Congratulations on beginning the Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing process! The following steps will help you to understand how to obtain your CDA Credential.
Refer to pages 8-9 in the CDA Competency Standards Book.
Your Professional Portfolio MUST be prepared within 6 months of submitting the application to the CDA Council of Professional Recognition.
You should be working on the components of the Professional Portfolio while completing the CDA training. If it takes you more than 6 months to complete the CDA training, be sure to go back and update the Professional Portfolio components that you completed to reflect current information.
Refer to the CDA Competency Standards Book starting on page 10.
What are Family Questionnaires?
Family Questionnaires are a required component of the CDA Professional Portfolio. Candidates are required to distribute the questionnaires to the families they serve and include them in their CDA Professional Portfolio. The Family Questionnaires allow the Candidate to review and address feedback from the families they serve to aid in their professional development.
Refer to pages 19-22 in the CDA Competency Standards Book.
Refer to the CDA Competency Standards Book starting on page 22/23.
The CDA Exam includes 65 multiple-choice questions, which includes five scenario questions where a short narrative is required, and candidates have up to an hour and 45 minutes to complete it. CDA Exams are provided through a Pearson VUE testing center near you.
After you have completed all the required steps, you should receive your credentialing decision from the Council within a week if there are no errors or missing information. Exam Envelope with Congratulations inside and Verification Visit scores are generally transmitted within 24-48 hours of completion, and the decision takes 1-3 business days from that point.
However, if information is missing or there are errors, it could take 4-6 weeks to receive your credentialing decision as errors are corrected and/or missing information is retrieved. You will receive a notice by mail about your credentialing decision.
Refer to pages 26-29 in the CDA Competency Standards Book.