Can I Use Care Courses To Get My Florida Staff Credential?

Today we are going to answer a common question we receive about the Florida Staff Credential and how to use Care Courses to get the credential. First, Care Courses can be used towards the 120 clock hours of training you need to get the National CDA issued by the Council for Professional Recognition. Once you obtain your CDA from the CDA council, you will meet the requirements needed to obtain your Florida Staff Credential!

While there are several ways to earn your Florida Staff Credential, one way is to have a “National Early Childhood Credential.” The Florida Department of Children and Families defines a National Early Childhood Credential as: “National Child Development Associate (CDA) or other early childhood credential that meets or exceeds the requirements of the National CDA and is recognized by regulatory agencies in at least five states.” The National CDA is one of the most widely recognized early childhood credentials in the country and can be renewed every three years to keep your Florida Staff Credential. (You can also use Care Courses to conveniently renew your CDA and Florida Staff Credential!)

If you already have a college degree in early childhood or a related field or have the FCCPC or other early childhood credential, we recommend reviewing the Florida Staff Credential Resource Page to learn how your education can be used to get your Florida Staff Credential. Once you have met the education requirements of the Florida Staff Credential, it is time to submit your Florida Staff Credential application.

How do I renew my Florida Staff Credential?

Care Courses are accepted for the 4.5 CEUs (45 clock hours) needed for renewal of Florida Staff Credentials which includes the renewal of the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), the Florida Birth through Five Child Care Credential, the Florida School Age Child Care Credential, and the Florida Director’s Credential. Care Courses is an IACET-authorized CEU Provider and all of our courses offer IACET CEUs. Learn more about how Care Courses’ IACET accredited courses are accepted for DCF training.  

If you obtained your Florida Staff Credential by getting your National CDA, you may use our training to renew your CDA and Staff Credential! Use Care Courses’ discounted CDA renewal sets to renew. Your National CDA must be renewed every three years to renew your staff credential.

What about the FCCPC?

A Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), like the National CDA, may also be used to obtain your Florida Staff Credential. The National CDA and FCCPC have very similar requirements as well. For both the National CDA and FCCPC, you must obtain 120 hours of training, 480 hours of work experience, and complete a professional portfolio, and an observation visit (among other requirements). Both require 45 clock hours of training to renew. The National CDA must be renewed every 3 years and an FCCPC is renewed every 5 years. Please note that Care Courses are not accepted towards obtaining the FCCPC; however, Care Courses may be used to renew a Florida Staff Credential obtained using an FCCPC.

One benefit of the National CDA is that it is already accepted towards child care requirements around the country. This means you can apply it towards other state requirements in the event that you moved and wanted to work in child care in another state. Read our blog about what the National CDA can do for you in other states!

Do you have more questions? Check out our Florida child care training page to learn how our courses can be used in Florida. Give us a call and our CDA experts will be happy to discuss how you can obtain your CDA.

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