Renewing Your CDA

Upon initial completion, your CDA credential is valid for three years. After that, you'll need to renew the CDA credential, so it remains valid. The renewal process helps educators stay knowledgeable about advancements in early childhood education.

ProSolutions Training offers CDA Renewal Training coursework to help you meet the CDA Renewal requirements.

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Your CDA Renewal Checklist

CDA Renewal ChecklistWhat You Need to Know to Renew the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential
  1. Purchase a Renewal Packet from the Council. The packet includes the information and documents you need to begin your CDA renewal application, including the application form, recommendation form and waiver request form.
  2. Gather required documentation. All renewal candidates must meet the following five criteria:
  3. Apply for the CDA renewal. Once you meet all of the requirements, you are ready to fill out and submit your CDA renewal application. You may submit your renewal application no sooner than 90 days before your credential expiration date.
Upon receipt of the application and supporting documents, Council staff will review the materials for completeness. If all materials are in order and complete, the Council will award the CDA Renewal Credential. If the materials are incomplete, the Council will notify you, and you will then be given the opportunity to resolve the problem(s) within a specified time period.