The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is a widely recognized credential for employment in an early childhood setting.
The CDA Credential Process
Preparation for the CDA Credential is extensive, and includes a combination of education and professional experience. Some programs will allow students in the process of earning their CDA credential to work in the classroom on the condition that they obtain the credential within a certain period of time. This provides valuable classroom training and counts towards the 480 hours of experience required to apply.
Once all requirements have been met, the initial application to the CDA Council may be made through their website. Application requires a non-refundable $425 fee, either paid with your application, by your agency (with documentation required).
Demonstration and Evaluation
To finish the CDA process, an observational visit from an CDA Professional Specialist and examination must be completed. These steps should be completed within 6 months of submitting your "ready to verify" request to the CDA Council.
Visit the CDA Website
Apply and check your application status
Contact the CDA Council