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Earning Your CDA
ProSolutions Training offers you affordable and complete CDA Training coursework. These courses meet the formal education requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) CredentialTM. The Council for Professional Recognition requires 120 hours of coursework to get your CDA. Our online CDA Training covers 120 hours across all eight subject areas - and it's easy to follow.
ProSolutions Training was one of the first to receive CDA® Gold Standard Certification. This is because our online coursework is high quality and interactive. We also provide helpful support services for students. Our learning management system also offers a great user experience. Interested in 3 or more CDA Training packages? Click here to learn more about bulk CDA Training.
YOUR CDA ROADMAP TO SUCCESS
A minimum of a high school diploma/GED or current enrollment in a high school career/technical program
480 clock hours of experience working with children within three years of beginning your application
120 hours of training in eight subject areas, all covered in the ProSolutions Training online CDA coursework
Benefits of CDA Training with ProSolutions Training
Having a CDA credential opens up numerous opportunities, but it can be difficult for a professional who is already working to find the time to take classes. At ProSolutions Training, we provide you with the most economical online alternative for the formal early childhood education portion of your journey to the CDA. You'll get all the coursework you need to apply, and so much more:
Flexibility — Courses are available 24/7, and you can take them in any order at your own pace.
Free resources — Each course you complete includes additional materials you can use, from helpful book lists to practical ideas for your classroom. Examples of these free resources include:
State-approved coursework — Our online coursework has been reviewed and is approved by most state regulatory agencies. For information on coursework approval in your state, visit our approvals page.
CDA Training coursework is available in English and in Spanish.
Head Start staff can use our CDA coursework to meet Head Start training requirements.
Special support from ProSolutions Training that you won't find from other online training providers, helping you maximize the value of your training:
A review course at the end of each subject area to help you remember the key elements in that subject area
Advice about the CDA competency goals and resource collection requirements
Access to two additional courses, Your Journey to the CDA Credential: Let's Get Started! and Creating a Dynamite Professional Portfolio!, which review the requirements for a CDA credential and provide practical advice on how to assemble your application
Once you have determined your eligibility and completed the required coursework, purchase the $25 CDA Competency Standards Book from the Council
for Professional Recognition. This book will provide you with all of the steps required to prepare for the application process, including:
Preparation of the Professional Portfolio – a collection of resources.
Reflective Statements of Competence – using, at key points, the resources you collected.
Professional Philosophy Statement – a summary of your viewpoint; takes into account learning that occurred when preparing the
Family Questionnaires – to be distributed to the families of children in your care; the questionnaires highlight areas of
strength as well as areas of growth.
The next step is to start the Council for Professional Recognition's application process, either online or on paper. To apply for your initial CDA Credential, the cost is $425 for online applications and $500 for paper applications. CDA candidates save $75 by applying online! As part of the application process, you will select a CDA Professional Development (PD) Specialist from the Council's
online directory. This person will observe you working with young children as part of the process. After you complete the CDA Application Process, you will need to take your Childhood Development Associate credential test at a Pearson Vue Testing Center.