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CDA FAQ’s

What is the C.D.A.?
The CDA stands for "Child Development Associate", and is a credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC upon successful completion of all requirements.

What do I need to do to get my CDA?
The CDA process consists of several components:

Do I need to take classes?
Some people do. You need to have 120 hours of in-service training hours in the past 5 years (or the equivalent of 2-3 college courses in child development) in order to complete your CDA.

Does a CDA expire?
Yes. CDA’s are valid for 3 years initially, then for 5 more every time they are renewed. (The renewal process involves much less than the initial expectations.)

What is the cost?
The cost for the CDA packet is $17.75. The cost for the credential (when you are ready to submit) is $325. Typically an Advisor is paid around $100.

How long does it take to get my CDA?
It is a "self study" program, but typically it takes 3 – 6 months.

Copyright 2005 ~Cathy Abraham