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How to Obtain Your Infant/Toddler CDA

How do I get my Infant/Toddler CDA?

Learn about all the components of the CDA process by taking our Free CDA Tutorial!


The CDA process has several steps. Care Courses can help. The training portion can be completed with Care Courses, and our specialists can answer questions about all of the steps. Confused? Contact us at 1-800-685-7610 or send an email to: cda@carecourses.com for help with your CDA or CDA decisions.

1. To prepare for your CDA, you must satisfy these requirements:
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent, or be a junior or senior in a high school vocational program in early education.
  • Be able to speak, read, and write well enough to perform the responsibilities of a CDA.
  • Complete 120 clock hours of formal childcare training.
  • Within 3 years of submitting your CDA application: Have 480 hours of professional work (paid or volunteer) experience in a group setting with children aged birth to 3 years, including experience with each of the three infant/toddler sub-groups: young infants (birth–8 months), mobile infants (9–17 months), and toddlers (18–36 months).
  • Purchase a CDA Competency Standards book from the Council: 1-800-424-4310 or Competency Standards Book. Choose the book specific to the setting for which you wish to apply (Family Child Care, Infant/Toddler Center-Based, or Preschool Center-Based). Read the CDA Competency Standards book carefully. We recommend that you order this book from the Council as soon as possible.
  • Develop a Professional Portfolio (within 6 months of application) that includes: Family Questionnaires, Resource Collection items, Reflective Statements of Competence, and a Personal Philosophy Statement.
2. To apply for your CDA, you must:
  • Find a Professional Development Specialist at www.cdacouncil.org/findapds (or call the Council for assistance) and get his/ her ID number.
  • Complete the CDA application (in the Competency Standards book).
  • Submit your application and fee ($425) to the Council.

3. Once you have completed the steps above, schedule your Verification Visit and CDA Exam.

4. And finally, await the council's decision as they review your Cumulative Score from the Verification Visit and the CDA Exam.