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How to Earn The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™:
Please identify the setting for which you will be applying.


Learn more about the different CDA Settings. You may apply for one credential setting at a time. When applying for another credential, you must complete another application and assessment process.


Click here (PDF) for an overview of the CDA credentialing process effective June 1, 2013*
Click here (PDF) for comparison of the old and the new credentialing process*
Click here for Questions and Answers about the new CDA credentialing process*

* does not apply to the Home Visitor setting

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the new CDA credentialing process, the observation of a Candidate in the classrom is part of the Verification Visit that takes place AFTER the Candidate submits the CDA application. Every PD Specialist and Candidate must wait for the receipt of the Ready to Schedule Notice from the Council before completing the Verification Visit. PD Specialist must NOT conduct the Verification Visit before the Candidate's application is submitted to the Council. Please refer to the overview of the new credentialing process.