The information below has been reposted from the Council of Professional Recognition website at: http://www.cdacouncil.org/the-cda-credential/how-to-renew-your-cda. The Child Development Associate Credentialing program is administered by the Council of Professional Recognition. Please contact the Council of Professional Recognition for further information regarding the renewal of your CDA Credential.
A CDA Credential is valid for three years from the award date. A CDA Credential may only be renewed for the original setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization. The purpose of the CDA renewal is to ensure that Child Development Associates are maintaining current knowledge and skills in their work with young children and families.
All CDA Renewal Candidates must meet the following five criteria:
- Documented proof of a current Red Cross or other nationally recognized agency First Aid and Infant/Child (Pediatric) CPR certification - the certification must include (1) treatment for blocked airway and (2) provide rescue breathing for infants and young children. Note: First AID/CPR training is not accepted from independent consultants and/or online training.
- Documented proof of one of the following types of training in early childhood education/child development, principles of adult learning, mental health counseling, etc.:
- 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- a three-credit-hour course
- or 45 clock hours
These hours must be in addition to the original 120 clock hours required when the Candidate obtained the CDA Credential. Bilingual CDAs must meet this requirement with coursework incorporating bilingual education.
- Documented proof of recent (within one year) prior to your renewal, you must have worked a minimum of 80 hours with young children or families. This must be documented in a letter from your supervisor. (Note: The letter from your supervisor should specify, “works with children”.)
- A completed Letter of Recommendation Form regarding the CDA's competence with young children prepared by an early childhood education (ECE) Reviewer. The ECE Reviewer must meet the eligibility requirements.
- Documented proof current membership with a national or local early childhood professional organization. Your membership must be active/current at the time the Council receives your renewal information. This must be an individual membership, not an agency membership.. For a list of National Early Childhood Organizations click here.
Please note that on September 1, 2013, the fee to renew CDA Credentials increased. The Council now charges $100 for processing paper CDA Renewal Applications. Candidates applying online using YourCDA will receive a $25 discount and the new online renewal fee is $75. Make sure to secure your funds before you apply for CDA Renewal, payment is due in full at the time of application.
The CDA renewal process involves three steps:
- Purchase a CDA Renewal Packet: The CDA Renewal Packet applies to all four types of credentials — Center-based Preschool; Center-based Infant/Toddler; Family Child Care; and Home Visitor.
- Gather required documentation as outlined above in the five renewal criteria. Specific instructions are provided in the CDA Renewal Packet, including information relative to identifying an early childhood education professional to prepare the recommendation form.
- Apply for the CDA Renewal: if you meet all requirements, you are ready to fill out and submit your CDA Renewal Application. The fastest and easiest way to renew your CDA Credential is to apply online. You may submit your CDA Renewal Application no sooner than six months before your credential expiration date.Note: You must renew your CDA credential before it expires. Your CDA credential will expire 3-years from the date of award.
Upon receipt of the application and supporting documents, Council staff will review the materials for completeness. If all materials are in order, the Council will award the CDA Renewal Credential. If the materials are incomplete, the Council will notify the CDA Renewal Candidate who will be given the opportunity to resolve the problem within a specified time period.