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To ensure that early childhood education professionals have current knowledge and skills to work with young children and families, the Council for Professional Recognition requires that the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential TM be renewed every three years.
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Steps to Renew the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential
- Purchase a CDA 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.
- 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.