The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, administered by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC, is a nationally recognized credential that focuses on the skills of early care and education professionals. Built around six core competencies, CDA Candidates earn 120 hours of training in eight subject areas, compile a professional portfolio, collect questionnaires from parents, and are observed as they care for children in a group setting by a Professional Development Specialist. For more information on the CDA, click here.
CDA Credential Training
CDA Classes are designed to meet the requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition’s National Credentialing Program. It is recommended that participants receive a consultation prior to starting classes. Classes have been organized into eight courses. Each course provides 15 hours of professional development in one of the required subject areas. Courses must be taken in their entirety; individual classes are not permitted. Courses can be taken in any order.
A nonrefundable $100 registration fee is due at the time of registration to cover book and material fees.
Registration for our new virtual only classes is now open. Classes start October 2022. To register, please complete the registration form and submit with your registration fee. Registration will be considered complete when forms and fees are paid in full. Scholarships are available for students working in child care programs. If you are interested in a scholarship to attend classes, please complete and attach the scholarship form with your registraion and payment. If you have any question please call Christina at (877) 691-8521.
Fast Track Virtual Only CDA
A CDA Credential is valid for three years, at which time a candidate can complete a renewal process. Renewal is then required every three years. Renewal requirements include 45 hours of training, membership in a professional organization, current first aid certification, letter of recommendation, and recent work experience.
For more information about the CDA Credential, training, or renewal, please contact Jenna at (877) 691-8521 or via email.