Are you pur­su­ing your Nation­al CDA? Have you already com­plet­ed a por­tion of the 120-hour train­ing require­ment, but still need more train­ing before you can apply? Look no fur­ther because we’re here to help!

“I’ve only done train­ing through Care Cours­es. Will I be able to use my Care Cours­es to get my nation­al CDA?  Will I still have to pur­chase the whole Care Cours­es CDA train­ing set?  How can I find out what to do?”

Yes, it is very like­ly that you will be able to use the Care Cours­es that you’ve already com­plet­ed toward your Nation­al CDA, which means that you will most like­ly not need to pur­chase an entire CDA train­ing set.

Our CDA train­ing sets sat­is­fy the 120 hours you need and togeth­er, the cours­es cov­er the eight sub­ject areas required by the CDA coun­cil. If you have tak­en cours­es that aren’t part of our Nation­al CDA train­ing sets, we ask that you give us a call and request a train­ing analy­sis with our Train­ing Coor­di­na­tor. She will rec­om­mend a per­son­al­ized course selec­tion so that you can com­plete your CDA training.

“I start­ed my CDA train­ing with anoth­er school before I dis­cov­ered the Care Cours­es web­site. May I still com­plete my CDA with you guys?”

If you are work­ing on the 120 clock hours of train­ing need­ed to apply for the Nation­al CDA and you already have some of the train­ing from a dif­fer­ent school, you can still use Care Cours­es to fin­ish your hours. How­ev­er, the cours­es we rec­om­mend for you may be dif­fer­ent from those includ­ed in our CDA Train­ing Sets.

“Well then, what can I do to get start­ed tak­ing Care Cours­es and com­plet­ing my CDA training?”

Before order­ing addi­tion­al train­ing, be sure to fol­low these instructions:

  1. Dou­ble check with your orig­i­nal train­ing orga­ni­za­tion to ensure that the CDA coun­cil accepts their training.
  2. Find out which of the Council’s eight sub­ject areas your train­ing covers.
  3. Write down the num­ber of hours you com­plet­ed in each sub­ject area. 
  4. If your orig­i­nal school isn’t able to give you this infor­ma­tion, read pages 8 and 9 in the Council’s Com­pe­ten­cy Stan­dards Book. The infor­ma­tion on these pages will help you review your pre­vi­ous train­ing your­self and deter­mine if the train­ing meets the Council’s requirements.

After you get this infor­ma­tion from your pre­vi­ous train­ing provider, call us and speak with one of our Train­ing Coach­es. We will help you choose which cours­es will best meet the remain­ing train­ing requirements. 

If you have com­plet­ed col­lege lev­el cours­es in ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion and/or child devel­op­ment and want to use them towards your CDA, con­tact your col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty to find out what sub­ject areas your col­lege cours­es fulfill.

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: We’re here to help!

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