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So, you're planning to renew your Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential?
Before taking the first step, it's essential to understand the process and gather the necessary documents for a smooth CDA renewal process. ProSolutions Training is here to help you prepare and fulfill CDA® Renewal Training requirements.
In this CDA Renewal Guide, we'll walk you through background information on the CDA, provide essential resources, and share a helpful checklist highlighting the action steps needed to renew your credential.
Let's dive in!
Your CDA® Credential at a Glance
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early care and education. CDA Training gives educators essential skills to provide outstanding care and succeed as ECE professionals.
CDA® Renewal serves to ensure that educators like you are well-informed on early education fundamentals. To renew your CDA, you'll submit an application and provide several supporting documents. Remember to submit both the application and payment before your credential expires.
As of May 2022, the Council has created a free CDA Renewal Procedures Guide to provide information on what you must do to keep a CDA.
Wondering how to keep your CDA current? We’ve created the CDA® Renewal Checklist to help you easily navigate the renewal process. In this checklist, we highlight the requirements for each of the three categories: Professional Development, Continued Work with Children, and Safety.
1. Continued Professional Education
First up: completing continuing education. It’s a key part of the CDA renewal process and you can tackle it in one of three ways:
4.5 continuing education credits (CEUs)
45 clock hours of child development or ECE training
3 credit hours from courses at an accredited college or university
Remember, it's super important to finish all your CDA renewal training hours after the issue date of your most current CDA® Credential. This makes sure everything you've learned counts!
To provide verification of completion, you must provide one of the following:
College or university transcript
Training agency formal verification letter
Training verification form
ProSolutions Training's CDA® Renewal Training includes 45 clock hours/4.5 CEUs. We offer CDA Renewal Courses for each type of CDA® Credential. Plus, access your CDA Renewal Classes whenever you want with our 24/7 online access.
Our user-friendly dashboard is your key to quickly completing your training – take full control of your pace! You decide whether to study for a few hours or go for a full day marathon (up to 8 tests per day).
After sailing through the CDA Renewal Classes online with ProSolutions Training, we'll provide you with a verification of your training.
Heads-up: The Council doesn't accept training logs or unapproved state registry printouts as valid proof of training.
2. Membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization
Your next big step in the renewal process is to show proof of a current membership in an early childhood professional org.
There are loads of professional groups in the early childhood education field you can be a part of. Besides ticking off a requirement, joining these groups can help you grow professionally in a bunch of ways.
Perks on joining:
Stay current on early childhood issues
Join in group efforts to promote positive change
3. Training and Membership Verification
Last up on the Professional Development to-do list is to pick a Verifier. They're the ones who'll check your training and membership documentation.
The Verifier can be any of the following:
an education coordinator,
a center director,
or another authorized staff person.
Note: The Council does NOT take training and membership submissions.
CONTINUED WORK WITH CHILDREN
1. Complete 80 Hours of Work Experience
Staying fresh when it comes to teaching and caring for little ones is key. This means you must log 80 hours working with children. The work setting should match your specific credential type.
Clock these volunteer or paid hours within a year before you hand in your application.
2. Recommendation from an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Reviewer
You need an ECE Reviewer - someone who can verify your 80 hours of hands-on experience and give you a solid recommendation. They should have seen you in action, doing what you do best in the past year.
Do your ECE Reviewer a favor by passing along these documents. It'll smooth out the process when they're filling out info for your renewal application.