How do I renew my national CDA?

Posted by Care Courses

Jul 5, 2017 8:19:52 AM


If your CDA credential is expiring soon, you might be asking, “When am I supposed to renew my CDA?” or, “What do I need to do to renew my CDA?”

Don’t worry!  Care Courses has you covered.

You must apply to renew your CDA before your current credential expires, but the earliest you can apply is six months prior to the expiration date on your current credential.  

To be eligible to renew your national CDA, you must have:

“The Council accepts three (3) forms of verification of coursework specific to your setting:
College or University transcript (Transcript must include the college or university’s name and the renewal Candidate’s name.  In addition, the course must reflect successful completion.)

Verification letter on the training agency’s official letterhead, which includes original signature, title, and contact information of person verifying training.

Training Verification Form (official form included in the Renewal Procedures Guide) – This form should be used by CDA Candidates with training certificates and/or training obtained from multiple sources.”

  • A letter verifying that you have 80 hours of work experience with young children within the past year. This verification should be completed by an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Reviewer.
    • The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Reviewer Standards can be found in the Renewal Procedures Guide for your specific setting. Please note that in order to be considered an ECE Reviewer, the person must meet the CDA Council’s education and work experience standards and must not have any of the conflicts of interest listed in the Renewal Procedures Guide.

  • A letter of recommendation from an ECE Reviewer.
  • Proof of membership to a national or local early childhood professional organization. A list of recommended organizations can be found on the CDA Council’s website.
  • The CDA Council renewal fee of $150. Candidates who apply online receive a $25 discount.

Renew your National CDA with Care Courses

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Topics: The National CDA

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