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The Council has provided a number of online resources to help you better navigate the CDA credentialing process. To help you get started here are some frequently used online resources to help answer questions that may arise:

How to Earn a CDA
How to Renew your CDA
Purchase Council Publications in our online Bookstore
Apply online for your CDA - check your status anytime when you apply online...it is also the fastest and easiest way to earn and renew your CDA Credential!


If you require additional assistance, the Council staff is here to be resource and help support you through the CDA credentialing process.

Council Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm

Feel free to contact us anytime during regular business hours:

By phone:

  1. 24/7 Automated Self-Service- Check the status of your initial or renewal application, publication order or PD Specialist payment anytime! Simply call 1-800-424-4310, when prompted select option 2 and then press the number for the service you are interested in.


    o  Option 1 allows you to check the status of your new application.

    o  Option 2 allows you to check the status of your CDA renewal application.

    o  Option 3 allows you to check the status of your order. Please have your order number available.

    o  Option 4 allows you to check the status of your most recent PDS payment.

  2. Speak to a Council Associate - When calling the Council you may experience long hold times, however, your call is important to us and we do appreciate your patience. If we are unable to answer your call, please try back during non-peak hours 8am-11am or 3pm-5pm.

  1-800-424-4310 (toll free)
  202-265-9090 (local)

By online chat

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