What do I do if my CDA has expired?

Posted by Care Courses

Jul 18, 2017 2:56:30 PM


Has your CDA expired? Are you wondering if you should renew or reapply?  People call every day with questions such as, "Can I renew my national CDA if it expired?" or "When does my CDA expire?" or "Is it too late to renew my national CDA?"  

With so much to keep track of during busy days (or years!) it can be easy to lose track of dates. Make sure to take note of the date you received your CDA and the date it expires. Remember that all CDAs issued after June 2013 must be renewed every three years.

Normally, the CDA Council requires that you complete a new CDA Credential if your expired CDA was not renewed before its expiration date.

However, on July 1, 2017 the Council launched the Renewal Amnesty Program. This program will end March 30, 2018.*

Keep reading to learn if your expired CDA qualifies for this amnesty program!

What is the CDA Council’s Renewal Amnesty Program and how can I renew my expired CDA?

If your CDA Credential expired on or after January 1, 2007, the CDA Renewal Amnesty Program allows you to renew your CDA by waiving the renewal deadline. This allows you to complete the renewal requirements and apply online for renewal, even if you did not submit your renewal application before your credential expired. To be eligible for the Renewal Amnesty Program you must meet the five renewal requirements.

If you plan to renew your CDA under the Renewal Amnesty Program, you must:

  1. Complete 45 hours of continuing education training in the setting of your original CDA Credential
    1. Training must be completed after your CDA credential's issue date.
    2. Training must be completed within 5 years prior to the date you submit your renewal application to the Council.
  2. Choose an early childhood education (ECE) professional to complete your recommendation.
  3. Achieve First Aid and Infant/Child (Pediatric) CPR Certification.
  4. Work with young children in the setting of your original CDA Credential.
  5. Join or renew your membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization

We wrote about the renewal process, too!

Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the opportunity to renew under the CDA Council’s Renewal Amnesty Program must have their application materials and payment submitted online by March 30, 2018 with no exceptions or extensions.

If you have already submitted an application to the CDA Council for a new CDA credential because your original CDA credential expired, you must proceed with that initial application process. The Renewal Amnesty Program began on July 1, 2017 and cannot be applied retroactively.

Renew your National CDA with Care Courses

Please let us know how we can assist you further with the CDA process! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!



*This is a new deadline based on an extension announced by the CDA Council on 12/14/2017

Topics: The National CDA

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