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:
    • Documented proof of a current Red Cross or other agency Pediatric First Aid Certificate, which must include (1) treatment for blocked airway and (2) rescue breathing for infants and young children.
    • Documented proof of at least 4.5 continuing education units (CEUs) or a three-credit-hour course in early childhood education/child development, principles of adult learning, mental health counseling, etc. These hours must be in addition to the original 120 clock-hours completed to obtain the CDA credential. Bilingual CDAs must meet this requirement with coursework incorporating bilingual issues.
    • Documented proof of a minimum of 80 hours of work experience within the past year. This should be a letter on official letterhead from a supervisor. See example.
    • A completed Letter of Recommendation Form regarding the CDA candidate's competence with young children prepared by an early childhood education (ECE) reviewer. The ECE reviewer must meet Council eligibility requirements..
    • Documented proof of current membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization. For a list of such organizations, see the Council's website.
  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.