CDA 101: A Practical Guide to Understanding the CDA Process

This free online course tutorial will help you understand the CDA process. It is non-credit and does not award clock hours or CEUs or a certificate.

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Tutorial Description

This free online tutorial is for all early childhood professionals interested in the CDA Credential.

The CDA Credential is an early childhood education certification offered by the Council for Professional Recognition, also called the CDA Council.

Learn about eligibility requirements and the specific steps for applying, demonstrating, and earning your CDA. Gain a solid sense of the full credentialing process with this short and straightforward instructional program.

Applies to Infant/Toddler Center-Based, Preschool Center-Based, and Family Child Care CDAs.

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CDA 101: A Practical Guide to Understanding the CDA Process
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Acceptance information

CDA 101: A Practical Guide to Understanding the CDA Process is a free non-credit online course tutorial. It does not offer clock hours or a certificate. To receive an enrollment code for this program, please add it to your cart and proceed through our checkout process.

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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Care Courses currently offers over 40 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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