited.

  •  In Good Standing: Member has completed their initial or renewal membership purchase and has not reached their expiration date.
  •  Payment Pending: An individual’s member payment has not processed, or has not been completed. These individuals are not active members in good standing, and their membership term has not yet started.
  •  Past Due: If the expiration date has passed and a member has not renewed, a member’s standing will show ‘Past Due’ up to 60 days past the expiration date.
  •  Terminated: Membership lapsed more than 60 days.
  •  Cancelled: Member elected to terminate their membership by contacting NDPC.

Only one person may use the email address and password associated with a membership account.

NDPC accepts payment via all major credit cards or personal check. We reserve the right to reject any order or purchase at any time.

Billing of One-Year Membership Terms
Membership is billed at the initiation of the membership process. Once we charge or debit your payment method, your membership is considered active for one calendar year from your join date. 

NDPC reserves the right to change annual membership dues. Members will receive notification of changes through the website and in the annual email notification.

Cancellation and Refunds of Membership
Membership can be cancelled at any time, but all membership dues will be forfeited and no refund will be issued.

Cancellations by NDPC: We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your membership for any reason, with or without notice and without further obligation. You will not be entitled to a refund in these circumstances. We reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at our sole discretion.

Online Courses 

NDPC offers online courses in each of the 15 research-based Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. Each self-paced course takes from 60 to 120 minutes to complete, except the overview course which takes about 6 hours to complete. Each course is $99.00 and the overview course is $149.00. The overview course is worth two credits and each individual course is worth one creidt.

Courses are non-transferable. You must not share your username and password with anyone else or allow anyone else to access the Site using your username and password. Once payment is received, you will have 1 year to complete the course(s). NDPC does not offer refunds for courses.

National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program

NDPC offers a certification program for educators and at-risk youth workers. The certification verifies knowledge and expertise in at-risk youth issues and strategies for raising graduation rates. Applicants must complete and submit an NDPS application electronically along with $350.00 (application and processing fee). Applicants must enroll and pay within 30 days of an NDPS professional learning event and must complete 12 credits and their field report within 2 years. This fee is refundable in the event of non-acceptance to the program.

Application and Program Requirements

The NDPS professional learning requirement can be met by attending NDPC conference event sessions sufficient to address 12 or more different research-based effective strategies. Participants may self-select from identified event sessions offered at selected NDPC training events, such as the annual National Dropout Prevention Conference, the annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM, or the annual National Forum on Dropout Prevention or may successfully complete NDPC online courses or a combination of events and courses to total 12. NDPC event sessions are coded to applicable effective strategies to facilitate easy selection by NDPS participants. Professional learning costs such as event registration, travel, and online professional development courses are the responsibility of the participant.

The NDPS field project requirement is met by submission of a Field Project Report, which will be shared worldwide with other practitioners via the NDPC website.

NDPS certification is issued by the National Dropout Prevention Center for a three-year validity period and is renewable by participation in four or more professional learning sessions per calendar year and maintenance of NDPC membership during the certification period. This may be obtained through conference and event attendance. 

Trauma Skilled Specialist Certification Model (Individual TSS Specialist)

NDPC has developed the Trauma-Skilled Certification Model to address the trauma strategy gap and help schools move from concern to action. Applicants are required to attend all sessions of a 2-day Trauma Skilled Institute offered by NDPC or attend all sessions of a 2.5 day Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference offered by NDPC or complete five Trauma-Skilled online courses. Applicants must apply online. Application fee is $450 and is due within 30 days of initial training.

TS Certification is valid for 3 years with renewal by attending a TSS conference or event offered by NDPC. This fee is refundable in the event of non-acceptance to the program.

Trauma Skilled Specialist Certification is copyrighted and owned by the National Dropout Prevention Center. As a Trauma Skilled Specialist you are not authorized to use the training, materials, and content outside of your educational employment for profit or personal gain. 

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