CDA 101: A Practical Guide to Understanding the CDA Process

This free 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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This free online CDA tutorial is for all early care and education professionals who are interested in applying for the early childhood national CDA Credential. 

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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Please note: CDA 101: A Practical Guide to Understanding the CDA Process is a  free non-credit online 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 30 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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